Going round to Debs' for Dinner

13:00 Karen 20 Comments

Hi, this is just a quick post because, as usual, I'm running late and I have to get ready. As many of you will know we are going round to our friend Debs for a girly dinner. Oh my word, there are so many of us going that I hope she has a really big table. Although, as she lives in Arizona, perhaps we will be eating in her garden. She has recently moved house and has been spending time gardening and I bet it looks beautiful. 

It's a bring and share meal and I have made a vegetarian main course. I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years and so usually plump to take a veggie main so that others don't feel pressured to make something special for me. What have I decided to make? Well, its a bit of an experiment really, because I usually make this tart with sun dried tomatoes and baby plum tomatoes but when I went shopping on Saturday couldn't find any sun dried tomatoes! I had a think and decided to use baby button and baby chestnut mushrooms instead.

Mushroom and Pine-nut Pizza Tart


1 quantity of pastry (I always use Just Roll - why reinvent the wheel?)
100gms baby button mushrooms
100gms baby chestnut mushrooms
1 jar of pasta sauce
200gms grated mozzarella
100gms smoked cheese (I use the type that looks like a sausage)
50gms pine-nuts

1. Line a tin with the pastry and blind bake (sorry I don't know temperatures as I have an Aga and just shove it in).

2. Spread the pasta sauce onto the bottom of your pastry case and sprinkle the Mozzarella on top of this. Return to the oven until the cheese has melted.

3. Meanwhile wipe and trim the mushrooms and slice cheese into small rounds.

4. Arrange mushrooms and slices of smoked cheese on top of the melted Mozzarella and drizzle a little olive oil onto the top to stop the mushrooms drying out.

5. Sprinkle on the pine-nuts and return to the oven for 20 minutes.


Oh goodness - look at the time - I must rush to get ready, best bib and tucker I think!

See you girls later at Deb's house and I think I should anticipate a late night as I am sure there will be lots of wine being consumed, lots of tales being told and lots of girly giggling going on! I can't wait to see how Deb has dressed the table because her parties are legendary for how pretty she makes the table look.

While I'm getting ready why don't you pop on over to Karen's blog to see what she is cooking up.

The rest of the girls coming over to dinner are

Deb @ PaperTurtle – http://paperturtle.blogspot.com
Rinda @ Gallo Organico – http://gallorganico.blogspot.com/
Beverly @ BE glorious - http://beglorious.blogspot.com/

Alison @ Life in the Slow Lane – http://alisonslife-in-the-slow-lane.blogspot.com/
Fiona @ Staring at the Sea – http://fiona-staringatthesea.blogspot.com/
Amy @ Over at our Place - http://overatourplace.blogspot.com/

Side/Main Dishes
The “Not So” Small One @ From High in the Sky – http://fromhighinthesky.blogspot.com/
Jacky @ Scrappy Jacky - http://scrappyjackylive.blogspot.com/
Deb @ Deb’s World – http://debs14.blogspot.com/
Ginger @ Ginger’s Life of Spice - http://gingerslifeofspice.blogspot.com/
Karen @ Tales from the Scrapheap - http://talesfromthescrapheap.blogspot.com/
Karen @ Random Reflections - http://kbwalker.blogs.com/random_relfections/
Ruth @ Everyday Life of a Suburban SAHM - http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com/

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita - http://dreamingladolcevita.blogspot.com/
Ruth @ Chatty Crafty Arty Pig - http://chattycraftyartypig.blogspot.com/
Margaret @ Finnegan Begin Again – http://margaretfinnegan.blogspot.com/
Becca @ La Jolie Fleur Rouge - http://lajoliefleurrouge.blogspot.com/
Rhona @ Life in General - http://rhonacs-lifeingeneral.blogspot.com/
Cheri @ Scrap Dreams - http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com/
Carrie @ Rosalind Revival – http://www.rosalindrevival.com/ {dessert/drink wrap-around…}

Reasons to be Cheerful:-

1. Having friends like Deb who ask you round for dinner (even if it is a virtual dinner).

2. Looking forward to the other recipes in this blog hop.

3. Enjoying this tart for dinner tonight,  with David, Gracia and Josh (a good second best to actually being able to enjoy it with Deb in real life).



Ruth said...

I'm always looking for veggie dishes, so will be giving this a try very soon. Great party!

Cheri said...

You look so adorable in that apron Karen!

helena said...

looks delicious - and I like the sound of the tomatoe version too

Jo.C said...

Thanks Karen - I will copy this to use when my friend comes next. Great share and I love the step by step photos

:o) Smiling from start to finish here, Karen! I LOVE the photo of you in your sweet apron, and the recipe you shared sounds amazing. I'm going to have so much fun trying all these recipes, and I know this one will be a big hit.

Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop this morning. I loved being here. :o)

Looks fantastic. I was vegetarian for 10 years and don't eat much meat now, so this may well find its way onto my rolling menu.

beccaf1970 said...

Mmm, mushrooms and pinenuts and cheese? Heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

Have a Wonderful time!! sounds like fun :)
Love the piccy of you in your apron :)

So great! The meal looks yummy and I love the picture of you in your apron! It's a gorgeous day here in Arizona, so yes - I imagine we would all be drinking wine in the backyard! :)

scrappyjacky said...

As someone who is not a vegetarian....this sounds delicious.

Sian said...

Karen, what a lovely picture of you! You look like a very pretty Domestic Goddess. And that recipe - just the kind of thing a teenager here would like to try out. We are big jus-rol fans! Thank you

Adorable picture of you!!!
And, since my husband and daughter are vegetarian, I love this recipe. The tomato version sounds fantastic, too!

debs14 said...

I don't have too many vegetarian meals that I have tried and tested so it's great to get one from someone who is an expert! I am trying to introduce one meat free meal a week to our diet so I will be trying this out sometime soon.

Alison said...

Love the piccie Karen....and the dish looks delicious..I too also fancy the tomato one!
Alison xx

furrypig said...

wow what a sweet photo of you and your aga a real domestic goddess! thanks for the veggie recipe looks great

Amy said...

We eat vegetarian meals several times a week - no great reasoning behind it, we just like it that way! I can just imagine the aga warming your home and spreading a delicious scent of this great tart throughout!

I love your apron too!

Karen said...

This is great. We're not vegetarians, but would like to start having one or two meatless meals a week. I've had trouble finding things I think my husband will eat, but this will definitely work.

Rhona said...

This sounds delicious but, unfortunately, the rest of my family might not agree. One day I'll have to come to yours to try it instead ;) x

Ginger said...

Love the photo of you greeting us in your apron :) This looks like a very tasty recipe!

Margaret said...

I'm always looking for veggie recipes too, and I love mushrooms.