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The Food Report: Leek and Taleggio Tart

The Food Report: Leek and Taleggio Tart

Since the ‘eating’ section of my weekly report normally takes over the post I have decided to start a separate food report for recipes, reviews and so on. I hope you enjoy it!

This leek and taleggio tart is one that my mother has made for me on several occasions; it comes from a Nigel Slater recipe and it’s delicious. We’re both big fans – cookbooks that I can take to bed with me and properly read are my dream.

This week I thought it was about time I attempted to make it for myself.

Taleggio is an Italian cow’s milk cheese, somewhere between soft and hard. I grabbed mine from Delifonseca and it was a good one, perhaps not as tangy as some that I’ve tried, but deliciously creamy and full of flavour nonetheless. I absolutely love the smell of leeks, and pulling them out of my bag and cooking them down in butter really smelt like the promise of spring. The combination of sweet green leeks and cheese is perfect, almost an upmarket cheese and onion.

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This tart is delicious hot from the oven, oozing milky cheese onto the plate, the pastry glistening and flaky. The next day though, it’s almost even better – when cold it forms proper slices which lift perfectly from the pie. For my day-after portion I had half a slice hot and half a slice cold, so delicious were both options.

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My tart split a little at the top, but I’m never one for worrying too much about presentation. I served it with green beans and spinach with a mustardy dressing, but it would be great with a salad or even some creamy potatoes for a more hearty meal.

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The best bit of this tart might be that I have a little taleggio left over! What would you make with it?

Last term’s writing

Last term’s writing

While updating my portfolio I’ve put together some of my writing from the last term.

Writing a weekly editor’s letter for LSMedia has allowed me to promote events, the society and have some personal input on the site – I can’t wait to write another term’s worth!

I’ve covered student politics including #Demo2012, post-demo meetings and the Guild annual members’ meeting. I’ve also had a go at live blogging the Guild forums and Welcome Fair – the most hectic day of the year. With SRO elections coming up, we’ll be using live blogging a lot more so it’s been great practice. The Guild have run numerous campaigns and I was pleased to be able to cover lots of them, including Societies in Schools, Pound in your Pocket, Make the Most of I.T. and Black History Month.

Having focused on news last year, I’ve been trying my hand in other sections for the last term. I reviewed Still Life, The Second Shepherd’s Play and Josie Long’s Romance and Adventure. Helping out on the Meat Free Monday column I have shared recipes for moussaka, spanakopita and chachouka.

The pieces I am most of proud of are my interview with Dannie Grufferty and my piece for World Mental Health Day.

My full portfolio can be found here – I highly recommend contently if you’re putting your portfolio together.