Tartine: a French, open-faced sandwich, especially one with a rich or fancy spread.
Quite the definition, don't you think? I wouldn't call these tartines fancy, but there were put together with ingredients at their peak, which made them incredibly delicious and satisfying. I made them for lunch when I was working from home a few weeks ago, and I must admit it took me longer to "style" them than it did to make them.
Two pretty-as-a-picture tartines, just for me, in the middle of a workday. Seems a bit indulgent... right?
This past weekend I attended a prenatal yoga class (no, I am NOT pregnant... but I am in the middle of a yoga challenge at my studio and needed to attend this particular instructor's class). She said something that really hit home for me. She was glad that there were several women in the class that weren't pregnant, that it served as a great reminder that even when we aren't going through such a powerful and transformative experience (like pregnancy), we still owe it to ourselves to take great care in what we do. To feed our bodies well, allow ourselves to rest when we need it, to be gentle and loving and accepting of our bodies.
I completely understand the importance of making a serious effort to do these things during pregnancy, but she was so right. Why, as women, do we often wait until then? I think each one of us deserves that kind of self-love and attention on an everyday basis. (I think men deserve the same, and since they are not waiting for pregnancy, they really don't have an excuse :)
So these pretty tartines are serving as my way of treating my body well, feeding it wholesome, in-season ingredients. You can make a tartine with pretty much any bread and toppings you like, so these two are just ideas to get you started. Whether you make these, spend some extra time putting together your own favorite healthy meal, take a walk outside, go to yoga... do something for you. You are worth it!
Summer tartines for one
2 slices bread, toasted
Plum tomatoes, sliced
Fresh cherries, pitted and halved
Good balsamic vinegar
Fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
Salt & pepper
Layer one piece of toast with ricotta, top with sliced tomatoes, basil, a drizzle of balsamic, salt, and pepper.
Layer the other piece of toast with ricotta, top with cherries, basil, and a drizzle of honey.