Most of us while growing up probably heard the saying 'that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach'. Preparing the first meal for a new man was always very special, and also a bit fraught with emotion. It is a sort of test, will he like my cooking? Will we like eating together? This may sound old-fashioned now in a world of celebrity master chefs and when so many men happily do the cooking.
Whenever we went out for Sunday lunch my mum and I would have the fish, my dad would have the steak. So for me men equalled meat eaters, so I would prepare steaks or casseroles or Boeuf Stroganoff or Boeuf Bourgignon to try and find my way to my man's heart.
Nowadays there are many macho men who are vegetarians, Here is my recipe which will appeal to meat eating and vegetarian men alike. There are mushrooms in it to give it a sort of meaty appeal. You can prepare most of it in advance so all you have to do is assemble the tart and put it in the oven, then relax and share a glass of wine while waiting for it to cook. Hope you like it and it finds its' way to your man's heart.
Leek and Mushroom Savoury tartI baked pastry case
1 -2 leeks, washed thoroughly and sliced thinly
500g mushrooms, washed and sliced
150g cheese, grated
2 eggs, beaten
pepper and salt to taste
Gently cook the chopped leeks in a small amount of butter and oil on a low heat until soft. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside.
Put the mushrooms in the same pan and cook gently for about 5 - 10 minutes and then drain on kitchen paper.
Beat together the eggs and cream then stir in the cheese season to taste.
Place the cooked leeks on the bottom of the cooked pastry case.
Scatter the mushrooms over the leeks and then pour the egg, cream and cheese mixture over the tart to cover.
Bake the tart in the oven at 180 for about 25 - 30 minutes until golden and set.
Serve with a green salad.