Friday, March 7, 2014

FFWD ~ Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge….Tartine Norvégienne and Tartine Saint-Germain

FFWD ~ Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge
Today is French Friday, and it’s my first day back home after being away for the past month. I woke to mounds of snow instead of sand dunes. However, it’s sooo good to be back home! The recipe for today’s FF is Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge. They sound so elegant, don’t they? They happen to translate into open faced sandwiches…a “no recipe", recipe really!







On our way home, we stopped in town to get a few groceries, to hold us over until I do a big shopping next week.  I already had the FF ingredients on my list. Actually, all I needed to make these lovely tartines were the salmon, roast beef and bread. I had the gherkins and capers at home. Bill was running errands, post office, hair cut, bank etc.!  I was really hungry! Rather than wait till he returned, I made the two Tartines, so that I could do my photos while the sun was still shining!

Bill and I both enjoyed these 
I bought some very nice country bread.  One, a swirl of pumpernickel and rye, and the other a rustic Italian.  For the Tartine Norvégienne, I spread a bit of butter on the bread, and layered thinly sliced salmon, a few capers and a sprinkle of black pepper. The Tartine Saint-Germain is layered with mayo, gherkins, rare roast beef, salt and pepper.  After I took my photos, I ate the roast beef tartine…it was quite tasty!  The gherkins really added a another layer of flavor to this sandwich! I saved the Salmon Tartine for Bill. I knew he would love it! In fact, he got one of each! As you can imagine, these were quite simple and really good!
Since I’ve been on the road for the past few days, my timing is a bit off. Even though I’m writing this post on Friday for French Fridays…I forgot it was Friday and Lent! I should have eaten the Salmon Tartine! Hopefully, I will soon fall back into my normal routine at home! Until then Happy Friday everyone!
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Tartine Saint-Germain and Tartine Norvégienne
The French take on a sandwich….quite good
This week I went from this…..
to this….
and this! But it’s so good to be home!


32 comments:

  1. I would love nothing more than to sit down to a dinner of these tartines, Kathy. What a transition you've had this week, welcome home!

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  2. Ah it's cold in Kamloops too. And we still have snow. But after 7 weeks of gloomy skies we finally had glorious sunshine today. Your wonderful sandwiches really made me hungry Kathy! I better go and make dinner. :-)

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  3. Welcome home, Kathy! I'm pretty sure I'll be making myself a smoked salmon tartine most Fridays in Lent :) Loved these, too!

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  4. Welcome home Kathy! The Tartines do sound so elegant. Marion and I just had open faced Salmon sandwiches just the other day. I wish I would have know to call them Tartines, Marion would have loved it! (she did however really enjoy the bites though:)

    We are finally getting sunshine this weekend, so they say. We'll see. It seems like it will take forever for your pile and mine to melt. Soon, I hope:) Thanks for sharing, Kathy. Glad to "see" you home:)

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  5. I'm not a big fan of gherkins but I love capers somehow. Great looking tartines!

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  6. I love the deep, dark breads on which you served your tartines.

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  7. Simple yet divine! I love the one with salmon more :-))
    Have a wonderful weekend, Kathy!
    Angie

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  8. Mmm, gorgeous tartines my friend! And I can't believe the weather change for you :P

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Despite the weather, it's always nice to be home, isn't it? This looks like a simple but delicious way to eat that first meal back at home.

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  10. Love the sound of your breads and the tartines look really nice.

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  11. What a great meal for the return home. Hopefully warmer weather soon follows you back!

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  12. Good timing for you that we had an easy no cook FF. The snow will be gone soon.. it really is warming up. Think warm thoughts.

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  13. Look delicious Kathy!! Im on the beach right now but I miss my home:)
    xx

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  14. Oh my, thank goodness for an easy one to help ease you back into the cold weather. And my husband is still annoyed with the word tartine. In his mind the word promises so much more than a simple open faced sandwich. Each time, and no matter how many times I warn him ahead of time, he's always a little disappointing to find that it's "just half a sandwich".

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  15. Welcome home, I love your contrasting photos. This was a lovely little recipe that turned
    out delicious.

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  16. Love your post. Your tartines look wonderful. And such an easy meal to come home to. I love the cornichons too - definitely a great addition.

    I actually remembered that yesterday was Friday, so put these off until Today. If you haven't seen Nana's post - she's given up bread for lent! Amazing, and so much self-control

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  17. This was the perfect first day back home meal. Sorry you had to go from sand to snow, but it is always nice to get back home!

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  18. Despite the weather, there's no place like home. We planned it so you would have an easy recipe this week. Your tartines both look amazing. I loved the roast beef, especially the pickles. So, so good. Welcome home, Kathy! Have a great weekend.

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  19. We both love tartines and could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we ate them every day living in Europe. Both looks very tasty but right now would love the Tartine Saint-Germain. Stay warm:)
    Cheers,
    J+C

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  20. Oh, that must have been a tough transition, but home is the best, isn't it?
    Your tartines are lovely - glad you enjoyed.

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  21. Dear Cathy, sometimes these simple meals with wonderful ingredients are just the best! Your Tartines look wonderful and it is such a pleasure to read that you and your husband enjoyed them so much!

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  22. I love your versions of the tartines, Kathy. They look so inviting for a Sunday evening light meal. I remember how hard it was to travel from a nice warm vacation and return to the snow and slush. But getting home into your own bed, and being I your own space is such a wonderful feeling! ~ David

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  23. Dear Kathy,

    Welcome home! I am sure you brought some sunshine with you to melt the snow away.
    It has been a long winter, though I am sure you are happy to be home. It is the best place of all.
    These open-sandwiches are so nice, easy and tasty.
    With all the traveling and unpacking it is quite easy to forget which day it is.
    I would gladly enjoy both.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  24. Your tartines look delicious. You did a beautiful job.

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  25. It must have been so nice to have a delicious, easy recipe for French Fridays after coming home after a month! I hope the snow "dunes" disappear soon!

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  26. Kathy, I loved your Post this week and hoorayto you for even getting it all together and making them. They look tasty. We all enjoyed these, I think. And, I suspect God is going to forgive you the tiny bit of beef - an honest mistake. It is always good to get home even though you're still in Winter in your neck of the woods. I have another month in Cali but I also will be going home to snow in the mountains. We have soooo much that it will hang around until June. Enjoy everything about being home. I will be glad to get home also.

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  27. Perfect appetizers Kathy! I would love to try them out!

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  28. Tartines are always so fun! Love your topping choices!

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  29. I love going on vacation, but I always really love coming home, even when the weather is awful. There's nothing quite like being in my own bed...What a nice, easy recipe for your first day home.

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  30. Hi Kathy, I have missed so much of your amazing posts...so very sorry! I have not been very productive in the last couple weeks; but I'm trying to do my best!
    Love, love, your post, and all the previous ones that I've missed. Your tartines look, and must tastes so delicious. Your festive Mardi Gras cake is sooo pretty, and yummy, your Chocolate Mascarpone cheese cake is to 'die for' gorgeous and superb...and last; I'm so happy for you that you spent en entire month in 'sunny Florida' and got a little break from the awful winter snow!
    Thanks for being such a wonderful friend, and I do apologize for not commenting sooner! xo

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  31. What a beautiful beach scene and river scene. Great shots of the tartine. I bought all of the items, and still have not managed to put these together - partially due to a hectic schedule, and that sous chef has shown no interest in them. I'm going to need to do them when he has meetings.

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