This was a special bake for our group this month…we are honoring one of our own.
Our group is special…most all of us have never met in person as we are all over the globe representing many countries, but after 10 years of baking and creating hundreds of recipes together, we are very connected. Not sure how I can feel so bonded with people I have only blogged with, but somehow over the years, we have become a group of friends.
One thing unique to our group is a mother and daughter who each have their own blogs so they are independent, but together at the same time. I have baked with them for 10 years and did not really realize how remarkable Nana was. We know her as Chez Nana. She bakes, blogs, and comments on all of our posts and I hadn’t realized she did this at the age of 88! How remarkable is that?!! It has inspired me anew.
Unfortunately, her daughter had to inform us we lost dear Nana last month. I think her spirit will be with all of us as we continue on, and we will all hear her say, bake well.
This recipe is one that she had nominated a few times and we hadn’t baked yet, so in her honor we are baking this one for Nana this month. Thinking of you Tricia and the rest of the family. Your mom will be missed.
On a side note, I feel I must mention what the tart is, why it is unique, and that we enjoyed it. It was created in the spirit of the New Yorker’s bagels and lox Sunday morning tradition. The tart uses cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, capers, dill, and tomatoes mixed in cream and eggs and then baked in a Pàte Brisée crust. I thought the dough was pretty easy to work with and looked so pretty.
I want to end on this “keeper” of a thought this month…let’s all be more like Nana…love life, enjoy creating, and not let your age keep you from trying new things. ❤️