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A chocolate tart beyond compare

If you’re not in the habit of using the word “ridonculous,” you’ll want to christen it after a bite of this indulgent chocolate tart. Which is good news, since there’s absolutely nothing else to say about it.

I hadn’t really been planning to let you in on this sorry state of affairs; but as I’ve been sitting here for quite a few minutes now without a single word to say about this incomparable chocolate tart, it seems I have no choice. The writer’s mind is a vessel for metaphor; and with spring palpably on its way today, a girl’s prose should be awash in buds and birds and blossoms. The American literary tradition was built on days like this. So then, tart, why the blank stare?

I can only think that perhaps when I say that this luscious tart, which derives from the beautiful, if somewhat impenetrable, book The Art of the Tart by Tamasin Day-Lewis, is beyond compare – well, that perhaps I mean it literally. Beyond compare. Eschewing all metaphor. Yes, that must be it, right?

Or maybe I’ve been bewitched by the dark and sultry magic of the perfectly smooth, intensely rich filling, which stops just inches shy of absurdity, repenting for its textural opulence with its sparely sweet taste. Maybe the crisp, eggy shortbread shell, whose heady aroma invites you to dive straight into the mixer, has simply driven me to distraction. People have taken vows of silence for less-divine awakenings, I’d bet.

(Reverent pause, a bit uncomfortably long.)

Oh hi – sorry. What was that about spring arriving? Spring, as in eight more weeks until bathing suits? Perhaps I’d better let you get on with making this thing of beauty so you’ll have time to properly repent for your own culinary sins of the flesh before then. I’ll be doing a bit of that myself in the coming weeks. Just so you know, I will also be continuing to futz around with the more technical aspects of this site for the next little while. Some of these changes will be visible, others not; but my (currently elusive) goal is that they all will be neutral to positive. (Notice how the comments section, though still usable – and please do! – is half its normal width today? Yeah, I don’t know how to fix that.) Since the umami tech department consists of the best and the brightest that our advertising revenue can buy (hi there, it’s scrappy old me again!), I will thank you now in advance for your patience with any glitches that may occur. With any luck, you’ll have your nose in the mixer bowl when the code starts to fly.




Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.


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