This morning on my weekly visit to the Marin county Farmer’s Market at the Civic Center, I thought -we are so fortunate in Marin County to have one of the best markets in the world right here in our backyard. Which brings me to this week’s assignment for French Fridays with Dorie, the online cooking group cooking it’s way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. The assigned non-recipe recipe for this Friday was to find ingredients to put together your own strawberry & goat cheese inspired tartine, just like Dorie -who created a market day tartine from her local boulevard Raspail market in Paris.
Finding perfectly ripe sweet strawberries this time of year was no problem, with plenty of stands selling beautiful strawberries. I also picked up a baguette from my favorite bakery, Della Fattoria and this morning I was good -leaving that beautiful rustic fruit tart behind, still feeling a bit sad about that, however. I’m going to date myself now but I remember buying Laura Chenel’s Chèvre at the San Rafael market years ago and still miss her soft ripe goat cheese at the market these days. But, not to worry I picked up a piece of Broncha a blend of goat and cow milk cheese from Achadinha Farmstead Cheese Company of Petaluma. I asked my strawberry vendor if he wanted me to mention him in my post but he said no, he already has too many people bugging him. So, I included a few pictures of his strawberries in a collage below, including the fraises de Californie boxes for all my french loving friends and a sweet little girl helping with the sample fruit.
Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.
- 1 baguette, cut into 1/3" slices
- Goat Cheese, soft for spreading or semi-soft for sprinkling, about 1 cup
- 1-2 baskets of ripe strawberries, cut in slices
- Truffle Honey for drizzling, any honey will do
- Layer the strawberry slices on the bread, sprinkle with goat cheese and drizzle on the honey to taste.
- The baguette can be toasted and if you use soft goat cheese it can should be spread on the baguette before layering on the strawberries.