My First {Ruined} Rhubarb and Berries Tart & the Liebster Award

I am finally feeling better from that cold I got last week, and I decided to I should give rhubarb tart a try (I had it bought a couple of days ago, but didn’t feel like cooking this week). We had never had rhubarb tart before, so I was walking on new territory. I even watched a tutorial on how to cut the rhubarb for the perfect tart. I followed this recipe, but modified it a bit, to match our taste.

The crust
1½ cup whole-wheat flour
⅛ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons stevia
1 egg
1 stick of cold butter
1 tablespoon cold water
The filling
2 cups diced fresh rhubarb
2 cups diced fresh strawberries
1 cup diced fresh raspberries
⅔ cup stevia
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cardamom
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice

The Crust – In a food processor mix flour, stevia and salt. Add in the butter and pulse in the food processor until you get a crumbly mixture. Add the whisked egg and the cold water and mix again until fully incorporated. It’s really easy and if you use a food processor like I did, the crust is made within a minute. Place the dough in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, let’s move on to the filling.

The Filling – Cut rhubarb stalks into small pieces. The size is your choice, but a good size is around 2 – 3 cm or 1″-1.5″. Cut the strawberries in half. Place the rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries in a large bowl, add the lemon juice, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, stevia, and cornstarch and let it sit at room temperature for around 15 minutes; the spices will be releasing their flavors.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the mixture to it and cook until just starting to thicken and soften (around 8 minutes). Remove from heat and let it cool.

Putting it together –  Lightly grease a round cake / tart pan. Place the chilled dough disc in the tart pan and begin to push the dough evenly into the pan, being sure to push the dough up the sides to create edges. Use a fork to poke a few small holes in the bottom of the dough.
Spoon the strawberry-rhubarb mixture into the formed dough and evenly distribute.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust becomes golden and crisp. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Unfortunately, I’ve got no picture to show the final product. 😦 I ended up ruining the tart. Wondering what on Earth did I do? Well, it was the first time I was using that round tart pan and I forgot that it was a special cake pan – it has removable sides and it came with no tight seal. So I bet you can imagine what happened. My beautiful picture perfect tart ended up on the kitchen worktop. I tried to save it, but I wasn’t able to retrieve it in an acceptable manner. I tasted so good, so I ended up putting in back in a bowl, mixing it all together. And this is what’s left from my first rhubarb tart…

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You can imagine I was pretty upset about my tart experience. However,  Farrah from FairyBurger and Montana from Pretty Lil’ Mudder lighted up my evening. Both of them nominated me to participate in the Liebster Award! Thank you both very much! It is an incredible honor just to be recognized in the first place, let alone being nominated. So I’m really excited!

For those who don’t know what it is, it’s an online award given by a blogger to a fellow blogger who typically has less than 200 followers. It’s passed on between bloggers you enjoy reading and the bloggers they enjoy reading and so on… It’s a great and fun way to get to know fellow bloggers. That’s why I was so happy to receive this award nomination twice, I even forgot about the ruined tart.

These are the rules:

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award.
4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees.
5. You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees.

As I have two nominations, I will have to answer 20 questions. 🙂 Here are the questions I’ve got:

Round #1 – Farrah’s questions

1. Describe your favorite workout.

My favourite workout is usually around 20 minute of total body HIIT, that targets mainly the lower body, but also the core and arms.

2. What do you like to do to wind down and relax after a long/stressful day?

Playing with my daughter usually does the trick, but sometimes I just need some me time – so I work out. The stressful the day, the harder the workout. I prefer it like this, because I don’t get to think much during the workout, as it is really intense and I have to focus on the proper form and breathing. 🙂 If I don;t feel to exhausted, I love taking Miss I. outside and just play with the dogs… It can be so relaxing!

3. What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to fitness?

My biggest challenge is to finally manage to do a full pull-up. It’s something I’ve always dreamt to do, and right now, I am pretty far from executing a full pull-up.

4. Do you have a favorite brand of workout clothes?

I work out at home, so I tend to exercise in my most comfortable clothes, which may be or not designer clothing. I terms of shoes though, I love Asics and Nike.

5. What are some of your favorite songs on your workout playlist? (If you don’t have one, what are some of your favorite songs in general? :])

I don’t play music during my workouts, because I need to concentrate at what I do. My all time favourite songs are ZZ Top – Rough Boy, Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, ABBA – Andante, Andante and Michael Jackson – Thriller.

6. What never fails to make you happy?

When my daughter hugs me and says she loves me, and when I look at her I can actually see it in her eyes. It’s the most beautiful and complete feeling I am experiencing on a daily basis since becoming a mother. And of course, buying a new pair of shoes, a perfume, a dress… and the Starbuck’s from the house treat every now and then.

7. Favorite meal to cook (or eat)?

I love to prepare any kind of mediterranean dish as long as it doesn’t include fish. 🙂 I love to cook pasta, although it’s not my favourite dish. 😛

8. What are 3 of your future goals?

1. Become a certified PM – I am targeting the PMI-ACP certification.
2. Baby #2
3. Finally managing to behave and act according to the following principles Jesper Juul describes them so nicely in Your Competent Child: integrity, responsibility, authenticity and setting clear limits. Until now I have to put an effort to behave like this, and it pays off every time. But I really would like to incorporate it in my day by day behaviour so it would come naturally.

9. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

I have 2 topics on my mind: bullying and skewed self-perceptions. But I’d choose definitely bullying.

10. What’s your dream job?

I currently have it (Project Manager), but I think maybe in a couple of years I could go for Operations Manager.

 

Round #2 – Montana’s questions

1. When did you start your fitness journey?

I always had sports in my life, with on and off periods. I started skiing at 3, tennis at 4, swimming at 7, handball at 12 and from spring to autumn I was always riding my bike. During college I stopped. Don’t ask me why, because I can’t give you an answer… So it was back in 2007, right after our wedding, when I started to work out again on a regular basis… Weird, right? 🙂 I started by joining group classes like Step Aerobics, Tae Bo, and Bosu Training, and slowly found my way to HIIT workouts.

2. What’s your favorite way to be fit?

Oh, Gosh, I hope I understand what you were thinking about. I like to be fit, but also feminine. I like to have muscles, but not too much so they would interfere with my feminine look.

3. How do you normally spend your weekends?

We either go in a weekend getaway with our daughter, or if we stay home we usually go on a bike trip, walks, play with our dogs, and have friends over.

4. Where did you go on vacation last?

We were in the mountains – here. We loved it.

5. Who would you say is your biggest inspiration in life?

My husband – we are together for over 12 years now and he is still my #1 inspiration – he’s so positive, enthusiastic, always believes in me and pushes me to become the best I can be.

6. What’s your favorite quote and why?

“Always remember future comes one day at a time.” – I tend to be very impatient so this quote gets to me  right on the spot.

7. When did you start blogging?

I’m a new blogger so I still have plenty to learn. I started my blog a month ago.

8. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment to date?

My kid. 🙂 I have some pretty nice accomplishments as far as my career is concerned, but the biggest one it’s Miss I. And I am proud of her, of her achievements and of the way we raise her.

9. Tell me about your fitness goals for the year.

I’d like to be able to strengthen my wrists so I can do a full push-up, without the push-up handles and to do a full pull-up. I also want to run a 5K in September.

10. Are you a dog or a cat person?

Definitely dog person. 🙂 I’ve got two: a golden lab called Toffy and a german shephard called Axy.

 

I nominate:

They are all either fellow Girls Gone Sporty , or PinkSweat Ambassadors whose blogs I really enjoy reading. You should visit their blogs and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

My questions for you are:

  1. What is your favorite fitness quote?
  2. What is the best blog post you’ve written so far? Give us the link, we’ll enjoy reading it.
  3. Who is your favourite author?
  4. What is your favourite gadget and why?
  5. What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
  6. What sports did you do as a young child, before let’s say age 11 – 12?
  7. Describe your personal style in 3 words.
  8. What is your favorite room in your home?
  9. If you had your life to live over again, what would you change?
  10. What do you prefer: group class or working out solo? Why?

Looking forward to reading your answers!

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