Annie from Most Lovely Things asked me to be a guest on her Tartine post series. She said, “Since you like French things.” I’m sharing an easy recipe for ham, fig jam, and basil tartine (which is an open-faced sandwich).
More on the ham tartine in a bit. First…
My French Love Affair
Or in other words, my love affair with French things and Paris. Sorry…not the racey story you might have expected 🙂
When I was studying my junior year abroad in Vienna, Austria, my father asked me if I would like to go to Paris with him for my 20th birthday. “Oui oui!” My poor, blessed mom was at home with my younger siblings. Dad talked about her the whole time, but we bought her some gifts and I took in all the sights for the first time.
Do you remember your first time in Paris? If you haven’t been, it’s time you do.
Years later, when Howard was offered the transfer to Paris for work, I wasn’t afraid to go. I know I have my parents to thank for the opportunity of living abroad and being comfortable in new places. I hope our children feel the same way.
Tommy was showing our cousin, Billy how he was becoming French (that was our dining room in Paris–I hate how few photos I have of that cool apartment). In the center, the Pickett’s are out and about. The photo on the right is Tommy as an outlaw Power Ranger as children were not allowed to play in any of the building courtyards in Paris (but we went to the parks a lot).
We’ve gone to Paris almost every year since…even if it’s a short two or three-day layover on the way to someplace else.
A Breakfast Tartine
If you ask for a tartine at breakfast in Paris, you get a demi-baguette, rich butter (butter only comes at breakfast), and jam. It’s wonderful with a café crème.
My Ham, Herbed Cream Cheese, Fig Jam, And Basil Tartine
The idea is to make it trés simple. Just five ingredients.
So I did a little brainstorming and came up with this simple open-faced sandwich using a baguette, Boursin cheese, thinly sliced ham, fig jam, and fresh basil (the basil leaves stick to the jam).
Incidentally, isn’t that a cute linen baguette bag (around $20 on Amazon)? It would make a great gift (a housewarming or hostess) with a baguette in it and a bottle of wine, don’t you think?
For lunch recently, I served the tartine with a simple green salad with a lemon shallot vinaigrette.
Howard and I enjoyed it! You may also like Planning A Paris Trip: Round-up Of Best Posts.
Let’s see what wonderful tartine Annie has cooked up today!