Cooking My Way Through Super Natural Everyday By Heidi Swanson: Macaroon Tart and Shaved Fennel Salad & A Giveaway

Monday, April 11, 2011

Macaroon Tart
Macaroon Tart.

*******************GIVEAWAY ENDED APRIL 14TH************************************
Last night, as I was waiting for my flight in Orlando for my flight back home, all I could think about was the serving of Heidi's Macaroon Tart awaiting me back in Charleston.

Wild Blackberries

I have had a great time teaching at Food Blog Forum on Friday and I can't wait to share pictures and information of what was shared a little later next week. My head is still full and my heart is bursting at the seam. I knew it already, but let me say it again, Food Bloggers Rock! Thanks to Julie who helped plan the whole weekend, I was able to teach a photography and styling workshop today before my flight. Awesomeness again...

Wild Rice Casserole
Wild Rice Casserole.

Today, I really want to talk about Heidi Swanson's book Super Natural Everyday except everything I want to say never seems enough. Everytime I get a book for review, I make sure to devote a chunk of the week to cook from it. It helps see the thread use by the author to build the book. the stories, the photography. All the dishes I cooked this past week from her book led me down the same path: practical, satisfying, energizing, good and good for the soul.

Black Bean Salad
Black Bean Salad.

In one word. I can't wait to cook from it even more. The food is tasty, fresh and Heidi's personality and wonderful soul shows at every turn of the page. A beautiful soul with a wonderful message to share. Good food, made with wholesome ingredients does not have to come in gargantuan portions nor is it difficult or time consuming to make. The flavors in all of Heidi's dishes are a burst of everything that is good with eating and cooking in this world.

Tomatoes

And the photography...always loved how Heidi's lets her readers eat with their eyes first. Her photography is authentic and hers. Just as she is. Just as her food.

Millet Muffins & Strawberry Jam
Millet Muffins & homemade strawberry jam.

I emailed her publicist a few days ago and asked if I could hold a giveaway of a copy of Heidi's book for you guys. To my delight, I am happy to be able to share two copies with you guys! If you need a little enticing, check out the recipes for her Shaved Fennel Salad and Macaroon Tart after the jump!

Frittata & Millet Muffins
Millet Muffins and Frittata.


heidi cover

To enter the giveaway:
- leave a comment on this post starting today until Thursday April 14th midnight Eastern time.
- one comment per person
- no anonymous comment please
- two winners will be picked randomly by the hand of the wise, my husband
Note: it may take up to 24 hrs for your comment to appear on the page.

Pixie Tangerines

Heidi has this fabulous Buttermilk Cake recipe that she makes with plums but I used Pixie tangerines since they were in season.

Buttermilk Cake With Pixie Tangerines
Buttermilk Cake.

I had such a blast cooking, eating and photographing her recipes. I take immense pleasure at shooting other people's recipes and Heidi's was not exception. When it comes from the heart, the photography part becomes a source of intense joy. I hope the next few shots entice you to get her book and start cooking from her book soon.

Fennel, Zucchini, Dill & Arugula Salad
Shaved Fennel Salad.


Shaved Fennel Salad, with permission of Ten Speed Press:

Serves 4 to 6

1 medium large zucchini, sliced into paper thin coins
2 small fennel bulbs, trimmed and shaved paper-thin
2/3 cup/.5oz/15g loosely chopped fresh dill
1/3 cup/80ml fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed
1/3 cup/80ml extra virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
fine grain sea salt
4 or 5 generous handfuls arugula
honey, if needed
1/2 cup/2 oz/ 60g pine nuts, toasted (I used walnuts)
1/3 cup/2 oz/ 60g/ feta cheese, crumbled

Combine the zucchini, fennel and dill in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon slat. Set aside and marinate for 20 minutes, or up to an hour.
When you are ready to serve the salad, put the arugula in a large bowl. Scoop all of the zucchini and fennel onto the arugula, and our most of the lemon juice dressing on top of that. Toss gently but thoroughly. Taste and adjust with more of the dressing, olive oil, lemon juice, or salt if needed. If the lemons were particularly tart, you may need to counter the pucker-factor by adding a tiny drizzle of honey into the salad at this point. Let your taste buds guide you. Serve topped with pine nuts and feta.

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Macaroon Tart, with permission of Ten Speed Press

Makes 24 bite size servings (I made 2 rectangular tarts with one recipe)

Crust:
1 1/2 cups/6oz/ 170g white whole wheat flour (I used 1 cup brown rice flour and 1/2 cup millet flour)
3/4 cup/ 2 0z/ 60g unsweetened finely shredded coconut
3/4 cup/ 3.75oz/ 106 g sifted and lightly packed natural cane sugar
Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
10 tablespoons/5oz/140g unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
2 cups/50z/140g unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/2 cup/2.5oz/70g sifted and lightly packed natural cane sugar
4 large egg whites
8 ounces/225g fresh blackberries, halved
1/3 cup/1.5oz/45g pistachios, crushed

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C with a rack in the middle of the oven. Butter an 8x11-inch tart pan (I used two 14x5 ones) and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
To make the crust, in a large bowl, combine the flour, coconut, sugar and salt. Stir in the melted butter and mix until dough is crumbly but no longer dusty looking. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan (it should form a solid, flat layer). Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Remove and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
In the meantime, prepare the coconut macaroon filling by combining the coconut, sugar, and egg whites. Mix until well combined.
Evenly distribute the blackberries across the tart base. Now drop little dollops of the macaroon filling over the tops of them (dirty up your hands for this part), and mush and press the coconut topping around into the spaces behind the berries. Be sure to let at least some of the colorful berries pop through for visual flair.
bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the peaks of the macaroon filling are deeply golden brown. Let the tart cool, then garnish with the crusted pistachios before slicing into small squares.

686 comments:

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Rachel said...

I made Heidi's baked oatmeal (found the recipe on another blog) and it's amazing! I've also made several things from her blog that have been delicious. I'd love to make more recipes from her book!

emurlee said...

I have Heidi's first cookbook and am so glad to hear that this one is just as inspiring! Your photos of her recipes are so gorgeous and I can't wait to make some of these recipes and taste them for myself!

Gaviota said...

Hi!

I would love to get a copy of Heidi's book. I have the first one and it's great!

Gabriela

Krista said...

Pick me! I've been hearing more and more about this lovely book, and am excited for your give away.

adli said...

i want thisss!!! wow!!!

Eva said...

That buttermilk cake with the tangerines is stunning, and sounds delicious! I love that you replaced the plums with citrus, they add such a great flavor to baked goods.

shanley said...

love the use of fresh and seasonal veggies in all her recipes - can't wait to hit up the local farmer's market and put all the delicious goodies to use - it opens next weekend!!

Madeleine said...

So excited about this book!
I am a graduate student with a newborn, so for now I will continue trolling the web for free recipes, but I've been following her blog for years and I'd love recipes for everyday use.

Meghan said...

Heidi's blog 1was one of the first food blogs I ever started to follow a few years back and have always loved her pictures and recipes and use of wholesome ingredients. I would love to have this book just for the wild rice casserole recipe alone, but everything else I heard or seen about it looks divine.

mary fran said...

I absolutely love your blog! It has gotten me hooked on food photography!

I would love to win a copy of the book, I have had it on my wishlist from Amazon for a while!

 K. FORSYTHE said...

All of these pictures look so good! This cookbook looks like a winner, one that would actually make me want to make my own (natural) food every day.

Mary Claire said...

Heidi, your photography is so beautiful. Heidi's husband, you are a lucky man. Of course, if you're using a random number generator to pick the winners, it doesn't matter what I say. ;) But I am hoping, with my fingers and toes crossed, to be one of the winners!

Heather said...

I have been following Heidi's blog since the beginning. I have all her recipes printed out and filed in binders so I'll have them forever even if her blog disappears! My husband and I haven't tried a bad recipe yet and we've made dozens of them. I own her first 2 cookbooks and I'm dying for this one. Would LOVE to win!!!

Laurie Jesch-Kukseth said...

I seriously hope I haven't left a comment yet! Would love to win Heidi's book -- I've had my eye on it. Gorgeous photos, as always, Helene!

CORINNE said...

This book is getting rave reviews everywhere I look! thanks for sharing the recipes!

fauxmartha said...

I love Heidi's recipes, so I'll try my luck at entering! It's my birthday today. Maybe that will add a little luck!

Julius Droolius said...

Loving the photos as always, great photography and styling session at FBF. A new cookbook would be awesome, need to add some cooking to my food blog :)

Elessara said...

What a beautiful and tempting looking book - I'd be honored to win it! Thanks for sharing - I look forward to discovering Heidi's work - I'm just sad I didn't know about it before now!

Elissa Sato said...

I would love to have this book. :)

Elissa Sato said...

I would love to have this book :)

Kit said...

Aaah heck yes Helene this cookbook looks amazing!

raspberry essence said...

love Heidi´s work!

LuLu Honey said...

Thank you once again for the inspiration!

Ivona@Sugarsticks Parties said...

Wow, all those look so yummy!

charlemagne said...

gorgeous, gorgeous! i need this book, and it'll be mine soon whether i win it or buy it!

Chelsea Benavides said...

Beautiful! That book sounds fantastic!

Julia Lucas said...

Oh, I hope I hope!

MeganAnne said...

Count me in!! I'd love to win a copy of this book.

Styles 'n Cream said...

Wow - all of these recipes look amazing and I am sure they are delicious and good for you. Your photopgraphy is brilliant as always.

I would love to get a copy of this book.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I've definitely been wanting this book, especially with such talented bloggers as you posting mouthwatering photos of Heidi's recipes! I'd love to win it and my email is below. Thanks!

xiaolu6@gmail.com

Taryn said...

Heidi has a fantastic blog - I concur her photography like yours is charming as ever. I would love to win a copy of her new book.

I would have never thought to pair arugula with fennel - genius!

Oh the things I'd do to that tart! Your gluten free tart doughs have done nothing but make me look like a superstar in the kitchen - thank you!

Juanita said...

Oooh! I would love to have this Book! Everything looks scrumptious!

megan said...

everything looks amazing!

deltay said...

I've heard Heidi mentioned on multiple food&photography blogs today - definitely intrigued and would love to be counted in, thanks :)

StylinMommy said...

Delicious looking - especially the millet muffins and homemade spread! The photography is gorgeous.

Kristin said...

Where did you get your long tart pan? I love how your tarts always look so fabulous - and i especially love the length of them.

Meghann Kinney said...

This book looks amazing! I am totally changing my lifestyle towards all natural foods and I cannot wait!! Thank you for sharing this book!

Meghann Kinney

Barbara said...

Everything looks fabulous. I have Heidi's first book and would love this one too.

Keely said...

I am so excited about this book!! Just found your blog while google for this book. I live in Charleston and am so excited to start following your blog!

Mandy said...

I would so love a copy and your photography is amazing.
Mandy

Jared said...

Love both yours and Heidi's blogs... good to see you teaming up!

a1sauce3 said...

I hope I win..I hope I win.. I hope I win...

honeyfromflintyrocks said...

This cookbook looks amazing and you make it sound to wonderful! I have never eaten fennel... [note to self] must try this... soon!
Blessings,
~Mrs. R

Callie Lewis said...

Mmmmm. . . love millet! So light and fluffy :) Why do we put it in bird food? Definitely people food!

iowasthinking said...

Would love to win this - it's getting rave reviews everywhere I turn!

Wendy said...

Oh, that looks fabulous!! I'd love to get my hands on that cookbook!

Tisha said...

Lovely! Absolutely! I would love one!

MikeVFMK said...

These recipes combined with your photography make me want to run out and buy this book. Of course, that's if I don't win a copy first right here.

Thanks for the review. The recipes are all fresh and satisfying and look delicious. So good!

Tisha said...

Lovely! Absolutely! Sign me up!

yumsinger said...

Thanks for hosting the contest, I would love the cookbook for a healthier lifestyle :)

Andrea Post Feiner said...

Drool. There's now drool all over my keyboard.

Funky Finds said...

Oh my mouth is watering! Everything looks so yummy!

Jessica D.
info(at)funkyfinds(dot)com

Jenn said...

Beautiful photography and food!

Emily said...

What a lovely cookbook - I'd love to win a copy!

Mary said...

I loved Heidi's first book, and I can't wait to look at this one. I'd love to make that buttermilk cake, maybe with rhubarb on top.

Robin said...

I love Heidi's blog! I hope I win!

Anu said...

I would love to share the joy of cooking from Heidi's book with my friends and family

Jessica said...

I have such a huge love affair with cookbooks. I haven't gotten a new one in quite some time and am having withdrawals.

Cooking With Abandon said...

I am excited about this book! I love her last book!

Laura said...

Kitchen goddess indeed. Heidi is an inspiration in the kitchen and I would love to check out her book and cook from it.

NatC said...

I was going to write something intelligent, but then I finished doing my taxes, and the only thing my brain is still able to say about this post and this book is:

WANT!!!


(and I'd really love a slice of the Macaroon tart right about...now).

Gorgeous as always!
Thank you.

Lost In Cheeseland said...

No enticing necessary, the photos and description speak for themselves! Would love to add this to my growing collection of cookbooks!

Nisha Krishnan said...

the recipes look great....would love to cut out processed food and this is a great start!

Summer said...

My tummy is growling just looking at the pics. I would love to create beautiful and delicious food for my family with this cookbook!

Aestas22@hotmail.com

a. maren said...

well i'm sadly too late to join the giveaway, but i do want to say that that buttermilk cake with the orange slices absolutely blows my mind! thanks for sharing!

www.icyviolets.com

lori said...

I already have this book and I have to say it is gorgeous beyond belief and the recipes are so delicious. I love Heidi's style. This book is a must have for everyone who loves cookbooks, or loves to eat, or cook or just look at pretty pictures.

Lesley MacMichael said...

As always your photos are just stunning. Heidi's is another of my favourite blogs - you both always have something different to offer and present it so well.

Brown Sugar said...

I am compiling recipes at the moment for my friend with diabetes and Heidi's blog has been a great resource. For more selfish reason, would love a copy of her book.

Rachel from Aust said...

this book looks grogeous! just read a review on a different page and was happy to read your opinion on it

Amber said...

I would love this book!

amber.m.chandler@gmail.com

thecookingteacher said...

This looks amazing, I can't wait to share these wonderful recipes with my students!

Kimberly said...

Thanks for posting the recipes - they look amazing! It would be wonderful to have a copy of the book. The gluten-free conversion is also incredibly helpful:)

marla said...

Wow! So fun to see everything you have cooked up and photographed from Heidi's cookbook. I love her first one and can only imagine how much I will enjoy her second book.

ChichaJo said...

I am too late for the giveaway but no matter because I already have my copy :) And I agree wholeheartedly with everything you've said! Such a gorgeous book bursting with good honest recipes...I can't wait to cook from it!

Sarah F said...

Thanks for the great recipes! I'd love to cook from Heidi's book.

Nicole said...

You take very beautiful pictures, yourself! Oh, how I love food, especially when I know it's good for me:)

Victoria said...

The odds aren't great but that's okay because I saw this mentioned on Soulemama a couple of days ago and it's on my wish list to buy. A surprise copy would be lovely though.

Helene said...

Victoria: the odds aren't great because the giveaway ended last week.
Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa said...

Everything you made looks incredible especially the fennel salad. Nothing says spring to me like fennel!

Debra Jensen said...

A quick question: anything I can substitute for the eggs in the macaroon tart? Want to make it for a friend, but she has egg allergy? Could I use some other type of binder?

Helene said...

Debra: any egg replacer product should work although I can't vouch for the end result since I have not made it without eggs.

Feral Cook said...

I've tried 9 so far. All amazing. I didn't have nearly as much luck with her first book, but this might be the best cookbook we own!

kay: said...

that fennel salad sounds delicious!!

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Anthony Mournian said...

A neighbor gave us two large bulbs of Fennel. Because I am the Salad King of the household I will be making the Shaved Fennel salad tomorrow and expect it to be at least equal to what you have described and photographed.

SaladKing

Brenda B. said...

Hiedi's blog sent me to you; and what a wonderful find. You, too have mouth-watering pictures. Hiedi is such an inspiration and her recipes are simple and delicious.

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