July 10, 2016

Truss Tomato and Parmesan Cheese Tart

Truss Tomato and Parmesan Cheese Tart. Anna Johnston - https://www.shenannagans.com

I’m starting to think this is the World’s Longest Winter….even if it does look like it’s a little warm(er) out there today, and my weather ap is telling me we’ve hit double digits. Whoop!!! In anticipation of a touch of sun and my best friends wedding coming up, I’ve started exercising again,  and it s-u-c-k-s, let me tell you! Someone said to me recently, ‘summer bodies are made in the winter’, and I almost passed out from how depressed that sentence made me feel. You see, my summer body is made from a million slow cooked carb heavy feeds consumed during the cold winter months if I don’t get moving now. So, it’s early morning hikes up the mountain and a good dose of sweat and tears for this winter body.      

Truss Tomato and Parmesan Cheese Tart. Anna Johnston - https://www.shenannagans.com

Come to think of it, I’m pretty confident that someone from a warmer climate suggested such absurdity, they clearly don’t understand what it’s like to wake up in the dark, go to work in the dark and the COLD, then return home in the dark. It’s totally demotivating. But… I will be the MC at my BFF’s wedding on a beach in a couple of months, and I am a human woman with all of the regular human woman feelings plus societal pressures… argh! So exercise it is. 

Truss Tomato and Parmesan Cheese Tart. Anna Johnston - https://www.shenannagans.com

I’m not one for diets, especially with the sort of work places I hang out at, (we have Chefs whip up our lunches each day) so I hit the lounge room for daily yoga (and Zumba when I feel really inspired) as soon as I get home each day. UGH. Working out isn’t fun. Someone commiserate with me please! All this aside, I thought I would share a healthy-ish and super simple summer vegetarian meal – a truss tomato and parmesan cheese tart with balsamic reduction. A deep-dish tart to be exact! I made it in my 10-inch pie pan and I’ve gotta say, it was delicious and TOTALLY nutritious.

I’d love to know, what summer fruit or vegetable do you love to cook with all year round? And are those of you living in the southern hemisphere working on your summer bodies yet?  

Truss Tomato and Parmesan Cheese Tart. Anna Johnston - https://www.shenannagans.com

Truss Tomato and Parmesan Cheese Tart  

Serves 4  
Preparation time: 1 Hour  
Cooking time:  20-25 minutes    

2 sheets short crust pastry, defrosted  
800 grams, whole small truss tomatoes
Olive oil, I use Pialligo Estate oil
1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 eggs
150ml milk
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Balsamic reduction  

Step 1: Preheat oven to 220°C. Line baking tray with non-stick baking paper. I prefer to leave the tomatoes in the bunches they came, but you can use scissors to divide into smaller portions. Place on the lined tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season accordingly. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until tender.    

Step 2: Place pastry squares diagonally (to create a flower petal effect) into a greased pie pan. Bake in oven for 8 minutes or until slightlypuffed and golden. Remove from oven and use a clean tea towel to gently press down the centre of the pastry.    

Step 3: While the tart is cooking, beat the eggs in a large bowl. Gradually add the milk, then stir in parmesan and season. When the case is ready, scatter over the tomatoes and pour over the egg mix. Bake for 15-20 mins until set and golden brown. Leave to cool in the case. Serve tart in slices topped with a bunch of roasted truss tomatoes and balsamic reduction.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Emma - July 24, 2016 Reply

The tart looks so beautiful! And I’m with you on the exercise – not much fun but you feel great when you’ve done it

    Anna - July 24, 2016 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS Emma, it’s pretty and tastes the business too. 🙂
    Haha…. seems that is mostly how everyone feels about the exercise, totes worth it when we get it done tho!

Corina - July 24, 2016 Reply

Yummy! I love those truss tomatoes on the tart. Well, it’s summer here and I’m still working on trying to get a summer body before it’s too late!

    Anna - July 24, 2016 Reply

    Teehee…. I suspect I may just be saying the very same thing when Summer rocks around too. Lol! Hope you enjoy the tart if you make it. 🙂

Heidi Roberts - July 24, 2016 Reply

I love those vine ripened tomatoes, they roast so sweet and I should think that tart was delicious!!

    Anna - July 24, 2016 Reply

    They so do huh Heidi! Love me a slow roasted tomato on the vine, especially paired with this yummy combo of flavours. 🙂

Norma Chang - July 18, 2016 Reply

I totally get it with the exercise and diet routines. My hip and back problems would greatly diminish if only I could get to my yoga classes on a regular basis, forget about exercising at home, I do well for a bit then get out of the groove and cannot seem to get back in, totally lacking in discipline, story of my life.

    Anna - July 23, 2016 Reply

    Oh yes, there really is a lot to be said for regular exercise and a happy healthy diet, crazy how just a little goes such a long way to making us feel great too. Sending you some positive vibes to get your exercise on. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - July 18, 2016 Reply

That tart looks beautiful! I know what you mean by exercise – it’s an ongoing battle. I was really good last year and saw great improvements but this year I have completely unravelled – I just haven’t been able to find a way to fit it into my schedule. And like you, I have an important event coming up (8 weeks to go), and I’d like last year’s body back! xx

    Anna - July 23, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps Charlie! 🙂 Yeah, you really were gunning it last year, but I seriously doubt it has all come undone, you are like superwoman with all your amazing study, cooking, blogging. I feel exhausted reading about all you get up to in a day. 🙂 Ooooh…. what could your important event be? I look forward to hearing about it. Happy weekend lovely. xo

Liz - July 18, 2016 Reply

I will feel your pain in a few days as we head to Alaska! The forecast for our first stop is VERY cold and rainy (though I have a feeling we could see snow!). BUT at least we’ll come home to warmth. Your tart looks magnificent! Love that egg/parm filling with tomatoes 🙂

    Anna - July 23, 2016 Reply

    WOW…. Alaska, that is amazing, and a whole different level of cold. Far out! I can’t wait to hear about your trip, sounds wonderful.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - July 18, 2016 Reply

Definitely tomatoes although they aren’t quite as sweet or plentiful during winter. I just bought some though and really enjoyed them. What a lovely tart Anna and congratulations about your upcoming role!

    Anna - July 23, 2016 Reply

    The truss tomatoes were a super find at the farmers markets for sure, I was like a mad tomato lady lugging out all the bags of summer I could manage. Eating them, like you say was so, so enjoyable. Thanks Lorraine, I had better start practising this whole talking in front of people thing. :/

Sue Slaght - July 17, 2016 Reply

Anna as active as I am when I just exercise for the sake of exercise I always need to throw myself out the door to do it. It’s much easier if it is something I love to do. What motivates me is something i have booked in for. Say a cycling tour or a race. Like your friend’s wedding in a way. I get you on the short days and exercising in winter. Far harder. Sending you positive energy and your recipe looks so yummy! I’ll pop over for a serving shortly. 🙂

    Anna - July 23, 2016 Reply

    Good lordy that surprises the bajinkas out of me, I always figured you were just naturally into the whole idea of exercise. I too get excited about the idea of a planned exercise, but just doing the regular ol stuff is hard to get motivated about. Thanks for the positive energy and vibes, I really need it. 🙂 And…. can’t wait to see you. 🙂

My Inner Chick - July 15, 2016 Reply


I want to devour all of this
all. day. long.

Amazing. Beautiful. Like Art.

*****clearly don’t understand what it’s like to wake up in the dark, go to work in the dark and the COLD, then return home in the dark***

I understand. We are having SUMMER right now and I savor it.

because “Winter is Coming.”



    Anna - July 17, 2016 Reply

    Your comments are outstanding Kim, I always find myself smiling from ear to ear after reading them. Please soak up ALL the sunshine and warmth for me lovely lady, the winter is loooooong. :/ Big hugs coming at chou. xoxo

Eileen | The Food Avenue - July 14, 2016 Reply

I love broccoli, I could eat it all year 😀 Love the tart Anna, it looks incredible!

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Broccoli, really… for some reason I wouldn’t have thought you got into broccoli. Mind blown. LOL!
    Glad ya enjoyed the tart, it sure was a hit in my household. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - July 14, 2016 Reply

Working out is no fun. But we gotta do it. Particularly those of us with hearty appetites. 🙁 One would think one would learn portion control, but no. Not this one. 🙁 Anyway, this looks great — thanks.

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, it does kinda stink, but you do always feel pretty fabulous when it is done. Sure makes the tukka taste super delicious too.
    Haha… portion control, phffft! 🙂 Glad ya enjoyed John.

Nathan - July 13, 2016 Reply

This looks delicious and your presentation is gorgeous! I would love to try this. The recipe doesn’t seem complicated either. If I make it at home I’ll send you pics!

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya Nathan, what a lovely thing to say. 🙂 I am pleased you enjoyed, and I do hope you make this tart soon. It is super simple too. Please do send me pictures of your tart, that would make my day.

Tim UrbanDuniya - July 13, 2016 Reply

So easy, and so yum!!! I’ll be making this when I get back to Australia and get my hands on some plump truss tomatoes! Yummmmmmm!

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Yeah it is!!! Maybe when you come home I can come visit your face in Melbourne and I will make you truss tomato tart. Yeas…. this is an excellent idea. 🙂 Hope you are well my friend, big hugs coming at you. Will pop over to your blog tonight for a cheeky peak into your amazing adventures.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - July 13, 2016 Reply

I cannot stand the thought of coming home in the dark! Thankfully it is light here until about 6pm. Hope the arctic freeze has not dissuaded you from exercise 🙂

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Oh it STINKS Tandy, way too much darkness in my world at the moment. Sure sounds like you have a better deal with the weather then me, yay! And I am trying to do the exercise, my weekends def involve a whole lot of mountain walks and hangs with Little Chef.

mjskitchen - July 13, 2016 Reply

Delicious looking tart! It’s tomato season here and we’re starting to pick our own, so this looks like a perfect dish for homegrowns!!! I wish I could cook with fresh tomatoes year round, but you can’t get good tomatoes in the winter.

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya MJ! We are kinda lucky having access to delicious food all year round, but there are a good many that I cannot get my hands on, so appreciate seeing you guys on the other side of the world make the yumminess I crave. Let me know how a homegrown truss tomato and parmesan tarts tastes. I bet AMAZING!!!

Rosemary - July 13, 2016 Reply

Congrats on being the MC at your friend’s upcoming wedding. Talk about motivation to work out!! It’s all good…even in the winter. It will be worth it!! Yum, the tart looks incredible…simple…but that’s a lot of eggs!! Hang in there with the weather 🙂

    Anna - July 17, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya Rosemary, it is the year of YES, so even tho the thought of standing in front of 150 people and talking terrifies the bajinkas out of me, I gotta do it! :/ The working out is going swell, being able to look most unpleasant in your own lounge room really is the way to get this fit business done. The 8 eggs means 2 eggs per person, not so much really. Hope you are enjoying all the warmth and sunshine in your neck of the woods.

Eloise - July 12, 2016 Reply

The tart looks very pretty. Surely a hit with all of my friends if i make this one. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Anna - July 17, 2016 Reply

    Oooooh yes, I am sure your friends will love this tart. Please let me know what you think if you make it. 🙂

Prateek - July 12, 2016 Reply

This looks delicious, lovely tomatoes. Haven’t tried tomatoes and parm combo often, it has mainly been mozarella. The balsamic reduction sounds lovely , can’t wait to try it.

    Anna - July 17, 2016 Reply

    Yes Prateek, I spotted the truss tomatoes and knew straight away they were destined for this tart. 🙂 Its a great combo of flavours, I bet you’ll love it. 🙂

Krysten - July 12, 2016 Reply

I hate exercising. I used to love it before I had a kid and now it just feels too much like work 🙁
However, this tart that you made, I could eat this all day everyday.
Hope you’re doing well Friend!

    Anna - July 17, 2016 Reply

    Oh I hear that Krysten, the whole exercising thing is a lot of work, but…. when one does, one really enjoys all the great feels attached to it. Which motivates one to keep doing it, catch 22 huh? 🙂 Teehee, yep, the tart is totally delicious and totally something I could eat often too. Yep, doing great this end, we missed you last night at the bloggers dinner. Hurry up and move to Australia already.

Mabel Kwong - July 11, 2016 Reply

This tart looks absolutely amazing, Anna! No meat, light and it looks like it would make a light snack, or a light meal if you eat the whole thing at once 😀

I so sympathise with you when you say you wake up in the dark, cold, go home in the dark, cold. It can be depressing. On the weekend, I was sitting in my room with the curtains drawn wide open. I thought, “Wow, this is bright”…and I thought the sparkly ring on my hand was sparkling like never before in the light 😀

I’m not much of a cook, but I love anything leafy green, like Chinese brocolli. Good with a cool salad or a light stir fry 😀 Hope you are well, big sis! Lots of hugs and kisses your way. Muah! 🙂 <3

    Anna - July 17, 2016 Reply

    Yep, it really is one of those any time of the day meals, I hope you make it, cause I am sure you would love it. 🙂

    Isn’t that the most wonderful and amazing feelings, the sun soaking into your soul and warming you, I am so pleased you are taking time out and looking after you.

    YUM! Chinese broccoli is the business, as are stir fries and salads. Pretty sure child me would have laughed and laughed at the thought of me enjoying green vegetables.

    Doing well little one, hope you are too. Sending you all the hugs and loves. xoxo

Elissa - July 11, 2016 Reply

That looks very tasty, and not that hard to make. Love the idea of leaving the tomatoes on the truss on the top of the tart, it looks really cool.

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, I like them better on the truss too. 🙂

Mandy - July 11, 2016 Reply

Darlin, I don’t believe in diets – quite honestly they cause more destruction than anything else and I have seen all too often how diets leave people unhappy and bigger from when they started. Enjoy life hon, it is too damn short to be unhappy for even a minute!
LOVE your tart, will definitely be having this for a wonderful lunch soon.
Have a beautiful week sweet Anna.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, I hear you on the diets. I have seen people end up a whole lot worse for the ware with diets too, crazy what some of these fads can do to people. I am absolutely doing my darnedest to enjoy life, certainly enjoying all the delicious food! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my friend. Hope your week is rocking too. Mwah! xo

Hannah - July 11, 2016 Reply

Raspberries! Delicious Fresh in Summer but amazing as compote over my pancakes in winter(or all year)!!!

I haven’t exactly started working on a winter body however late night basketball early morning walks and touch in the rain are keeping me fit this winter. Soooo many layers!

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Raspberries… oh fancy… you have excellent taste little buddy. Cant say I have found delicious raspberries all year round, but I do have a hearty love for them too.

    It’ so good to see you gunning it with your exercise again, was rather depressing seeing you out of action all those months.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - July 11, 2016 Reply

Yoga is excellent for you and will help create a lasting summer body of you stick to it. My aim this winter was to lose weight in anticipation of going overseas. So far I’m on target

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Yoga has been my go to exercise for a good many years now, I like the way it lengthens your muscles, makes you nice and lean, and it isn’t too hard either. Winning all round! I bet you are gunning it with your exercise plan Tandy!

Liz - July 11, 2016 Reply

A beautiful celebration of tomatoes in winter!

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Isn’t it wonderful Liz? Sure brightened my day munching away on these delicious truss tomatoes. 🙂

hassan - July 11, 2016 Reply

Mmmmm…I like.

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Oh its a gouda Hassan! Hope you enjoy it if you make it. 🙂

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