I survived my daughter’s 4th birthday. It may not sound like a big deal, but to me it is. Dubai is a place where everything can be bought for a party, be it decoration, photographer, entertainment, food, or a whole place to avoid a bunch of children + parent and/or nanny invade your place. Apart from the (very unhealthy) cake which I buy from outside and usually just gets slaughtered and not eaten (as kids just love the bright colors and parents are on a diet), we choose to do everything ourselves.
Yesterday’s party was not in any way different from the previous parties that we threw for our two kids. We dished up tested and approved music, games, foods for the kids. I managed to wow some of the accompanying adults with some Crispy Chocolate Walnut Cookies and Spicy Cocktail Nuts.
My daughter, however, decided, that she had enough of the party after 45 minutes and rather wanted to play with her gifts upstairs in her room than spending time with the guests. Oh well. It was a roller coaster ride, and in the end, everyone had a good time. At some stage. I guess.Today I can still feel the party in my bones. It takes a lot out of me to try and make everyone happy while chatting nicely to the parents. I tried to fix myself with good food: lots of green stuff, fresh fruit, and nuts, no gluten, no grains, no sugar. Those are my recovery foods for whatever has to be recovered from.

However, this spinach tart I made and ate sometime last week, to probably (unconsciously) prepare me for (the hardships of) the party. I finally managed to get the gluten-free pie/tart crust right. That had been the missing piece in this spinach tart for a quite some time. My daughter managed to eat a piece of this tart by gobbling up all of the tart crust, but left all the spinach filling on the plate. Husband took one bite and said it was too spinach-y.  He prefers the Bacon Leek Tart. Oh well, one can’t have everything… more for me then.

I absolutely loved every single bite of it. And I am very proud to share this recipe with you now. I hope you will like it as much. Bon appetit!



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3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
3 tablespoons gluten free flour mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
100g/4oz cold butter, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon ice cold water
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 red onion, finely chopped
6 cups fresh spinach, rough stems removed and chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Serves 2-4

In a food processor, combine buckwheat flour, almond meal, GF flour mix and salt. Add butter cubes and pulse until mixture becomes crumbly. Add water and egg, and process until it forms a ball. Form a disc out of the dough and wrap tightly with cling wrap. Keep in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Lightly grease a 8-inch tart pan.

Between two sheets of wax/parchment paper, roll out the dough in the shape of your tart pan. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper and take the remaining sheet with the dough and gently turn upside down onto the tart pan. Peel off the wax paper and gently press the crust dough into the pan and up the sides. If the dough tears, patch it back together by using small pieces of dough. Remove excess dough. Pre-bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute chopped onions for a few minutes, then add minced garlic. Stir in spinach and cook until just wilted. Season with salt. Set aside.

Lightly beat the eggs. Add goats cheese and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg.

Transfer spinach into pre-baked tart crust. Pour over the egg cheese mixture. Make sure the spinach is evenly covered. Sprinkle walnuts on top and bake for 20 minutes at 180C/350F, or until egg has set. Take out of the pan. Cut into wedges. Serve warm.


  1. You are too funny. We had Jane’s 1st b-day this past weekend and I was wayyyy too stressed just having to make a pretty, crowd-pleasing vegan cake. Just couldn’t bring myself to do a box mix. Next year I’m totally paying a vegan friend who likes baking to do it for me though!!

  2. You can read my mind! I was searching the whole morning for a good spinach-goat cheese tart without cream. Yours just looks PERFECT!

  3. Reminds me of my parents, they always used to make everything! When I think about it, I feel intimidated, would I be able to do the same when I have kids? I think it takes a lot of will to plan a kid’s birthday party 🙂 That tart looks delicious!

  4. A delicious looking tart, though I think my partner would agree with the ‘too spinach-y’ part as expressed by your husband. Oh well, making this would mean lunches for a week just for me 😀

  5. This looks absolutely delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

  6. This looks amazing! I love goat cheese and spinach, they’re such a good combination.

  7. Great tart recipe! Used this when my gluten-free friend was over for dinner- delicious! It was my first gluten-free dough, but it turned out great!

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