And lo, in the space of a day we passed from a lacklustre spring to a full-on proper summer, and even though it's cooled off, I am already flopping dramatically on the sofa and announcing I cannot do any cooking until September. I am planning to live on tartines: open-faced sandwiches that originated in France, that you can merrily pile high with whatever you choose.
This vegetarian version is similar to one I recently had in a fancy cafe in Dulwich, where the waiters only spoke French, there was a tiny dog at the next table, and I felt like I was on holiday. It's ludicrously delicious and filling, and you'll feel like you're somewhere chic and European even if you eat it standing up in your kitchen.
Smashed White Bean, Avocado, Hummous and Tomato Tartine (serves 2)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: none! Hooray!
You will need:
- Tin of white beans, aka haricot beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 avocado
- Small tub of hummous (make your own if you're super keen)
- Half a lemon
- 1 tomato
- 2 pieces of toast / 1 ciabatta roll sliced longways
- Drain the beans and rinse them to get rid of the gloop. Put them into a large bowl with the olive oil and some seasoning, and mash them with a potato masher or large spoon. Don't make it too smooth, leave a bit of texture.
- Open the tub of hummous.
- Pit and thinly slice the avocado, then slice the tomato.
- Tartine: assemble! Take your toast or ciabatta and start by spreading the mashed beans in an even layer across each piece. Then add a dollop of hummous, a squeeze of lemon juice, some sliced avocado and tomato, and you're done! Eat and enjoy.