I'm Kate and this is where I share and celebrate life's little pleasures. I am a career-loving mama, who loves to travel and is often in the kitchen. I'm married to my best friend Sam, and we are raising our little one, George, in London.

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Asparagus, Ham & Cheese Tart

Asparagus, Ham & Cheese Tart

This fool-proof recipe is one of my favourites for a picnic, weekend snacking or a light dinner with a side salad. From the famed Ripe café in Auckland’s gourmet suburb of Ponsonby, it’s even better on the second day.

10 minutes prep, 45 minutes in the oven. Serves 4. 


  • 2 sheets (500g) frozen flaky puff pastry
  • 4 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • ¾ cup (90g) cheddar or tasty cheese
  • 10 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 100g ham, sliced
  • ½ cup (40g) parmesan, grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 200℃. Line an oven tray with a sheet of baking paper. Place one sheet of the puff pastry down on the tray, and spread it with 2 tsp of the wholegrain mustard.

2. Sprinkle ¼ cup of the grated cheese over the base layer of pastry. Lay the next pastry layer on top, lining up the edges. Spread with the rest of the mustard, keeping a 1cm border of plain pastry.

3. Lay on the ham and asparagus, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Bake the tart in a hot oven for 35 minutes. Life the pastry base to ensure it’s golden underneath. 

With Love, Kate

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