Brooding Brunch: Heirloom Tomato Tart Recipe

We love holidays as much as the next blogger. It’s always fun to dream up the ultimate way to gear up for the most festive time of year. That said, last week we admitted to being less than Halloween enthusiasts. While costume parties may not be our thing, we did share our ideal spin on the celebration: a beautiful, haunting brunch with friends!

A tabletop overflowing with dark and moody seasonal goodies and a menu to boot, is going to make you forget all about all hollow’s eve and have you nightmarishly obsessed with hosting a spookily easy meal with friends! First up on the menu, a “bloody red” Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart.


Heirloom tomatoes are some of the prettiest produce available in the fall and with their varying colors, from deep purple to bright blood red and squash yellow, they are the perfect fruit to experiment with {yes, fruit. We triple checked}. This tart is your light and bright dish of the meal- it’s fresh, bold and beautiful. And no need to be a professional food garnisher {is there even such a thing?!} – the tomatoes totally do all the work!

“Bloody Red” Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart


2 large Heirloom Tomatos
1 package Goat Cheese
1 sheet Puff pastry
Oregano, salt and pepper for garnish

First, bake puff pastry according to box instructions and let cool to room temperature. Then spread goat cheese on pastry – as much or as little as your heart desires. Then slice tomatoes thinly and arrange in a circle- starting with a base and then alternating tomato variety for a gorgeous finished tart. Season with oregano and salt and pepper to your heart’s desire. You can also bake the tomatoes on a partially baked puff pastry sheet, but their flavor is so meaty and delicious that we prefer them fresh!

And there you have the easiest dish you’ve ever made. It’s sure to impress- no one has to know it only took you 15 minutes to put together!

Just thinking about it makes us hungry. Stop by here if you need tabletop ideas and stay tuned for the rest of the recipes to this perfectly delicious, brooding brunch as we continue to share them all month!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // original recipe + styling by Apartment 34 

Tasty Tuesday: The Ultimate Brooding Brunch

Halloween is one of those holidays that you either love or you hate. For the costume obsessed crowd, the night is jam packed with festivities, but if you’re like us and prefer to spend the spook-filled night at home, sans face paint and spandex, we’ve put a ghoulish spin on a Halloween weekend brunch with friends. No resorting to rocking the bunny suit at this party- although we wouldn’t judge you if you did!


Brunch is one of our favorite past times and any excuse to have a themed one is as good as they come! Starting with a black tablecloth {or craft paper!} and a bountiful seasonal harvest you really don’t need much else to divise a dramatic brooding brunch!


For this spread, we really wanted to focus on a tablescape that anyone could recreate at home! We started with a major floral statement- that literally anyone can replicate – zero expertise required. Simply snap a dramatic apple branch from your backyard or snag a dry fallen branch from the park for an easy floral “arrangement” with a huge impact. Next, grab a plethora of produce from the farmers market {in a deep eggplant and moody green color palette, of course!} – think baby artichokes, a variety of squash, deep purple grapes and figs {while they last!}! From there, all you need are subtle hints of the haunting holiday incorporated in- no candy corn required. These x-ray snake plates are our current fave! Brass candlesticks and hints of gold pop against staple kitchen tools like slate and olive wood cheese boards. Throw up a black curtain to really set the mood and just like that, you have a beautifully haunting brunch!


If you like what you see, you’ll want to stay tuned: all the way up until Halloween we’re going to serve up seasonal brunch recipes that are so easy to make, it’s scary!


> Black Clara Chandelier
> Silver Stag Candlesticks
> X-Ray Tray
> Gold Cheese Knives Set
> Spider Web Skull
> X-Ray Plate Set
> Onyx Flatware
> Black and White Striped Napkin
> Spider Martini Shaker


original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // styling by Apartment 34

3 Food Blogs You Need to Follow

It’s crazy that I’ve been blogging for almost 8 years now and I STILL come across blogs – not just any blogs, AMAZING blogs- that I’ve never seen before. These three food blogs not only have me salivating over the recipes, but also over the delicious food styling! If you’re hungry, proceed with caution.


The Bojon Gourmet is a local food blog based out of San Francisco, but you would never guess it. Featuring moodier images and recipes like brown butter and bourbon peach dessert, the soul and richness of each dish looks and feels like it’s from a far off, magical place. This indulgently delicious blog is the perfect place to go when you’re craving a treat yourself moment!


Holly & Flora is a spectacular visual feast. From garden to kitchen, the ingredients and recipes on this blog come alive in a fresh and effortless way! In fact, you’d think that the founder Jayme’s kitchen was indeed outdoors, due to the mesh of gardening and cooking, styling and foraging. But more than food, you’ll find our favorite: garden-to-glass cocktails. Surprised? Don’t be. Jayme is a sommelier and a mixologist! Talk about credentials!!


This Green Gazpacho from Earth Feast looks like it belongs in a magazine. The light and contrast just adds to the scrumptiousness of the styling of this plate. That side of fresh vegetables, the drops of yogurt and drizzle of olive oil all add to the complexity. And even though we’ve never even tried this dish, we would bet our next dinner that it tastes as good as it looks!

What are some of your favorite food blogs? Do share- we’re hungry!

image 1 via The Bojon Gourmet // 2 via Holly & Flora // 3 via Earthy Feast