Roasted Tomato & Goat Cheese Tartine

by Kiran on August 13, 2013 · 59 comments

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I’m experiencing writer’s block. A huge rut that is sinking my creativity with it. For the past few days, there has been almost zero interest in cooking, styling or instagramming.

Sporadic eats throughout the day. Very few interactions over social media. And I’m OK with the break. But I’m also beating myself up for not doing anything to eliminate this rut.

Roasted Tomato & Goat Cheese Tartine |

I love cooking/baking. And I get way too excited when it comes to plating and styling. But it’s not the same now. I’ve learn to accept that its OK to do something different.

Which is doing nothing at all 😉

Roasted Tomato & Goat Cheese Tartine |

It’s ok to not instagram every meal I’m consuming. It’s all about enjoying precious moments of life without technology. I think we all go through some sort of blocks in our lives. And it’s great to break out of a routined daily tasks.

That’s when simple and fresh food comes in. I find comfort in foods that won’t require slaving over hot stove in the kitchen. Simple and hearty tartines or sandwiches, salads, smoothies and freshly squeezed juices comes in handy too.

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Makes 6 tartines


  • 1 lbs tomatoes on the vine
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 slices of bread
  • 4 oz herbed goat cheese, softened

Basil oil

  • 1 small bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • hot water
  • icy cold water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat oven to “broil”.
  • Add tomatoes, pinch of salt + pepper, 2 tbsp olive oil, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Gently toss.
  • Broil tomatoes on low between 20 to 25 minutes or until tomatoes are blistered.
  • Blanch fresh basil leaves in some hot water for 15 seconds. Shock blanched basil leaves into cold water. Gently squeeze out liquid from basil leaves and add it into a food processor with salt, black pepper and lemon zest. Pulse to combine and gently stream in extra virgin olive oil to emulsify.
  • Once tomatoes are broiled, allow it to come to room temperature.
  • To assemble: Lightly toast bread slices. Slather on some goat cheese, cooled roasted tomatoes, a drizzle of basil oil, pinch of salt and pepper.


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Off to make another tartine, read a gossip magazine and call it a day.

How do you get out of a rut?


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1 Jen @ Savory Simple August 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Beautiful photos, Kiran!
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2 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Jen — thanks so much, friend 🙂


3 Katerina August 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I think a break is necessary here and there to be able to refresh your interest on blogging and cooking. Just take your time and start enjoying cooking without so much blogging and I am sure the rut will disappear!
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4 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM

Katerina — thanks for the advise, friend. definitely makes a lot sense to take a small break 🙂


5 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ August 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

These tomatoes on the vine are beautifully shot. I am amazed, as usual. I believe it is normal to feel like escaping the blogger’s routine from time to time. Do not to feel guilty in doing so. A bigger piece of Life is out of these virtual walls where everything is shared with people we can’t really get to know, unfortunately.
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6 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Daniela — thank you and yes, taking a short break definitely does wonders 🙂


7 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Love this! Gorgeous photos, Kiran! My advice on writers block: step away. Relax. It will go away. 🙂
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8 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Anna — thank you so much, friend 🙂


9 Yvonne @ bitter baker August 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Lovely tartine! I get in those ruts sometimes.. and I do exactly what you do, I take a break. I go for a run, or read a good book. Being outside helps me the most!
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10 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Yvonne — thank you and great tips!


11 Kitchen Belleicious August 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

the pictures of the roasted tomatoes is making my mouth water. This looks incredibly delicious
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12 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Jessica — haha, thanks a lot friend 🙂


13 Tanvi August 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I love Goat Cheese and this looks like something I will eat till the last bite. Stunning pictures!!!

P.S. It is indeed okay to take a break from technology. You will be back when you are ready! (:


14 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Tanvi — thank you. you are way too sweet! xoxo


15 Ina gawne August 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Ohhh yummm…my kind of sandwich! As to how to get out of a rut?…haven’t figured that one out yet!
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16 Kiran August 19, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Ina — thanks! i think taking a short break is a must!


17 Soma August 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Don’t we all go through the times? and even after that you have come up with a beautiful perfectly summery post! Love it! and I can’t even keep up with the social media forget instagramming all the meals! Escape and come back!
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18 Kiran August 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Soma — great advise about escaping and come back 🙂


19 dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

breaks, ruts, and no inspirations happens quite often with me..I would love to take some break from the technology though. I just scroll through tastespotting, read a food magazine with amazing pictures and go to the farmers market when Im running out of ideas and inspirations.
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20 Maria | Pink Patisserie August 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I completely get needing to take a break. Blogging is an overwhelming life at times and so important to just relax, step away and enjoy doing other equally or even more meaningful stuff. Away from all the woulda, shoulda, coulda’s. Love these simple and beautiful tartines, a perfect way to unwind. Yum.
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21 Ash-foodfashionparty August 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

A break is definitely necessary, we all go through that, it will go away.
Love goat cheese and this is such a simple and elegant snack/meal.
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22 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You August 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Kiran: I feel the same sometimes…There were weeks that I had to force myself to make something for my blog. There are times that one is so exhausted that a break is necessary to recharge the batteries.I love the simple recipe. The simple things are the best, don’t you agree?!
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23 Monet August 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I think you are doing exactly what you need to do…let go of all the technological “burdens” and just embrace the simple pleasure of a good meal. I know that this helps me! And these tartines? Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing my friend!
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24 Rosa August 14, 2013 at 3:31 AM

Don’t worry, you are not alone! I have been experiencing the same thing since a while now… Relax and take a break. I’m sure your blogging mojo will come back soon.

Lovely tartines and pictures!




25 Coffee and Crumpets August 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

We all go through times of no inspiration and writers block. I’ve learnt to not beat myself over it and just enjoy the rest. Great thing there is that during that rest, you come up with some great ideas.

These tartines are a great idea.

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26 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste August 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Your photos are stunning (as always)! And this tartine is the perfect mashup of two of my all-time favorite ingredients. YUM!
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27 Charul @ Tadka Masala August 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Happens with me all the time.. But I guess the sight of those beautifully roasted tomatoes and the aroma would be enough for me to get back to my senses and tell the world about these tomatoes. 😛
They look absolutely delicious. 🙂
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28 Juliana August 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

What a simple and beautiful dish Kiran…the photos are awesome, as usual…
Hope you are having a fun week 😀
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29 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I get writers block all the time! I find it helpful to step away for a while and come back later. It helps clear the mind. Your photos are always gorgeous. And I’m salivating just looking at it. Love roasted tomatoes and goat cheese on crusty bread. YUM!
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30 Shibi Thomas August 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Loved the last picture!!! I know exactly how it feels about the block, it happens to me too :(…but it is not persistent, will get over it.


31 Nusrat Azim August 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I love everything about you. And my liking is increasing at an alarming rate! Creepy!

Thanks for producing my kinda dish this time around 🙂
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32 Andi Houston August 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I am always so blown away by your photos. So gorgeous!

I definitely think it’s okay to take breaks every once in a while. Even if you earn money from this, it has to be enjoyable and inspiring… otherwise, what are we doing?
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33 Kathryn August 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I certainly go through phases like this and it’s definitely okay to take a step back when it does happen. It’s the best way to recharge your creative batteries. This tartine is really so lovely.
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34 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I adore roasted tomatoes, such a scrumptious tartine! As for a block, I usually try to get out of the kitchen for a few hours (or a few days) and do something else that feeds my soul (running, reading by the pool, photography practice) until inspiration returns!
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35 rebecca August 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

looks great and don’t feel the pressure to post enjoy life on and of social media, I tweet a lot as need to chat as with kids all day 🙂
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36 Elizabeth August 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I know these feelings well. But to look at this gorgeous, fresh tartine, one would never ever know. So pretty!
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37 john@kitchenriffs August 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Sounds like you need a break. Or if you don’t want to take a complete break from blogging, try writing about something new – review one of your favorite cookbooks, for example. Or some nifty piece of kitchen equipment that you own. Or just make more of this great tartine! One bite of this would get me eager to write and photograph!
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38 Honey What's Cooking August 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I’ve been making something similar… just need to post it if the pictures came out well. Your pictures are beautiful. I hear ya on the technology thing, but I’m addicted. 🙂
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39 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

As always, your photos and food styling are fabulous.The tartine look so inviting!
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40 Kate@Diethood August 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Damn, girl, you’re making me want to roast some tomatoes at midnight! Looks SO good!

By the ways, you’re experiencing what many of us seem to be experiencing… I think it might be a summer thing. It never happens in the winter because we’re stuck at home with nothing to do, but cook. And eat. 😀
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41 jehanne@thecookingdoctor August 15, 2013 at 5:11 AM

i so hope your writer’s block will pass, as this happy blog is one of my favourites! at least I find similarity in what you enjoy, as I too love goat cheese and grilled tomatoes, only probably not as pretty as this 🙂
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42 Hemal Shah August 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Congratulations Kiran! Your blog wins an award on IBA 2013
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43 Karen (Back Road Journal) August 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

As you can see from all the comments, we all go through the same thing. Summer is about taking life a little slower and enjoying the simple pleasures that that come with it. Step back and enjoy a little break. Love the beautiful photos of your delicious looking tartine.
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44 Shashi @ August 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

We all need a break sometimes – a change in pace and scenery 🙂
I have no doubt you will be back in full force soon -and putting out more recipes like this! I love roasted tomatoes but have never used balsamic on them before! Yum!


45 Nik@ABrownTable August 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Take a break, it helps to recharge. The photographs as always look gorgeous.
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46 Sissi August 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Social what? Just joking! I have never been active in any social media really… I cannot make myself start it. I’m out of time 🙂 I struggle too much with my “basic” old-fashioned blogging activity…
Your tartines look beautiful! Goat cheese is my everyday fare (I have it on crunchy bread very often in the morning: one of the rare breakfasts I can swallow…) and of course tomatoes are the goat cheese’s best friend. Basil oil sounds excellent too. It’s such a Mediterranean snack…
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47 Jennifer @ Delicieux August 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I hear you! I think all this technology and social media isn’t good for us. I know that since I’ve been using less of it I’ve been feeling a whole lot better.

Stunning tartines. I absolutely adore cherry tomatoes. I love that last shot, so beautiful!
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48 Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today August 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Writer’s blok comes and go. It will pass 🙂 Beautiful pictures!
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49 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I’ve had terrible writers block lately too. I think it must mean we need to enjoy the last bit of summer and take a break from blogging. 😉 Lovely tartines!
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50 carolinaheartstrings August 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Wonderful post, pictures and recipe. Your food always looks terrific.
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51 simi August 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I think you are right, sometimes you do get into a block/rut. I like to shut down and not do anything for 3-4 weeks, It really helps me bring back my creative urge.
On another note, if with a block you can get so creative with a camera, I wonder the end result when you are brimming with creativity.
love the photographs
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52 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Sometimes we need a break – as we constantly work (and same routine) and you need to step aside, but when you return, I know you’re recharged and have something great to share. 🙂 Beautiufl tartine, Kiran!
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53 Kristi Rimkus August 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM

The dilemma of a food blogger – writer’s block, recipe creativity block, and technology overload. I’m glad I’m not the only person who experiences this. You’re right. It’s okay to take a break. In fact, I believe it increases creativity. 🙂
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54 mjskit August 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

I definitely understand the writer’s block thing. Sometimes we just need to step back and let out minds and souls relax and not put so much pressure on ourselves. Take it easy and have fun! I love the way you relax with this delicious tartine! Perfect time of the year for roasted tomatoes and basil! Love your photos!
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55 Archana @ FeedingThefoodie August 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I’ve recently felt stuck, and I’m a new blogger for crying out loud ! I think you do what you do and inspiration comes when it does. Its when you try to force it, that it doesn’t work. All I did was kept reading other blogs, and I found the inspiration creeping back……
Your pics are beautiful.
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56 Sophie August 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Waw, a lovely tasty recipe! I can use home-grown basil & home-grown cherry tomatoes in here: double yum!!! x
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57 easyfoodsmith August 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

It really is great sometimes to do nothing! In fact I have a fridge magnet that keeps reminding me of it time and again. It says `it is sometimes beautiful to do nothing…and then rest afterwards!!’ 😉

Love the brightly lit pics and a comforting tartine.
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58 juliana loh @bilbaobab September 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

This looks amazing and one of my favourite summer dishes!! Love how you’ve styled it too!
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59 Carolyn Chan September 10, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Totally get where you are coming from with the writers block thing ! I seem to go through periods of not wanting to do anything (except eat things of course) but then I get back in to it and I enjoy it so much I always think “what was the problem?”. I honestly think it does take dedication to the love of food and it is an effort at times, but so rewarding at the same time. And thank goodness you are doing this, because i love your photos and recipes !
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