Artichoke and Tomato Salad Tarts – DHSP Challenge #7

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I am sure that walking for 15 miles or cooking for 100 people will not make me as exhausted as I feel right now! On the contrary, those might actually help me relax. Sometimes, mental exhaustion is worse than physical. It takes away all my energy and enthusiasm, leaving me lost and helpless.

The last couple of days, I spent more time on Facebook than I ever did in all these years. No kidding! Even when I was addicted to the silly games like Farmville, I used to spend less time on facebook. Some of us (food bloggers) are struggling and fighting with few pages in facebook who have been continuously stealing photos from us. I know there are many other sites, which probably do that, and it’s tough to hunt them down but how could we sit tight after finding one?

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In between this entire struggle, I was loosing my mind and needed some motivation to photo shoot for Simon’s DHSP challenge. I took out the frozen puff pastry, frozen peas, cherry tomatoes and rest of the ingredients. For several minutes, I kept staring at the vegetables and then at my camera — should I or should I not? Totally confused!!

Oh well! If the photos don’t come out good, we would at least have a yummy dinner.

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This month, Simon chose the colorful tart from Donna Hay magazine nr. 61, styled by Steve Pearce and photographed by William Meppem . Now who doesn’t love puff pastry, right? And as you can see below, the photo looks so bright that it screams Spring, loud and clear.

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The only thing I needed was white parchment paper and a white baking sheet. I had none of those. Seriously!! So, now I was not only staring at the veggies and camera but also at my brown parchment paper. How was I supposed to get that gorgeous bright look with a brown parchment paper? And, it clicked me very late at night.. why don’t I use a plain white paper just for the shoot?

Anyways, this photo shoot helped me relax and made me realize how much I love my camera. It worked as a stress buster for me. This photo will always remind of that and hence, I decided to submit it.

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As for the tart, it was yummy. The creamy artichoke hearts with that tangy salad on top blended perfectly. Every crispy bite of that tart was delicious. It will get messy as you eat but don’t care much and just enjoy!

(recipe as shared by Simon)



Artichoke and Tomato Salad Tarts – DHSP Challenge #7


  • 1 sheet puff pastry bought from store , thawed
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, I didn't have feta cheese at home
  • 4 artichoke hearts, each cut in half
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten to make egg wash for rubbing on the pastry edges
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, each cut in half
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar


  1. n a bowl, add all the veggies. Season them with salt and pepper, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and white wine vinegar.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  3. Arrange a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Cut the pastry into 4 equal squares. Using the back of a spoon, score 1 cm border around each square.
  5. Place the pastry sheets on baking tray and top it with artichoke and parmesan cheese.
  6. Brush the pastry borers with egg wash. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until it's puffed up at the edges and golden in color.
  7. Drizzle some more olive oil on top and serve immediately.


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  • Vijitha
    March 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Aw, I know how you feel. Don’t worry girl, whereever the picture jumps and runs around and gets copied, most known to you will recognize and say “hey that’s Kankana’s. I know her styling. She is one awesome photographer” So who ever takes it or does what ever with it, you will have more better things happening your way. My support to you during this tough time. And the tart looks brilliant and so colorful. So spring!

  • daksha
    March 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Hi Kankana, This tart looks so colorful and ur photography is just super dear. I think this is big region to zee khanakhzana not control them self:).

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    March 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    You did brilliantly, K! Your pictures are just stunning. Colorful, vibrant and very inviting.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    March 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Kankana, I’m so sorry about the photos again. I feel very frustrated as I know how much you and other bloggers spend time to create work of art, and someone just steal because they are pretty? They will lose any creditability by doing so even just one time. Don’t let them stop your work. You have a talent!

    I’m really liking this series (to look, not to join! haha). I like puff pastry very much (my comfort baking skills) and it’s great to see you make these delicious tarts. The photographs are stunning Kankana. Your name will be so popular that people will recognize your work just like Vijitha said! 😉

  • Athena
    March 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Kankana, I saw your tweets regarding the stolen images and am sooo sorry this is happening to you and many others. I hope it gets resolved, in your and the other bloggers’ favor.

    Your tarts came out gorgeous and so did your photos. Sometimes you just need to shoot to distract yourself… that’s what I do at times. Whatever helps!

  • Rosa
    March 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Great job! they look splendid and so do the pictures.



  • sayantani
    March 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I have been Donna Hay shows ever since they started airing it on TLC and loved the ease of her recipes. the tart looks amazing and your photos are awesome as always Kankana.

  • sulagna
    March 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Kankana, i came across your blog around a few days back and trust me, seeing this post of yours absolutely brightened my day.though i am not a food blogger the husband and i are foodies through and through.

    Please keep sharing your beautiful stories and recipes cuz they speak of sunshine and smiles 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      Thank you so much Sulanga 🙂 You are so sweet and kind with your words! Just checked your blog and I must say your writing is beautiful!

  • Alyssa
    March 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    What a beautiful post!

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    March 30, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    been hearing about it on twitter… all i can say is shame on those plagiarists who sit on multi million empires but would rather steal the hardwork of others than hire their own photographers? so cheap.. dont give up kankana, keep fighting till they get the point loud & clear. the pics are lovely, i had shortcomings of my own with this challenge (cudn find artichokes) but i like ur brownish background, looks very rustic 🙂

  • Katerina
    March 30, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Beautiful tarts and very beautiful pictures! the colors are amazing!

  • Priyanka
    March 30, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    I know sis…its very frustrating to see someone take credit of your hard work. But don’t be dishearten dear… are best in your field, a thief can only steal what’s out but can never take away your creativity, and the pics in the post is the prove of it.

  • Sukanya
    March 30, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    Dont worry dear about the stealing of photos…plagarism is every where, I know this is extremely frustrating, but nobody can steal your talent, ur ideas, ur creativity that will remain and ppl will recognize it…
    btw tarts are really screaming spring loud and u did wonderful job as usual, though white bckgrnd creates more refreshing look.

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    March 30, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Hi Kankana,
    I did saw some of your Facebook struggling on those Indian pages. They should really be ashamed for stealing your beautiful work.

    These tarts look great, you did such a wonderful job with this challenge.

  • Kiri W.
    Kiri W.
    March 30, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Oh wow, these look delightful – I love artichokes and roasted is even better!

  • Poornima
    March 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    The photographs are gorgeous Kankana and those tarts are mouthwatering!! Good Job!
    These plagiarists are everywhere, yet it is more upsetting to see such popular companies resort to this. I’m sure you’ll win your battle.

  • Mel
    March 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Your photography is stunning indeed! You have such a wonderful vibe to your blog which I enjoy very much. And I agree with others here that you needn’t worry too much about the photo thieves, keep doing what you do and those who know and love you will know your work. By the way, if you don’t already know about Tin Eye, it is a useful add-on to find your photos online – it doesn’t catch all photos, but could help.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Thanks Mel for all your kind words 🙂 I have not heard on Tin Eye but will definitely look at it and thanks a bunch for letting me know dear!

  • nipponnin
    March 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I love everything on the puff pastry. This looks healthy and fantastic. I’m sorry about that problem you are having. Although it’s totally wrong, your photos are all incredibly amazing so I can see these plagiarist (S) want your photos. I wish I have your technique, talent and gifts.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    March 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    What a great job you did on the puff pastry Kankana! This is definitely a winner!

  • Eha
    March 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Well, the photos turned out absolutely brilliant after all that! And, as the saying goes, one can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time! Hope the plagiarists fall on their own sword! Soon!

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    March 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    delicious flavours the tarts look fabulous lovely pictures

  • Simone
    March 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    So glad you still managed to participate in this months challenge! And yes while it may not entirely resemble the colors in the original I still love your more brownish hues. It looks delicious and ultimately that is what you want for every food photo right? ;0)

  • Ally
    March 31, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Kankana you are seriously so amazingly talented. Your recipes never cease to amaze me! Stunning presentation, fresh ingredients… loving it.

  • Missy
    March 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    This is lovely. So creative!

  • Asmita
    March 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    The tarts look divine! Wish I could just grab one of them as I type. The photography as always is stunning. Brilliant job!

  • Charles
    March 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Hi Kankana – can’t you file a DMCA takedown notice or something with the host of the site? I guess it depends where it’s hosted to be honest – but don’t let it get your down too much – I love looking at your posts – this one included – yummy – so I hope you don’t change anything!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Thank you Charles for your sweet words 🙂 And yeah, we did file a DMCA take down but it’s so frustrating to see so many blogger’s photo being stolen!

  • Tiffany
    March 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    These tarts are a vegetarian’s dream come true!

  • Maja
    April 1, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Kankana, photos are amazing! These tarts are divine! Love them 😉

  • Liz
    April 1, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Truly a stunning dish…and your photos are fabulous!!! YUM, and double yum!

  • Kitchen Rockies
    Kitchen Rockies
    April 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I totally feel with you. I have had pictures stolen from my site as well. Like you I have a copyright on my pictures. I now use the “no right click” plugin and resize all my pictures to pretty small with a low resolution. I hope that will help.
    I also baked the tartlettes for the challenge, but it turned out to be a busy night and everything was eaten before I could take the pictures for Simone’s challenge.
    Best of luck to you. Kirsten

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Thanks Kristen 🙂 Guess what I too have ‘ no right click’ option and yet they manage to steal!!

  • KitchenSisters
    April 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Your blog just looks fantastic! We can learn a lot from it (:

  • maha
    April 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    nice blog vth yumm recipes..visit mine when u r free dear.dis lukz rally yumm n healthy too.awesum cliks…………

  • Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    April 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM


  • Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    April 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I know how you must have been feeling Kankana! It’s not fair to food bloggers who work really hard to take one shot 🙁 I am so sorry!

    About your tarts, looks gorgeous 🙂 I so much enjoyed the process and of course tarts! Thank you for introducing the fun challenge to me.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    April 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    stunning! I don’t know what else to say except STUNNING!

  • Namitha
    April 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I know how it feels, very sad 🙁 Hope they have resolved it all. Did you send that petition you were preparing ?
    Awesome pictures Kankana ! It’s so pretty !

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 3, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      yeah babe, sent the petition and now all we can do is hope they act on it!

  • Divya @ FF
    Divya @ FF
    April 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Kankana, these tarts look amazing! And your photography just gets better by the day.

    So sorry to hear about the whole Zee Khana Khazana incident. It’s hard to believe that such a reputed brand would stoop to such low levels. Hopefully they will learn their lesson!

  • sally
    April 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    These tarts are so beautiful! I love the combination of veggies that you used.

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    April 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Thieves are losers! They should be sued for stealing content and photos.

    On the contrary, these are some amazing looking tart!! Gorgeous photos 🙂

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    April 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    This tart looks extraordinary, and your photos, as always, are like a perfect dream of what food should be! Never let those people who try so hard to be you, that they steal feel anything but pride. And after the pride…don’t let them get away with it! Your hard work is your own!
    Hope you are having a lovely start to your week…

  • Sara{OneTribeGourmet}
    April 2, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I’m so sorry about the stolen photos, a sad reality in the blogging world.
    Tarts look healthy & delish..also love the photographs!

  • MooNFaCe
    April 2, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    cooking and baking are always stress- relievers for me. Amazing !
    Beautiful shots and I really like the look and feel of your blog. Good luck.

  • susan
    April 3, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    This is so beautiful, so full of spring…I love it all. I love using puff pastry in this way. The perfect solution to sprucing up any ordinary weeknight meal!

  • Sawsan
    April 3, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    So sorry to hear about the stollen pictures Kankana, it is very frustrating.
    All I can say is that you are one of the most talented and inspiring photographers I know, please don’e lose motivation or let them stop your creativity

  • easyfoodsmith
    April 4, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Sorry about the stolen pics.
    The tart looks stunning! It has spring written all over it!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    April 6, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Those are such elegant tarts! I’m sorry to hear about the stolen photos, hope you were able to make things right.

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
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    April 7, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    These veggie tarts look fanfreakingtastic!

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