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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Anyone for Tennis?

It's been a busy couple of months, school is almost finished for the summer and the British strawberry season is here. I have an overload of beautiful garden raspberries and these little tarts are one way to use them up.
I used Dorie's sweet tart dough from this post and filled the baked cases with a little whipped double cream. Just add ripe, summer fruits.

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Little pastry cases ready to bake

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Filled with strawberries, raspberries and a few blueberries

Last Saturday, my 15 yr old son took me to Wimbledon! His name came up for tickets at our tennis club, and because the person in front of him swapped his tickets for No. 1 court tickets, we got seats on centre court. Although I've been a few times before, these were really good seats, not too far up and just behind the royal box - which was interesting because it was 'Sporting Saturday' and they had quite a few members of our Olympic gold medalists as guests, including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Sir Chris Hoy along with other members of our winning cycling team.

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A view of some of the outside courts

The weather was wonderful as we walked around - you can get right up to the edge on the outside courts - the sound that the racquet makes as it hits the ball is electrifying.

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Getting up close on the outside courts

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Finding your way around

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Henman Hill

We sat on the famous 'Henman Hill', which was filled with anticipation as our man Andy Murray would be playing later, then headed off to centre court for the main matches.
These were the matches we saw and the results:

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Centre court, absolutely packed

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Our man in action

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That famous roof

Even if you are not a great tennis fan, going to Wimbledon is a fabulous experience - and you don't have to be on the best court to have a great day (but it sure helps!)

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Patchwork Dragon said...

Wow Nic....what a great day you must have had....I'm not a fan of sports in general, but you got to see some very good matches.

BTW, the tarts look good too!! :o)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi Nic loving the strawberry tarts just perfect for Wimbledon season.

WOW - how lucky to get good seats centre court it must have been spectacular Nic. I have only ever been once and as you know I'm a fan of Wimbledon and tennis.

Snooky doodle said...

Those summer tarts look delicious. I m watching tennis right now :) lucky you went to Wimbledon

Katie said...

Sounds like a great day and your little strawberry tarts look lovely. Come on ANDY!

Marta said...

I'm completely green with jealousy from the Wimbledon experience! you're so lucky!!!! I was just watching it in TV: not the same!!! I'm glad you had this great experience and that you shared it with us :) Thanks!
The tartlets look like the perfect way to capture summer in a pastry!

Sam said...

Sounds like a fun day out, did you try the famous Wimbledon strawberries?

Lisa said...

Those tarts look simply delicious! They remind me of the summer I ate tarts all the way from London to York. And lucky you, getting the good seats at Wimbledon. Sounds like a fabulous outing.

Nic said...

Patchwork - my other son got to go last year with hubby, and so this year it was my turn. I don't mind some sports, but would pass on golf for sure, LOL!

Rosie - it was pretty spectacular, great atmosphere!

Snooky - I am soooo lucky! I will be glued to the tv to see Andy Murray on Friday.

Katie - yeah, GO ANDY!!!

Marta - wish I could have snuck you in as well, nevermind - tv is the next best thing!

Sam - I wasn't in the mood for the strawberries, but did have some Pimms at £6.30 a pop!!

Lisa - wow, that's a long way for the tarts to come from! Hope they were good.

oneordinaryday said...

The tarts look just perfect.

Deeba PAB said...

Gorgeous looking tarts Nic. fresh & exciting & in the Wimbledon spirit. never been there in season, but another of my aunts lived in Wimbledon for many years & we visited often. Your pictures brought back beautiful memories. What fun you've had! Is this the first year they are using the roof? Glad you could enjoy this great event, & gladder that you shared it with us! xoxoxo

chow and chatter said...

wow wimbledon I am jealous what an experience and greta tarts so happy you had fun with your son lOL

Maggie said...

Those strawberry and blueberry tarts look wonderful and very tempting.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Dounds like the perfect way to spend a day to me..and afterwards delicious tarts:D

grace said...

although tennis isn't necessarily my favorite sport, seeing the game played at wimbledon is definitely on my bucket list. great pictures, and great tarts--those pans are so uniquely shaped, i love them!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

I have been watching on BBC1 & BBC2 every day, since Wimbledon started! I am also for our Andy Murray!!
But he has to watch out for Andy Roddick, if he wants to make it to the finals!

Your tartes look beautiful & as yummie as always,...

Lovely pictures too from Wimbledon!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

That must have been a fantastic experience, Nic! I'm so happy for you!

cathy said...

those tarts are amazing! and so is wimbledon :) looks like you are having a great summer!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Wow - lucky you! And what a lovely son you have!

sunita said...

Nic, you lucky girl!That must have been quite some experience. I'm sure you must have enjoyed the day. And what lovely little treats too :-)

Celine said...

Wimbledon should start selling your tarts!

Anonymous said...

I was a big fan of tennis in my childhood; now it's another thing...
I really like this tart tins, very cute tartelettes !

Anna said...

This is my favourite thing to do with strawberries and raspberries in summer! Perfect Wimbledon food, heh.

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Hello my friend,

I deleeted my twitter file because it is not a thing for me! sorry about that! I realy don 't like the twitter thing. I don't have time for that!

So, now you know!

Unknown said...

Wow you had great seats! Tarts and Tennis, this is a great post. Your tarts are so cute!

Anne said...

The little tarts look great! Not really into tennis but looks like a great day out! x

Fitness Foodie said...

Wow Wimbledon would be such a great event to attend. I watched the matches on tv, it was great. Love the pastries, so elegant.

Sweet Treats by Dani said...

great presentation with the tarts :)

Rico said...

Look how delicious this is and looks. I am so impressed a real treat for this time of year well done. :) kisses xxx