“We make a goat cheese and apple tart at the bakery,” he says.

“Bet that’s expensive,” I say.

“Too expensive for my family to eat. Unless it’s gone very stale. Of course, practically everything we eat is stale,” says Peeta, pulling the sleeping bag up around him. In less than a minute, he’s snoring.

Huh. I always assumed the shopkeepers live a soft life. And it’s true, Peeta has always had enough to eat. But there’s something kind of depressing about living your life on stale bread, the hard, dry loaves that no one else wanted.

The Hunger Games, page 309

In this scene, Peeta’s just given Katniss more food from their basket from Haymitch and then mentions the tarts they make at the bakery, no doubt from Prim’s Goat Cheese because at one point, Katniss mentions that Prim always puts aside two of her cheeses for him and in exchange he gives her a generous amount of bread.

Goat Cheese in the tart shells

I’ve never made tarts before and I bought a Williams-Sonoma pan just to make these. I followed this recipe because it was simple, but in the end I found that the crusts were just way too dense and it was like swallowing plaster. I will definitely try this again with a different crust, hopefully one that’s crispier and flakier. I padded the goat cheese into the bottoms and then layered on apples that were tossed with honey.

Goat cheese and apple tarts

It was a bit hard getting a nice design with the apple slices since the tarts are so tiny, so I’ll have to experiment again. I didn’t care too much for the overall taste, probably because I don’t usually like tarts in the first place and the goat cheese tasted a little odd with the apples and honey. I’ll keep you guys posted on another attempt later! After all, I can’t justify buying a pan like that and then only use it once!

This was actually the last reference to food in the book, if you don’t count the glass of orange juice Katniss receives after the Games.

UPDATE: Please see my recipe for Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese and Apple Tarts.

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