This is the shallot tarte tatin from this book by Sarah Raven, it's in other books by her and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall reproduced it in his veg handbook (he's a fan of hers).
I love caramelised onions, and this is like eating a great French onion soup on top of pastry, if you get my drift. It is delicious. And very easy to make as well. I didn't have a 'frying pan with removeable handle' to go in the oven, but this little enamel roasting dish worked perfectly.
The recipe calls for slices of cheese on top of the onions and before the pastry, camembert or brie. I used some brie but also some Peakdale Shropshire blue ( red coloured Stilton, strong) for punch. We had it with sugar snap peas and there's some left for today's lunch.
The painting is coming along nicely. I can report that the Annie Sloan chalk paint is a doddle to use, the best bit being that you wash the brushes in water. I only buy water based paint these days as I hate fannying around with turps or thinners. The chairs are fiddly and a real test of patience, the sideboard will be another challenge- the first coat is fine, but then I start to get bored just going over and over. So I tend to do it in chunks rather than stick at it.
Which is odd as I can plug away at the most dull and basic crochet and knitting stitches for hours on end. I have decided I would make a poor painter and decorator but I'd be good at those 60 minute makeover things they put on the telly. Wham bam.