Tomato, Carrot, and Goat Cheese Galette

It’s been an interesting start to the year. I’m finished my third week of attending on general medicine wards (!!) and I’ve finally started to shed a little bit of the terror.

The shock of seeing my name as “Staff Physician” or under the admitting orders. The first week I had to remind myself repeatedly to step back and be the attending, letting the resident run the team, and to step in with the teaching and final decisions. Final decisions — that’s what interesting thing. Residency was truly over for me the first week I was an attending. The layers over the years had slowly peeled away.

MS4 has the intern, resident, and attending as back up.

Intern has resident and attending as back up.

Resident has attending as back up.

Attending has…so many other attendings as back up. That’s what I love about medicine, it’s a team sport at all levels. I run things by my co-chiefs, and other attendings when I’m not sure. It’s a team sport. But at the end of it — it really is now my name under the primary attending for the patient. Do I discharge? Do I admit? That’s my decision.

Oh boy, the first patient I discharged directly from the ED was humbling.

“So the pCO2 is 80, ok…but it’s always been 80, and it’s compensated appropriately…and they are at their baseline…ok–let’s arrange close follow up and discharge.”

It’s a humbling experience where you read when you get home to learn more about what you thought you knew, but want to double check, or review, or learn more nuances.

The humility needed for this job is amazing to me. The “no wait, this person has metastatic cancer? No, that’s not what they came here for…and they don’t know…so we have to tell them…”

“But I didn’t come here for that.”

“I know”

“No — I didn’t come here for that — I’m fine, I just have a little pain.”

“I’m so sorry — the pain is from the cancer”

You sit there in the necessary silence of the void that exists in those moment just after, and see in their eyes that there will be no more before. There will just be the after. Whether it goes well, or not as planned, there will only be after.

I’m still learning, and I will continue to learn, and that’s why I picked this job. It’s a privilege to get to learn constantly, teach others, and care for people.

A great memory from this week?

“Doc, I like your badge”

“Oh, yeah, it’s a little worn, I have to get a new one before my ID cards fall out”

“No, I mean I like your pin. I like that you’re wearing it.”

*Looks down at the pin, looks up at at patient*

“I like it too. I’m glad you do.”

I bought a Black Lives Matter pin at the beginning of the year and pinned it to my white coat. A coat meant to demonstrate help and healing, and instead for too many demonstrates bias, omission of truth, and complicit repression. In this climate, more than ever, I want my white coat and the white coat of my residents to mean only “do no harm.”

In this time of seeming dark apocalypse in California, my job is a light.  This tomato galette helped too.

Tomato, Carrot, and Goat Cheese Galette

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

0.75 teaspoon kosher salt

0.75 cup (1.5 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

0.25 cup cold water, plus a few splashes more if needed

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1½ lb. tomatoes, I used the big and mini tomatoes I had on hand

1 carrot, washed, and sliced into half moons

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

0.75 cup softened goat cheese

a few tablespoons of fresh herbs like parsley and cilantro

Optional sesame seeds for garnishing

Freshly ground black pepper


First make the dough, it will have to rest for 1 hour prior to rolling out.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the salt and flour. Then add in the cubed, unsalted butter and use your fingers to smoosh the butter into pea-like consistency.

Then add in the water. Make sure it’s cold, I used a little over 0.25 cups to get the dough to come together. Mold it into a disc, and wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, mix together your base layer which is the goat cheese and your herbs.

Then slice up your tomatoes, salt them slightly and put them on paper towels to dry. Next cut up your carrots.

After an hour, turn your oven to 400 Degrees and roll out your pastry. to about 12-13 inches (0.25 inches thick) on a floured surface. Transfer it to a parchment lined baking sheet.

Then spread your goal cheese mixture on the bottom, layer your tomatoes, and carrots, and fold up the sides of your galette!

Brush the sides with some heavy cream if you have it, or melted butter and top with sesame seeds

Bake at 400F for 40-5 minutes, and pull out and cool on a wire rack to prevent a soggy base!

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