What food memories do you have of summer ?
Corn, peaches, fresh peas, strawberries; all wonderful, but what about fresh tomatoes?!
Nothing beats the adventure of growing your own tomatoes, picking just the ripe-ready & juicy tomatoe, slicing into it ( while it is still warm from the sunshine ) .. Making a fabulous caprese salad with bocconcini that is oozing with goodness, topping it with fresh basil, a drizzle of glistening olive oil & a grind of fresh pepper & sea salt (I love Vancouver Island Salt Company. Don’t miss out on this taste of Vancouver island at www.visaltco.com) or how about a great BLT sandwich made with freshly toasted sourdough bread.
This summer, I have been using the stone on my BBQ, so cutting the tomatoes in half and grilling them, topped with fresh pesto ( lots of basil in my garden this summer ) has been the side dish to many a meal.
I have been inspired with more tomato creations from a couple of books I just received.
The very clever Barbara-Jo from Books to Cooks in Vancouver, BC (www.bookstocooks.com) has started a seasonal book experience where you receive a book at the start of each season. The surprise and delight of this puts a smile on my face. For the summer season the carefully presented package arrived with 2 books, The Tomato Basket by Jenny Linford and Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier!
As my tomatoes are ripening earlier than ever, I am busy with tomato recipes each day. Try this wonderful idea for tomato butter from the creative blog Shutterbean.
Let me know what tomato recipes you are making from your garden candy this summer.
Taste, Taste, Taste