Tomatoes. I love them, my characters love them, my children love them. We are tomato people.
We always grew tomatoes. A staple in an urban vegetable garden. Easy to grow (if you know how;)) and what a bounty! Growing up my gram grew the plum tomatoes, elongated and oval, not round, and we would go out and pick them and eat them right there in the garden. She would put salt in her apron pocket and I can remember reaching up to take a pinch for my tomato and getting a bit of fuzz as well. Yummy fuzz.
I grow tomatoes... some years are better than others. This year is going to be a good year. Though we only planted two plants this year, they are healthy and already have flowers all over them. Little, lovely yellow flowers that will turn into ripe, juicy tomatoes with just a bit of care....
I will most likely give you many tomato recipes over the next few months. This one is my favorite. And it is a bit odd, a bit wonderful, and EASY.
Take 5 or 6 ripe tomatoes. Cut into chunks, do not dice.. do it however sloppy or fancy you want, just leave the pieces at least bite size. Put in a beautiful glass bowl.
Cut a large cucumber. Same rules as above. Put in the bowl to mingle with the tomatoes.
Salt. I talked to you about salt. It is a subjective ingredient. Start small, add more. Keep in mind that salt is a tomato's best friend.
2 cups small Frieselles. (What? What are those?)
*Frieselles are Italian pepper biscuits. In the bread eisle near the italian bread. If you can't find them, you can certainly use nice, rustic croutons.
Olive oil, Ice. Yes. ICE. Basil
Put Frieselles in the lovely glass bowl with the Tomatoes and cucumbers and salt. Add a nice bit of fresh basil. Drizzle olive oil (1/2 cup or so) **** Good olive oil people. Please.
Now cover the bowl with ice cubes. Now stir all together and cover with plastic wrap. When the ice is melted, you have tomato salad. Salt again if necessary.
You should really try this. It is very good. Trust me.
See you monday.