Sometimes random thoughts on food and wine and the pleasures they provide.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The heirloom tomatoes are finally arriving in volume at the farmers’ market. The “Tomato Guy,” as I call him, says his are all about two weeks behind schedule due to the cooler than usual weather this year. But he had a good selection today and so did several other vendors. Today was the Tomato Guy's first day of the season at the market and I wasn’t the only one really excited to see him.
In the summer, our standard Sunday lunch is heirloom tomato salad, cheese and an herb roll from Acme bakery. Sometimes Larry stands in a really long line to get that one 70¢ roll. Today the tomatoes included Purple Cherokee, Black Brandywine, Green Zebra, an orange and a pink one that weren’t labeled and one called Caltrans. I’m pretty sure Caltrans is not an heirloom! In addition to our usual lemon cucumber, we also purchased a cucumber new to us, the Armenian white. One stand had samples to try and I loved its lacy edges. I keep the heirloom salad simple and just put salt and pepper, a little red spring onion, lots of basil and a mixture of high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the tomatoes and cucumbers. It’s the individual flavors of each tomato variety that I love and this simple preparation allows them to shine through. Doesn't the salad look beautiful?!!
It was a banner day at the market in addition to purchasing the tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet basil (mine isn’t ready to pick yet), we also came home with blackberries, strawberries, corn, figs, and lots of peaches and nectarines. I’m going to try Chef Dennis’s Peach Blueberry Custard Pie minus the blueberries and the crust and see if it will work more like a pudding. I’ll let you know how it works out.