|Heirloom tomatoes, in their many colors, turn any salad into a stunning dish!|
So, here I sit, waiting for Mother's Day ~ not for a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, but for the day I can go out & buy/plant my tomato seedlings & start the gardening cycle once again. Waiting, too, for the time I can enjoy eating my tomatoes ~ just like I did last year...
|...never looked so pretty!|
|Homegrown tomatoes, basil, sliced cheese & French bread ~ add a bottle of wine & you've got the perfect summertime meal.|
|Tomato Water Martini|
When I make salads featuring my tomatoes, I usually like to make a simple vinaigrette dressing with olive oil, a few herbs, salt/pepper & either a balsamic or red wine vinegar. I will sometimes use ranch dressing if I'm tossing the tomatoes with cucumbers and/or beans. Fresh shaved or grated Parmesan cheese is always a nice touch. Another meal Roy & I REALLY enjoy eating in the summertime, when the tomatoes are sun-kissed & vine ripe, is warm, crusty French bread with sliced tomatoes, basil & cheese. This is a full meal for us, we hardly ever have any left. We eat it slowly & enjoy it with a bottle of wine. Now, that is my kind of 'happy meal'!
Last year, I had a TON of yellow tomatoes get ripe, all at the same time. I chopped them up for my Salsa Fresca & found that I had a large amount of 'tomato nectar' hiding in the bottom of the bowl. It truly is the pure, clear, essence of summer. What a treat! I turned that golden liquid into a Tomato Water Martini ~ just using the nectar/tomato water as it was. I like having the color along with the flavor, besides it was all ready to go without additional fuss. Works for me!
Well, thanks for listening to this gardener go on about tomatoes. The wait is almost over.... :)