Monday, July 29, 2013

Do You Eat Tomatoes for Breakfast?

In a recent conversation with writing buddies and their wonderful crop of home-grown tomatoes, someone thought eating tomatoes in the morning was a bit challenging.  I must confess to finding cereal a crime against humanity. 

I do enjoy tomatoes in the morning, whether cooked down, with onions and chiles in Mexican eggs, or sizzled in bacon fat the English way.  

Actually, I can eat home-grown tomatoes any time of the day or night, sliced and salted.  And I did.  So lucky to have talented gardeners as buddies.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The BEST darn kebobs

Marcella Hazan is a goddess.  I run to her to Classic Italian to make minestrone, ragu, tomato sauces. She does everything!  One of my favorite recipes is her take on skewered swordfish.

Cube 2lbs of swordfish (1 by 2" chunks, approximately)
Cut approximately the same number of rectangles of red, yellow, or orange bell peppers.

Place the above in a container or baggy, with a tablespoon of bread crumbs.  Add juice of half a lemon, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt, and mix.  Marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes on the counter, longer in the fridge.

To skewer:

You will need a similar amount of finely sliced, half moon lemons. If you can, use meyer lemons.
And half inch chunks of tomato.

The pattern should be:
Fish, lemon, tomato, pepper, fish, lemon, etc.

Grill four minutes a side, eight in total.  The fish should be moist, not dry and tough.

Serve with an easy pilaf!  More grilled vegetables! Rose wine!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Current Summer Addictions

Sliced peaches, bananas, a sprinkling of blueberries on zero percent Greek yogurt, with a healthy shower of brown sugar.

Pancakes, with diced bananas and blue berries scattered into the batter before flipping.  A drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of Greek yogurt on the side (for protein, cuts back the hunger pangs caused by all those deliciously empty carbs).


Friday, July 5, 2013