More yellow tomatoes anyone?
Actually, it’s not the yellow ones that are doing so well at the moment; it’s the ‘Ananas’.
Ananas is the French word for pineapple so I have no idea how it got to be the name of a popular tomato here.
It’s a very large tomato, like a BeefSteak, that is yellow and orange on the outside and yellow and red on the inside.
Very pretty and very tasty.
I had lots on the plant all summer long but none ripened until recently.
I guess it’s nature’s last hurrah before the end of the season.
Use any color tomato you like…
Spaghetti with Yellow Tomato Sauce
Total time: 35 minutes
- 8oz (240gr) ground beef (mince)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, trimmed, chopped
- 8oz, (240gr) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
- 2 cups (15oz (450gr) tomatoes, peeled, chopped, with all juices
- 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) beef broth
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/4 cup Greek olives, chopped
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 4oz (120gr) speghetti or other long pasta
- Cook pasta according to package directions. When done, drain.
- Heat 1 tbs oil in large skillet. Add the paprika, onion, pepper, mushrooms, garlic, and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the beef and sauté, breaking it up as it browns.
- Add the tomatoes, juices, broth, spinach and oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered until the sauce reduces and thickens, about 15 minutes.
- Add the olives and simmer another minute.
- Spoon over pasta and serve.
After visiting the hilltop village on Saturday we went to a market on Sunday.
Mon mari was hungry for nem (Vietnamese spring rolls) and they have a great Vietnamese food truck at this market.
The market, supposedly the best in the area, was busy as usual.
I didn’t find the one thing I was looking for but did manage to find other things to buy…. Important to support the local economy and all that.
We’ve been to this market lots but never bothered to go into the church before. (More interested in the nem).
It was an interesting, Gothic church that is in the middle of a serious restoration.
What struck me were the statues – all nicely cleaned up:
St. Francis, of course, is always a good choice for a church…. Although I’m never quite sure why he is depicted holding the baby Jesus. Slight discrepancy in the time-line.
But this one puzzled me:
He appeared to be a Roman warrior with a crown on his head holding a ‘crown of thorns’ in his hand.
On closer inspection….
It’s a statue of St. Louis, a 13th Century French king. (King Louis, IX).
He is the only canonized French king which made him rather famous and lots of places are named after him.
You might know a few….
He’s known for expanding the Inquisition and burning the Talmud – both popular actions in the eyes of the Pope at the time.
As I said…. Churches are always interesting.