I had a counter full of tomatoes, all looking rather ugly. They were cracked and spotted and unripe in spots.
Some of them had hard white spots under the skin but I didn’t know that until I peeled them.
Some of them were sadly lacking in flavor; others were fantastic.
I decided to peel the lot and decide what to do with them when I figured out what I actually had.
I now have bags of yellow tomatoes, orange tomatoes and red tomatoes in the freezer.
I saved the prettiest and the nicest for this…. Yes, I know, it doesn’t come close to a proper caprese. salad.
We were happy – and I would bet that some frugal Italian has done the same thing.
I used 1 white, 1 green, 1 yellow and 1 red tomato.
And I used oregano as my basil was done for the year.
Warm Caprese Salad
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 ball mozzarella de Bufala, 4oz (120gr) net weight
- 2 – 3 garden ripe tomatoes, any color
- 1 large handful fresh oregano
- 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbs salad olive oil
- Peel tomatoes and cut into large chunks.
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet
- Add tomatoes and sauté just until hot.
- Remove from heat and add Balsamic vinegar.
- Slice the mozzarella into 6 slices and arrange on 2 plates.
- Spoon tomatoes with juices over mozzarella, sprinkle with oregano leaves and serve.
Actually, this was probably my favorite tomato dish of the year.
I think I might have mentioned that we’ve been invaded by Asian Lady Bugs – or something like that.
Whatever they are they look like the beneficial lady bugs but they’re annoying and, as far as I can tell, have no redeeming qualities.
They live in / on the windows where the afternoon sun shines. So, just when it warms up enough outside that I would like to open the windows I can’t because I get a shower of lady bugs on my head.
I brush them off, then they get stepped on and I have to clean the floors.
I’m not talking about a few here… I’m talking many dozens.
A little research said that they don’t like the scent of bay leaves. Since I have a huge laurel tree next to the house I went out and grabbed a couple of branches and stuck them in the shutters.
It actually worked.
Plus I now have a nice batch of dried bay leaves for winter!
I have 2 new colors of morning glories.
These blue flowers are huge! I have no idea why they are blooming at the end of October.
Right next to the big blue ones are these small lavender flowers.
Maybe that’s why I keep gardening – it’s always surprising.