I was looking through some photos this morning, trying to work out some facts for myself.
We all know that memory can be selective, mistaken, and warped by our own perceptions. Being an impatient person who is always in a hurry, I wanted to know if my garden recollections were correct.
This year, for example, my onions weren’t ready until the middle of July and I probably pulled them too early. I was sure that I normally had them pulled, braided and in storage by the beginning of July.
I was wrong. Some years, yes, they were safely hung in the cave by the 1st week in July. Other years it was the last week or the middle week or even the first week in August.
The same for tomatoes.
I have a vivid memory of taking a big sack of colorful tomatoes to our friend in Spain for his birthday, which was July 8th. When August 8th slipped by this year without so much as a hint of a ripe cherry tomato, I started to wonder if I would ever see a ripe tomato in my garden.
In looking back at photos of my countertop covered in big, ripe tomatoes I discovered that the dates went from the first of July to the first of September. That’s a full 2 month range.
I’ve been picking lots of tomatoes all week. I’m going to quit worrying about whether they are early or late and just enjoy them.
At least I’m going to try the ‘quit worrying’ part…..
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Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad
Tomatoes and mozzarella are a classic pairing…. but why not goat cheese?
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: First Courses
- 1 – 2 large tomatoes, cut into chunks
- aged goat cheese (chevre) 3oz (90gr), sliced, slices quartered if large
- 2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
- 2 tbs fresh, snipped basil
- 1 1/2 tbs salad olive oil
- 1 1/2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently.
- Spoon onto plates and serve.
I used 1 large ‘Orange Queen’ tomato. Use any color or size you have – enough for 2.
- Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Calories: 275
- Sugar: 3.3 g
- Sodium: 192.3 mg
- Fat: 24.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 10.8 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 4.3 g
- Fiber: 0.7 g
- Protein: 10.4 g
- Cholesterol: 35.6 mg
Keywords: tomato salad, goat cheese
I had a brilliant idea while working in the potager this morning…..
At lease it seemed like a brilliant idea at the time.
I have found myself make more simple dinners / dishes lately. I’m losing the urge to spend 2 hours in the kitchen making some intricate, fussy dish. I still enjoy doing it but not as often. I’m really getting into easy.
Regardless of how tasty those simple dishes are I don’t take the photo and post the recipe. In my mind it’s so easy, why would anyone need a recipe? But what if other people just don’t think the way I do? (ahem) Or don’t want to think about cooking at all?
And it would be kind of embarrassing, as a food blogger, to post a recipe with only 5 or 6 ingredients. I could compensate by posting 12 photos from different angles but that would just be irritating, plus defeat the purpose of simple.
So…. enjoy my first, official, ‘Simple Dish’. Let me know if you like the idea.
I’ll set up a category and index page when I’ve done a few more.
This is just for fun: I fell in love with this house on our last bike ride…. Modern house, on the canal, next to a crumbling, walled garden.
It ticks all the right boxes!