Tag Archive: Tomatoes

Summer Tomatoes

August 16, 2012

One of the gifts of summer are vine ripe field tomatoes. With all due respect to hot house tomatoes, they just aren’t the same. Needless to say I make a lot of tomato salads in the summer when tomatoes are vine ripened and sweet. Try to find a variety of tomatoes, preferably heirloom and combine colours, shapes, sizes and flavours. This is one case when I say the more the merrier. Tomatoes do not require... View Article

Drink your vegetables: Chilled Gazpacho

July 17, 2012

Spanish in origin, this refreshing chilled soup is lovely in the summer when tomatoes are ripe and sweet and vegetables are crisp and tender. I serve it on hot days and even the skeptics and the less adventurous fall for it every time. Gazpacho is easy to make, there is no cooking involved and the ingredient list is quite flexible. Today I made this with vine riped tomatoes from the local market, small cucumbers, tender... View Article

Tomato and cucumber Salad (Israeli Salad)

June 27, 2012

Here is a simple to make salad that creates its own dressing and is delicious on its own or alongside other foods. It’s a typical salad in Israel and each family has its special way of cutting the vegetables and adding this or that to personalize the outcome. Many take pride in cutting the vegetables into very small cubes that blend together into a lovely fine salad that you could almost eat with a spoon.... View Article

Grilled Tomato-Basil Panini with Fresh Ricotta

May 29, 2012

One of the thing that made its way back from Seattle with me is a lovely loaf of Yukon Gold Potato bread from the Three Girls Bakery at Pike Place Market (post about that trip coming up). The bread was delicious with just unsalted butter but I wanted to grill it so I made this tomato-basil panini with fresh ricotta in a grill pan on top of the stove and served it with a little... View Article

Breakfast Tartine

May 2, 2012

Tartine is a French way of saying open face sandwiches. “shall I make you a  tartine” is so much more alluring than “shall I make you an open face sandwich”, is it not? Don’t they understand romance? Tartines look so beautiful and are flavourful and satisfying. When making tartines I prefer to use Poilane bread if possible, imported from France, or another good quality country loaf, home made or from a good bakery. Poilane is... View Article

Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

April 18, 2012

A simple pasta dish that I make often and toss with just cherry tomatoes and garlic sauteéd in olive oil while the pasta water is heating up. If you have cherry tomatoes of different colour use them to make a rainbow effect. What could be simpler? Ingredients: 1/2 lb spaghetti 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 basket cherry tomatoes, halved 3 garlic cloves, halved 1/3 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino 1/3 cup basil or parsley, chopped... View Article

Tomatoes

April 17, 2012

Ahhh, tomatoes.  Red and juicy, sweet and plump, tomatoes are the sine qua non of my kitchen. Asked to choose between cream or tomato sauce, tomatoes would lure me every time. Originally named Pomme d’Amour (Love Apple in French) tomatoes have had a love affair with culture and cuisine for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated in Mexico and were taken back to Europe on the explorers ships around the 1500’s. Italy... View Article

Lentil Soup with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

April 13, 2012

A hearty lentil soup is comfort food for anyone with a Mediterranean palate. I make it in many different ways but it’s all variations on the same theme of aromatics (onion, garlic, carrot, celery) sautéed in olive oil and then the lentils are added with stock and cooked until softened. I sometimes add a grain such as rice or barley. Sometimes I add roasted peppers or another vegetable and sometimes I even add thin pasta,... View Article

Potatoes and Tomatoes Gratin

April 3, 2012

Thin layers of starchy potatoes are baked with a layer of sliced tomatoes in the middle. I sprinkle some grated cheese a couple of times as I layer the vegetables and finish with a cup of cream poured over the whole thing. The starchy potatoes absorb the cream and the tomatoes in the middle provide another layer of flavour and texture. I slice the potatoes on a mandolin type gadget (see Kitchen Gear tab), so... View Article