Have you all been swooning over these summer tomatoes as much as I have? I’m not going to say there is nothing better than a perfect summer tomato, because you already know that, not to mention that the phrase is overused and eye-roll worthy. And in reality, there really is nothing better than the perfect summer _____ (fill in any vegetable or fruit).
Walk into our kitchen and you’ll see mounds of fruit peeking out over the tops of bowls, tomatoes rolling around the counters, vegetables jamming up our refrigerator drawers, and cutting boards dripping with freshly cut fruit and vegetable juice. Oh, it is so good!
Between our overflowing vegetable garden and the farmers market, we are all happy as clams. Don’t miss out on all of these fresh ingredients. I have recently become really enthusiastic and inspired to eat seasonally. I love my meals being dictated by what the earth is providing RIGHT NOW. It has been a real shift in thinking. As a result, eating and meal planning are much more enjoyable (and they were pretty darn good before). It is like the childhood experience of Christmas over and over agin. What do we get to make today? In addition to all this, it is such a joy participating in the community of farmers and local entrepreneurs. It is all just so wonderful. So get out there and get some if you haven’t found your way to your local farm stand/market. Or get your hands in the dirt and start your own garden. This is our first year growing our own vegetables and we are already planning on expanding for next year. It seemed overwhelming before we started, but once you get going you start to get a feel for how things should look, feel, etc…
I don’t like complication. I like simplicity and letting things be what they are. Both with food and people. In my kitchen you are not going to find fancy sauces or dishes with long ingredient lists. This is especially true in the summer when I want the pure taste of what I’ve harvested to sing out. See also my beans on toast post for simple eating with fresh ingredients.
This ode to tomatoes is a nod to simplicity and letting great ingredients take over your senses. I questioned whether to share this recipe, because it is not really a recipe, but I find minimal, inspiring. Hopefully you all do too. My No-Knead Bread is the perfect pairing with these tomatoes.
And these tomatoes! This is my lunch for the next 6-7 weeks.
Get out there and get your tomato on!
- Fresh local tomatoes, any size and variety will work, the more different colors and varieties the better
- Fresh-from-the-oven No Knead Bread sliced
- Vegenaise (or your favorite high quality mayonnaise)
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
- Slice tomatoes.
- Sprinkle with sea salt (and pepper if you like; I love it with just salt). Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Toast a slice of freshly baked crusty-style bread until it is nice and crunchy.
- Slather toast with Vegenaise, don't skimp on the Vegenaise.
- Layer on your tomatoes.
That fancy bread slicing GIF above is thanks to Dana over at Minimalist Baker. Thanks, Dana for all of your technical resources!
As always, I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe and simplistic, minimal-ingredient-style eating in general. Either post a comment, send me an email, or post your tomato photos to Instagram, tag them #thescratchartist