I'm cooking up a storm today...
These juicy Heirloom Tomatoes are just begging to be eaten.
The Farmer's Markets are teeming with them so how could I resist?
Now what to make with them?
A simple salad or sandwich?
Do you remember my post about the Lion heart tomatoes from the Market in the South of France near Auvillar ?
We made a simple yet delicious lunch of sliced tomatoes served with a fresh brioche....
a little butter and sea salt elevated their taste to...
(remember that scene in the deli of Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally?)
We served them with a chilled glass of Rose.
Food can transport us back in time when we
remember the smells and the flavours.
Red luscious and delicious.
The recipe that inspired me to get cooking today was found in Monet's Palate Cookbook.
The book showcases Monet's Vegetable Garden at Giverny
recipes that use the food and ingredients grown in his French Potager.
With all the red images it's time for a bit of green...
Le Coq towel from France...reminds me everyday of my trip.
The pasta pot with a built in colander is heating up while the tomatoes are roasting.
Halved tomatoes tossed in olive oil, with minced garlic and salt and pepper.
Roast for an hour at 275 or until softened.
Top with oregano, anchovies, and capers, drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Roast another 10 minutes...
enjoy the aroma that is filling the kitchen!
You'll need oregano, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, pasta, olive oil, butter, capers, balsamic vinegar and anchovies.
Once the tomatoes are done your pasta should be cooked al dente...
toss in 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, a small handful of torn basil leaves, salt and pepper to taste.
When the butter has melted add in the tomatoes and mix together...
the fragrance is out of this world.
Wear an apron and comfy shoes
(or in my case ~ Lands' End slippers)
it took me awhile to go through the steps of this recipe and dinner was later than usual but it was so worth the effort!
Pour a glass of red wine
place the pasta in a bowl
grab a spoon and a fork and twirl away to your hearts content...
savour each delectable morsel of flavour.
serve with garlic bread to sop up the juices
"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."
~ Claude Monet ~
"Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food.
Cooking at home shows such affection.
In a bad economy, it's more important to make yourself feel good."
~ Ina Garten ~