Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sounds like a recipe from "Chowder," one of the cartoons my son likes to watch on Cartoon Network (okay, so maybe I enjoy viewing it, too. I guess that's how I know Chowder would have made his out of slomatoes). It's actually a lunch I tossed together over the weekend out of items I purchased at the local farmers market.
To make this silly sounding dish, I sliced some peach and tomato wedges (I was surprised at how much I loved this combination after trying it in this beverage), and tossed them together with some balsamic vinegar, EVOO, sea salt, fresh ground pepper and torn mint leaves. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Due to the simplicity of this dish, it's very important to get the best tasting ingredients possible, and what better way to do that than to buy local. My peaches were picked that very day, and the farmer who sold me the tomatoes (pesticide-free, of course) was able to tell me about all the varieties he had for sale (I was allowed to pick and chose a mix of my favorites, one of them being a peach tomato, which was perfect for this salad).
I've been doing my best to support the local farmers lately. Now, I haven't gone as far as to try a local diet (I could never give up my bananas), but I make an effort to go to the market near my house every week. I even plan to base most of my meals around what is available around here. It's a little difficult, since you never know what you're going to get. It just makes meal planning more interesting.
I hope to make it to the farmers market again tomorrow. I wonder what I'll get? Maybe I'll treat myself with a pesticide-free bouquet of flowers.
Last week, I got this all natural bug repellent. It might not sound like anything special to most people, but take it from someone who gets bit a lot, this spray really is nice.