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summer eats

July 6, 2011

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summer is creeping into my kitchen and showing its face on my counter recently.

+ the heirloom tomatoes are beautiful, but they look better than they tasted. it seems a bit early for summer tomatoes, and i think they need some hot & sunny weather (so do i, but that’s another story).

+ the french white peaches are from leila’s shop. they were incredible – a ripe peach in the summer is one of my favorite things. i like to eat them with a hunk of good sourdough bread (ideally from st. john bakery) and a soft, mild goat’s cheese.

+ growing mint & basil on my windowsill, adding both to farro salads and cooked beans with good olive oil & lemon.

+ quite possibly the most beautiful strawberries i’ve ever seen, from fern varrow. the photos don’t do them justice – they were bright red all the way through, fragrant, and delicious. i’ve talked about my strawberry obsession here before, and i only wish the season was longer. i ate these just as you see them, by the handful. they didn’t need any sugar and they were too perfect to be cooked.

+ i’ve had some unfortunately tart strawberries this season, too – so i like to macerate them with a bit of sugar and a few splashes of good sherry vinegar. after watching hugh fearnley-whittingstall prepare eggy bread with strawberries on the river cottage, i’ve been following his lead this summer.  (eggy bread is basically the english name for french toast … you know, just like a jumper is a sweater, and a lift is an elevator).  top your eggy bread with those macerated strawberries & their syrup. hot black coffee on the side. that’s the good stuff.

  1. July 6, 2011 12:12 pm

    Although the food looks good your photos of them are very artistic as well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. July 6, 2011 12:36 pm

    i love poaching peaches in bourbon, then serving them with ricotta. must try with goat’s cheese.

    this is all pretty great, brian.

  3. July 6, 2011 12:51 pm

    balsamic strawberries over arugula with toasted almonds. throw in some of that goat cheese, too.

    my favorite.

  4. July 6, 2011 1:18 pm

    you had me with the peach and goat cheese…. I think I know what I’m having for lunch today. :)

  5. July 6, 2011 3:12 pm

    Suddenly my blueberry smoothie seems like a lame breakfast. Eggy bread with strawberries, huh? Gotta give that a try. The Louisiana strawberries are big and sweet right now. Peaches here are passable, and the tomatoes…Creole tomatoes are beyond delicious. My goodness, summer really does bring wonderfully satisfying things to eat. Thanx as always for the lovely photos.

  6. July 6, 2011 3:51 pm

    i’m currently obsessed with the coeur de boeuf tomatoes we’re getting in the markets here.
    the third shot is glorious!

  7. July 6, 2011 4:43 pm

    mmmh. this is such a good post – and i love the way you eat peaches. i have to try that really soon, but i haven’t found any good ones by now.

  8. July 6, 2011 5:25 pm

    ok, am now equally hungry and inspired to take photos of things in my kitchen. i think ‘hungry’ is going to win!

  9. July 6, 2011 5:58 pm

    I agree that there’s nothing better than a ripe peach, juices drizzling down your chin. Love that shot of the peach, plus the one of your little window garden.

  10. July 6, 2011 8:24 pm

    Ahh, summer. I just had my first decent tomato a few days ago. Decent, meaning that it was voluptuous and flavorful enough for me to eat the entire fist-sized beauty for a midnight snack with fresh ricotta, salt, and pepper. Decent, meaning it was good enough for me to eat like this, even though I bought the tomato for a party the next day. Oops. These things happen in the summertime.

  11. July 7, 2011 2:26 am

    that eggy bread sounds wonderful. it has been a while since i’ve had french toast. i need to have some with strawberries! i usually do mine with balsamic vinegar, mint, and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

  12. July 7, 2011 9:58 am

    Summer produce is a wonderful thing. And pictures like these makes me wish I had a garden (or even a balcony) to grow something on.

  13. July 16, 2011 11:16 pm

    everything sounds & looks delicious!

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