The Bounty and Beauty of Our Very Own Organically Grown Fruit and Vegetables
With a first strong espresso in hand, making the morning rounds in our gardens both here at home and at Genius Loci is one of my biggest daily pleasures. Seemingly overnight, fruits have ripened and vegetables are at their prime, aching to be picked and transformed into delicious summer dishes. Cooking for the day is dictated by what is available, freshest, at its best.
a heavenly scented gardenia graces the pick of the morning
an amazing palette of colors of succulent fruit from the garden
ripe, bountiful, beautiful, thin-skinned tomatoes from this morning, ready to be made into pappa al pomodoro – one of my summer favorites
the non-recipe for pappa al pomodoro
Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain, cool and remove the skins – chop tomatoes coarsely and set aside
In a heavy bottomed pot, place 6 skinned large cloves of garlic in an ample amount of EVO (extra virgin olive oil) and warm together. Don’t brown or burn the garlic. Add the coarsely chopped tomatoes, stir well and simmer on LOW heat for about an hour. Salt and pepper to taste. Half way through the hour, add entire tips/branches of freshly picked (don’t cut the leaves) basil. While the pappa is cooking, toast well several slices of Italian crusty bread, rub it with garlic cloves, salt lightly and drizzle olive oil. Set aside. Just before serving the pappa, remove the basil and break the toasted slices of bread into large pieces and add to the pappa – stir well. Serve hot or warm.