So often I read elaborate recipes for using the bounties of Umbria’s summer fruit and vegetables.
It baffles me to think that any recipe could be better than the simple pleasure of sun-ripened, daily-picked, sun- ripened fruit
at its succulent, juiciest best!
It so often seems to me that elaborate concoctions adulterate the perfect, delicious fruit rather than enhance it. Have we moved so far from the enjoyment of simple real food? Summer is the time to keep to the basics…when less is truly more!
this morning’s pick for a cherry tomato pappa al pomodoro with yesterday’s stale/crusty bread – heavenly sweet!
steamed freshly-picked string beans with garlic, cherry tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil – thinly sliced just-picked zucchini grilled quickly only two minutes on one side, dressed with the purest organic extra virgin olive oil and herbs picked from the garden
freshly picked, un-peeled figs with freshly-sliced prosciutto
a simple vase with a rose or two from the garden. Nothing elaborate…simply perfect!