The First Tomato of the Season


I picked my first tomato off my tomato plant today.  It felt a little soft and it certainly smelled ripe.  I was a bit unsure because it was so small, but I guess the Black Prince variety of tomatoes can run on the smaller side.  It was juicy, savory, and not really that sweet.  The skin was thicker than I expected, but the inside was delicious.

I hope my little tomato plant produces a lot more!

Dinner: Tomato Salad with Bread

Dinner: Tomato and Bread salad

The BF wanted something refreshing today because of the heat wave. I wanted him to use up the tons of tomatoes we got from the farmer’s market. We were both happy with the way the tomato salad turned out. The best part was that we didn’t have to buy anything new to make dinner!

Ingredients of the tomato salad: chopped tomato, torn up basil (from my plant), a cubed cucumber (we found it in the fridge and it was still good!), olives (leftover from olive tapenade this weekend), chopped red onion (also from this weekend), torn up pieces of stale bread (I baked bread last night), and a dollop of plain yogurt for me. It was seasoned with a simple vinaigrette and za’atar I keep around in the fridge.

Dinner: Garlic Soup and Tomato Salad

Dinner: Farmer's Market FindsI woke up early this morning to go to the Santa Monica Famer’s Market. I’d been meaning to go to the Wednesday ones, but since it’s only from 8:30am to 1:30pm and I usually work on Wednesday, it means I have to wake up extra early to go. It was actually pretty nice to get up early and go to the farmer’s market — the weather was great and it was by the beach, so the air wasn’t too bad either.
Dinner: Farmer's Market Finds
I mainly wanted to get tomatoes for dinner. I guess it’s a late tomato season this year because while the tomatoes were okay, only the red ones were really good and ripe. Either way, the fresh burrata from Gioia (some cheese place in El Monte) was fantastic on the salad.
Dinner: Farmer's Market Finds
I also made French Roasted Garlic Soup with the four heads of garlic. The soup was rich and delicious, but definitely not for people who are wishy-washy about garlic. I found that adding a splash of rice vinegar to the soup at the end, even though it’s not in the recipe, brightens up the soup and cuts down on the overpowering richness of the garlic.