A few years ago, I discovered that when it’s tomato season, eat them! Particularly heirlooms in August and September. I am a little bit picky about eating a fruit or vegetable that is marred in any way. I’ve actually spent most of my life steering away from fresh tomatoes as, often, I found them to be mealy or tasteless, unless cooked down into my Mom’s fabulous pasta sauce (the best mmm) or slow roasted in a low oven. My father did not enjoy fresh tomatoes…he preferred them cooked…(and here we are from an Italian household :-). But that’s because we did not have accessibility to the gorgeous varieties now found at our farmer’s markets, healthy food stores, and from discerning restauranteurs ….
I just love quality ingredients and foods that burst with flavor without being manipulated too much. I haven’t posted much lately because I have been struggling with figuring out just what is o.k. for me to eat (needing to identify ingredients that won’t make my glucose levels spike up). It’s been a frustrating time for me working through which foods work and which don’t for me …and being a professed foodaholic, I’ve been a little down about some necessary restrictions (but more about that on another post)…in the meantime, I have been ordering and preparing fresh, heirloom and dry farmed (from Whole Foods) tomato salads … often…almost daily.
Below are a few photos of my favorites.
Thus far, these have been my favorite tomato dishes of this season (although I’ve made a few of my own at home that rival them…
One thing I did notice this week in checking my glucose levels after consuming huge slices of heirloom tomatoes on a slice of artisan bread I got from the farmer’s market…my numbers did jump up a good bit…guess I need to remember that “tomatoes ARE a fruit” and higher in sugars that other veggies…oh well, they are still good for me…moderation may be in order going forward though. I’ll wash them down with a lovely cup of whole leaf oolong…which is very good for me anytime 🙂
Drink tea…it’s good for you!