Summer means tomatoes and purple basil

August 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm 4 comments

Summer is the season of glorious fruit and veggies in California – and my favorite time because we love tomatoes most of all. Just a few miles down the freeway, back on a winding road at the foot of the Mesa, is a little wooden stand tucked away behind a gate. It’s kind of a secret place, so I won’t give you exact directions.

But there you can find paper bags of very ripe tomatoes for $3 and little square baskets of plump, firm, perfect ones for $4. I make my own tomato sauce these days. Just chop the super ripe tomatoes in chunks, throw them in a saucepan with some salt and boil until the consistency you want. Soup, sauce or paste. It all depends on the cooking time.

Wanna make a ratatouille? You’ll find everything you need - lavender, round eggplants the size of grapefruits, shiny green bell peppers, juicy white onions with their long bushy stalks. Did I mention ripe peaches with no bruises and sunflowers with four foot stems?

Do you need more to be impressed? You leave your money in a small box with a slat on top. The honor system. A little bit of heaven right here on our tumultuous earth.

This is a Caprese salad I made for lunch today. Tomatoes from the Mesa, fresh mozarella from DePalo & Sons and purple basil from Avila Beach Farmer’s Market. The flavor of the basil is super intense, so I chop and sprinkle rather than put whole leaves like I would with green basil. I know I’ve written about the purple basil and caprese salad before. But can good things be repeated too often?

Caprese Salad with purple basil and my friend Peg’s pink dahlias

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  • 1. Ann Calhoun  |  August 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Feast for the eyes and the tongue. Have you checked out a great food site: http://www.rawfoodbetsy.com She’s into raw foods and is involved with various foodie/information meet ups and etc. She’s giving a talk/demonstration at New Frontiers this Sat 2-4 (need reservations $5 ea at her web site, if it isn’t already filled), so it’s a great way to learn about preparing raw foods, etc. There’s also afree film, raw-food pot-luck Meet Up in Pismo on the first Saturday night of the month. Can find that info on Betsy’s site as well. Check it out.

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  • 2. Sandra Gore  |  August 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I’m into foods of all kinds – raw, boiled, grilled, baked, stewed, steamed, fried – and? Did I leave something out?

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  • 3. Nataly  |  October 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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    • 4. Sandra Gore  |  October 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      You’re sweet. Thanks for the kind words. Forever is a long time – I wish I could just make regular posts a part of my live.

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