Saturday Slow Food Bloomington and the Parks and Rec Dept. sponsored an heirloom tomato tasting at the Market
and it was a sight to behold. A constant
line of people patiently snaked its way to tables laden with every color and
size of tomatoes, waiting to savor their different flavors, acid sharp and
sugar sweet. Aunt Ruby’s German Green,
Persimmon, Peach, Green Zebra, Brandywine – all my favorites were there, and I
brought home as many as I could carry.
we’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes this week. Here are some highlights:
fabulous was something I didn’t cook, but wish I had. Pastry chef Krissy Tallent at Restaurant
Tallent outdid herself with a tomato napoleon – layers of flakey filo dough
dusted with basil sugar, layered with tomatoes the color of sunset and basil
semifreddo, and topped with a rosy tomato sorbet. I can’t even begin to describe the interplay
of flavor and texture. Just get yourself
to Tallent before the menu changes again and try it for yourself. If I can get her to let me take a picture,
I’ll post one.
with an uncooked sauce of chopped heirlooms and salt, pepper, olive oil and a
touch of sweet chardonnay vinegar. So
simple, so sweet, so drop dead gorgeous.
tomato and eggplant pizza. Just heirloom
tomatoes and grilled eggplant, and mozzarella — everything drizzled with some
good olive oil with basil and chopped garlic, and baked into a bubbling pizza
am eating my fill now. Knowing that the all too short season is almost over
makes the remaining days of tomato indulgence all the more sweet.
those of you who have asked after Zoë, she continues to defy the expectations
of veterinary science. We made a tomato
pizza for lunch today and she ate ALL my crusts, bless her heart.