Save the Tomatoes: Inspire Me to Eat Them!
I think this may be it. The tables at the farmer’s markets have been buckling under the weight of winter squash and pumpkins, apples, potatoes and dried beans, while summer’s fruits have become scarcer and scarcer each week. It’s the natural ebb of things of course and I can’t be sad about it (well, maybe a little). I’m ready for the turning inward that all this end-of-season produce signifies.
But I did snag two beautiful tomatoes at the market this week, and suddenly it feels like a lot of pressure. I don’t expect there will be any more after this, and so I fret. How, oh how, do I use the last two tomatoes of the season? What could happen is that I won’t.
See, you should know this about me: I’m the sort who lets the beetroots wilt, the piment d’espelette dry out and lose its flavor and the pricey boquerones go way, way past their use-by date. Why? Because if I eat them then they’ll be all gone, and I can’t stand that.
I didn’t say it was reasonable. Anyway, please don’t let me do that with these two gorgeous, fully ripe tomatoes. I want to use them well. I want to celebrate them. I desperately need your inspired help.
The Cookbook Giveway:
I have a copy of In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite to send to the person who posts the idea that convinces me to sink the knife in. (If you didn’t catch my review of the book, here it is again). Leave me a comment with your brilliant idea. What’s the perfect last tomato supper?
This won’t be a random drawing from comments though; it will be an utterly subjective choice, based on which recipe/dish sounds good to me. Just remember when you make your suggestions that we don’t eat meat (but we are pescetarian so fish is fair game).
I’d guess that these tomatoes have two more really good days, so let’s say that your suggestions have to be made by Saturday morning (Oct. 16) at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time. So tell me, what would you do? What’s a great dish that will bring out the flavor of the last two tomatoes of the season? Inspire me. And, as I say to my students, bonus points for amusing me.