So it happened again.
I know I have mentioned that I set aside an hour on Saturday mornings to sit down and not only listen to, but thoroughly enjoy Evan Kleiman’s KCRW radio show Good Food.
I’ve also said before that I am always surprised how she seems to know just what’s been on my mind culinarily speaking.
Itâ€™s Monday. Time for a little more tomato love. Of course I mean TomatoMania.
The tomato plants at my house are really picking up the pace.
Plus I went to the Hollywood Farmers Market yesterday and saw a lot of spectacular specimens. Naturally I even picked up a few.
If you have been following Sup! lately then you may know I broke my jaw and am on a liquid diet. Which has made for a week of interesting soups including: Leek and Potato, Poblano and even a dessert version, Plum Soup with Tarragon and Blackberries.
Today being a Maniac Monday I think it is high time I made another of the TomatoMania contest winning recipes. After all we are smack dab in the heart of tomato season. I have great tomatoes I picked up yesterday and even quite a few home grown tomatoes too.
But with my jaw wired shut there are limitations to what I can eat. Never fear. One of the winning recipes is a perfect choice for the season, for the weather and for my â€œsituationâ€.
Thatâ€™s right gazpacho. More precisely Nate and Annieâ€™s (from House of Annie) Lazy Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber and Red Bell Pepper Garnish.
Don’t you dare feel sorry for me!
I think I’ll get t-shirt proclaiming that exact sentiment.
Sure I broke my jaw. Sure my mouth is wired shut. Sure I can’t eat “real” food. And yes it is true that eating is a recreational activity to me. And it’s also true that my days stretch out long, dull and formless now that my muse has flown the coop.
But you really, gotta draw the line somewhere. Here is what I mean:
We are going to the Hollywood Bowl tomorrow with friends to see Ray LaMontagne – that folk, soul, rock genius from Maine! I predict a very special evening.
We have a tradition at the bowl. A long and glorious tradition. I make the dinner and whomever we invite to share our box with us brings wine and dessert.
All of our friends know these “rules”.