Tomatoes and basil need no introductions but with the current weather a rich and creamy tomato basil soup may be in order. Or taste the sunshine in a tomato salad and imagine you are on holiday (or still there if you’ve been and back).
Go classic Italian by arranging sliced mozzarella or baby boccocinis and tomato wedges on a serving dish before topping with torn basil leaves. Drizzle with the best olive oil and balsamic vinegar (if you like) you can afford and grind a few twists of salt and pepper to finish.
Or skip the cheese, with some minced garlic and red wine vinegar instead of balsamic, to keep it fresh. Or simplify even further and just add some salt to chopped tomatoes and basil leaves to really bring out the flavour. Leave for a few hours to let the flavours really develop.
And continuing with our Greek theme from last week why not try a classic Greek salad? Even in restaurants, the Greeks serve their salad very simply, scattered with dried oregano, but often without any salt (since the saltiness comes from the feta which is often served as a whole slab), leaving it to you to dress to your heart’s content. Definitely drizzle with olive oil, maybe some vinegar or lemon juice if you like. Peppers are optional but without sliced red onions and olives it would be feeling a little naked. You could even top with sheep/goat’s cheese instead of feta like how they use mizithra on Crete.
We also have French beans which we haven’t had in a long so why not go French with a tuna nicoise salad. Or french beans with almond pesto as a lovely side. If making your own pesto sounds too ambitious then simply toss with some store-bought pesto. Just top and tail green beans and cook in boiling water until crisp tender, for about about 3 minutes (or microwave for 1-2 minutes) before dressing with pesto.
For more ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs!
This Week’s Bounty
* Linda Potatoes, Perry Court
* Tomatoes, Perry Court
* Basil, Kent
* Courgettes, Perry Court
* Carrots Bunch, Norfolk
Spinach, Perry Court
Mini Cucumber, Perry Court
French Beans, Perry Court
Broad Beans, Lancs
Bananas, Dom Rep (standard only)