When the movie Fried Green Tomatoes came out 1992 I was fascinated by its name and the thought of how that dish would actually taste, and why green tomatoes in the first place. For the young northern European ears and mind, it just sounded like something very exotic.
Well, all these years have passed, and even though I went to college in the States, and lived there for several years, I never ate fried green tomatoes - before this summer! Oh, and I loved them, the taste, the texture, all of it!
We served them on the side of a well-marinated beef, and it was a lovely meal, indeed. The fact that the tomatoes came from the home garden made the meal even more special and tasty, in my opinion.
I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer with some home-grown produce.
Till next time
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
I swear, food never tastes as good as when the ingredients are straight from a garden and you prepare the meal with your friends then leisurely enjoy it on a hot summer evening while watching a sunset over the water...
Last summer I enjoyed the harvest from my own little cherry tomato plant on my deep kitchen windowsill that was gifting me with eight harvests with the sweetest, sun riped tomatoes I have ever had. This summer I got the opportunity to visit friends who have a vegetable garden and the products were plentiful and so, so tasty!
And as the temperature was going up to the point of being uncomfortable at times, to prepare ice cold Gazpacho using mostly just ingredients from the garden, that was a treat!
The Gazpacho Soup Recipe
I'm back! What a wonderful and inspirational vacation I had, I can't wait to share with you some of the new recipes I tried while vacationing and visiting friends! Such tasty food with great flavors, cooking with friends, and having a lovely time - what could beat that?! Nothing, in my book...
Sometimes the ambiance is what makes the meal to stand out by intensifing the flavors, and puts you in the mood to relax and enjoy the treats about to be served for you.
This meal, as you can see, was served at the perfect spot, on a beautiful summer evening, with dear friends around the table. What fun it was to prep for the cooking and then set to go with everyone around and having a great time.
Usually, when I cook I am alone in the kitchen, in charge of the whole process from food prep to pictures and clean up, yet this time I had @focusbykenneth with his talent and camera for some of the pictures, and I am super thankful for him letting me share his pictures with you! Go check out his Instagram account for pictures around the world with inspiration to see #beautyintheworld
For the meal itself, I made the Parmesan crusted deep fried Brussel sprouts that I have shared with you before. Just click here to get the recipe.
With the Brussel sprouts, my friend grilled this amazing marinated salmon that was the perfect companion to the Brussel sprouts. I am so glad I can share this recipe with you today.
For the desserts, we had a selection of Whole Food's petit fours.
So fun to taste bites of all the different sweet flavors and succulent textures!
It is so good to start the fourth year of Books & Spoons, and Spoons in particular, with such a fun, joy filled, warm memories of this unforgettable evening! Much more to come, so stay tuned through the seasons to come.
Till next time