vegetables on bread

bruschettaThis is obviously from a few month ago when the farmers market was in full swing and I was always buying too much wonderful produce and then trying to decide what to do with it. I would often settle for an easy classic, vegetables in vinaigrette on garlic toast otherwise known as bruschetta. Usually considered an appetizer, but to me it is jut an open-faced sandwich.

The top picture is good old heirloom tomatoes with balsamic and basil. The second was a little more interesting,  marinated grilled eggplant, it sounds odd but was really very good. I especially liked it with my homemade labneh (Greek yogurt left to drain until it is the approximate consistency of cream cheese) to cut the acidity of the vinaigrette a little.

grilled fennel salad

I think I have suggested that everything can, and should, be grilled. Let me add  on to that; you should grill sliced fennel and eat it on a salad with pistachios and goat cheese. (and some fresh dill and watercress)

I will say that I lost a number a small pieces of fennel into the bottom of the grill, even with my cast iron grates that have pretty narrow gaps. They were kind of baby fennel bulbs this time and it would probably work better those  giant mutant bulbs….you know the ones that are the size of a small acorn squash. (craziness)

I did not toast my pistachios…okay let me rephrase. I burnt some pistachios. Then I gave up and ate my salad with some non-toasted  ones.  It was delicious and I always burn nuts when I try to toast them…I get distracted.

Tune in soon for another salad with pistachios and goat cheese. I’m sensing a trend coming on…

fresh pea soup

Lunch**

**Foamy Garden Pea Soup with Basil and Avocado Cream This links to what is exactly the same recipe I used but with fava beans instead of peas.  I used fresh English peas. I also used sour cream because the store was out of creme fraiche and I did not have the time/inclination to make any. I just wanted my lunch because it was 2:00pm already and I was hungry. The smoked salmon went well with it.