You know how sometimes (and for us, especially in the summer) you just throw together whatever for supper? It happens here because we choose to stay outside mowing, weeding, tending sheep, on and on and on.......until suddenly it's dark, nearly 10 pm and we're starved.Not tonight! I've been thinking about tonight's supper for days now and have happily spent the last little bit preparing (boy, will Mike be surprised to have food actually waiting for him!). This salad is a summertime treat. Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil splashed with some good olive oil and really good balsamic vinegar. I've been rationing the balsamic vinegar you see drizzled across the tomatoes and cheese. A friend brought it back from her trip to Italy a few months ago and it is unbelievably good. I have never seen anything like it for sale here. It is thick and sweet and makes everything you put it on taste better. After the picture was taken , I added some regular balsamic to the dish because you want the mozzarella to soak it up so that it looks like brown bread. Add a little salt and pepper and you're done. Along with the salad, we're having crab cakes, fresh corn and a good French baguette.
I recently finished reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:A Year of Food Life and really enjoyed reading about her family's experience. I would like to say I could eat only local for a year, but I don't think I'm there yet. Reading that book did inspire me to put out a rather large garden this year and I'm hoping to grow plenty of fresh vegetables for eating now and preserving for the winter. These tomatoes aren't from my garden (how I wish), but very soon they will be. Here's what the tomatoes in my garden look like today. It won't be long.