Friday, August 3, 2007

Too many tomatoes? Never.

My tomato plants are growing like weeds this year. The yellow pear is threatening to take over the entire garden. This is in stark contrast to last year, when things rotted before they ever ripened.

The tomatoes in the small bowl on the right are grape tomatoes. They are enormous -practically the size of plum tomatoes. I have not added anything to the soil except water and some leftover potting soil.



I sliced up a bunch of these, added these lovely balls of fresh mozzarella, a minced shallot, olive oil, a few drops of balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.



I tossed in some basil right before the pasta finished cooking. This is my absolute favorite pasta, this organic egg pasta from Italy.



I grated Parmesan over this pile. I was unable to resist so did not photograph this final stage. Bliss.

12 comments:

Cath said...

Our outside tomatoes are rotting because of all the rain we've had. Luckily, the ones in the greenhouse are doing really well and we should get a good crop. I'm fascinated by your yellow pear tomatoes - I've never seen anything like those before. Do they have a good flavour?

Carrie K said...

I am so jealous. Ours are finally turning red after I thought they were going to be a deadloss.

Garden tomatos make everything taste wonderful.

Lazy cow said...

That is my favourite salad, ever, even without chucking it through pasta. It's the best thing about summer!
So glad you are OK after the bridge collaps. I didn't even realise you lived in Minnesota.

Robin said...

Tomatoes are my favorite food, and this post was absolutely mouth watering! Yum!

Karen said...

The best sort of food for this time of year!

Tara said...

Cath, I'm glad to hear you will have *some* tomatoes this year, I have experienced the same problems with the rain. The yellow pear tomatoes are good- but I have to say I like the flavor of the red ones much more, they are so much more earthy, the word heady keeps coming to mind. I do like being able to mix them together, though, I think that is the best part.

Carrie K, garden tomatoes are wonderful, aren't they. Completely different than the grocery store variety.

Lazy cow, I do love it without the pasta too - or spooned on top of crusty bread, yum.

Robin, thank you!

Karen, I agree!

Bookfool said...

Our tomatoes are just hanging there in some weird form of stasis - not growing at all, or at least not enough to see a change over the last few weeks.

I've never heard of yellow pear tomatoes. The salad looks terrific.

Gentle Reader said...

That looks fabulous. I love pappardelle, yum! Our cherry tomatoes are doing well this year, and I have enough on the vine right now to make this dish, so I might just copy you! I didn't grow yellow pears this year, but have in years past, and they nearly took over my garden, too.

nutmeg said...

I was going to write that that would be absolutely fantastic with some crusty bread but you beat me to it!

A little thought kept scratching away at my brain when I read about the bridge collapse. I now know why! Glad to read you are OK - what a very sad thing to have happened in/to your city.

Tara said...

Bookfool, you tomatoes sound like mine last summer. They grew and just stayed green then mostly rotted.

Gentle reader, I love pappardelle too; it's often easier for my little one to eat some sort of pasta 'shape' but sometimes I just have to have these lovely long noodles. I have heard from someone else about their yellow pear plant growing wildly - they must be hearty.

Nutmeg - great minds think alike (about the bread!)

Lesley said...

Oh.My.God. That looks delicious! I love tomato and fresh mozzarella together.

Cath said...

Okay, well I have to stand corrected about the pear shaped tomatoes. Jamie Oliver has a new cookery show on TV and he was in his garden doing a show about tomatoes. And there they were - pear shaped yellow ones. He did a similar salad to yours and also a lovely recipe where he roasted all different kinds and then put sausages in among them to roast as well. He also made a rather refreshing consomme. Think I might have to get the book if there is one...