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One favorite summer lunch [Jun. 21st, 2009|02:00 pm]
e_moon60
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There are many good ways to eat a tomato out of the garden, but this is one of my favorites, that was lunch today:

Cottage cheese

One fresh tomato, chopped so that two pieces are a nice mouthful with cottage cheese.

Salt, medium or coarse-ground black pepper.

I'd have added some chopped green pepper, maybe some chopped celery, and a little parsley if I'd had any of these, but the tomato and cottage cheese together are great.  I like the creaminess of the cottage cheese against the fresh bite of the tomato.

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[User Picture]From: mevennen
2009-06-21 07:17 pm (UTC)
How nice! We have no tomatoes as yet, but I had a (bought) salad today of young broad (fava) beans, feta cheese, black olives and dill, which was very nice.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 03:03 am (UTC)
Black olives are always a nice addition to a salad. Unfortunately, as with the other things I mentioned, we had none and I didn't feel like driving 20 miles to get some. (Lazy, me. Did make bread in the afternoon, though.)
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2009-06-21 08:27 pm (UTC)
That sounds delicious.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 03:03 am (UTC)
It was...
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[User Picture]From: silverbackbutch
2009-06-21 08:48 pm (UTC)
I've been eating tomato sandwiches on homemade bread with basil from the pot on the front porch. Just a little salt & pepper.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 03:06 am (UTC)
I'm not as fond of tomato on bread...not sure why, maybe because it makes the bread soggy, or the flavors just don't work as well for me. But there are so many ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes...I really need to pick up a jalapeno tomorrow and some other salsa ingredients...and the black olives that mevennen mentioned...

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 03:20 am (UTC)
I did make bread this afternoon, after some months of not. I can't find my cookbook, so had to do the recipe I know by heart.

Times I wonder why I don't just give up and make it all the time...the house smells good while it rises and while it bakes, and I love the stuff.

Just not with tomatoes.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-06-22 05:04 am (UTC)
I like them with fresh mozzarella. Aw, now I want some fresh tomato.
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[User Picture]From: ladymurmur
2009-06-22 02:55 pm (UTC)
My grandmother used to pick tomatoes from the garden, and serve them sliced, still warm from the sum, with fresh cream and sugar.

Many think this odd, I know - but a tomato is a berry, after all. I've not had this treat in a long time, but it is still the taste of summer for me.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'll bet that is good. Homegrown tomatoes are often more acidic (as well as flavorful) so the sugar would add just that touch of softening to the sharp flavor. (Thinks...hmmm...can't get fresh cream here, but maybe boughten cream would do... or even sugar on the cottage cheese with the tomato...)
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[User Picture]From: ladymurmur
2009-06-22 09:36 pm (UTC)
I have used both store-bought cream and half-and-half in the past with good success. It is the fresh tomato, I believe, that is most important.
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[User Picture]From: dressagegrrrl
2009-06-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
That just made my mouth water!!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 03:05 pm (UTC)
Despite the heat, the drought, the water restrictions...the scanty garden we've had this year rekindled my desire to keep gardening. The green beans, the tomatoes, the corn (brief and small crop but oh, boy, delicious).

I love your icon, BTW.
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[User Picture]From: dressagegrrrl
2009-06-22 03:10 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks. It's my girl - Cayenne.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 05:03 pm (UTC)
Is the one on this message also you and Cayenne? I'm having fat-old-lady envy.
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[User Picture]From: dressagegrrrl
2009-06-22 05:19 pm (UTC)
Is the one on this message also you and Cayenne? I'm having fat-old-lady envy.

Awww, hush now.

Yep, it's me and Annie. She's getting older now, and after eighteen years of racing, cross-country, and three-day eventing, she and I have retired to pleasure riding and dressage. (I call it pleasuressage!) She's safely ferrying my 13 year old niece around to all the yiddle baby shows in the area.

You have two horses, don't you? You don't ride anymore?

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-22 06:35 pm (UTC)
Not now, no, though it grieves me to admit it. Illusion is no longer really safe to ride except at his doggy slow walk...at least not for me...since his poisoning incident. I believe it affected his brain, but I'm not willing to risk hitting the ground hard anymore. The last time he bucked me off with no prior warning that he was going to go ballistic, I said that was it. I don't trust him, and I break more easily than I used to.

I gave up lessons at a good stable to save up for and buy Mac, who was lame so often those first years, and my travel schedule was so hectic, that I never got him retrained to be pleasant to ride, either. His feet are better now, and I'm tempted to try again, but...he needs someone who can be consistent, day after day, for at least 90 days to get him back to any kind of pleasant riding experience. Between my deadlines and my business travel, there has not been 90 days in the last ten years that I could work a horse every day. Nor has the weight gain helped. Nor has having no one to spot for me here.

So at the moment, and for the past 2-3 years, I've been grounded and unhappy about it. But other stuff has to be done--there's no alternative--so...that's how it is.


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[User Picture]From: serenadefarm_05
2009-06-24 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oddly, you've made this old fat lady horse-owner feel better. I've been feeling guilty for not riding our three in over a year, and for pretty much the same reasons you mention: not feeling safe, not having time to retrain, having aging brittle bones. We've talked about selling the horses, but we are so emotionally connected to them we can't quite get there--yet. But I have such joyful memories of good rides and good times with them that it's hard to regret it all very much.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-06-24 03:06 pm (UTC)
I promised Illusion a home for life, and he'll have it--I would never sell him (and in today's economic situation, selling either of my guys would be selling them to slaughter for human consumption, because I could not trust that the buyer would, in fact, keep them. Too many horses that were sold with the understanding they'd have a good home have ended up jammed in a truck on the way to Canada or Mexico...and my feeling is, if the Europeans and Japanese want to eat horseflesh, let them raise their own.)

Anyway...sympathies. What we need, we heavy old ladies with horses who've quit riding, is a traveling riding instructor who will come to our own place and watch us ride for an hour. People who want to haul could come there (I don't--in fact, my farrier now has my trailer; he needed one and I wasn't using mine.)
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[User Picture]From: serenadefarm_05
2009-06-24 01:16 pm (UTC)
Fresh sliced tomato from the garden, with just a bit of olive oil drizzled over, coarse sea salt, and fresh chopped basil. OR goat cheese and basil. But my husband eats them with sugar.
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