Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Short Walk to the Tomato

When Marion and I returned from our journey to Danville, we were both pooped. It had been a long couple of days and nourishment, rudely ignored, was not a priority. Neither of us really felt like cooking and yet, we were both in need of just a little something to hold us over until morning's breakfast. Marion decided to retire to her room to slip into something a bit more comfortable while I strolled into the garden to see what damage, if any, had been done in our absence. Thankfully, "everyone" seemed to be holding their own. The Nasturtiums, my faithful greeters didn't let me down.

The Gladiola's were glad to see me as were the gallant Dahlias. We've recently spied a hummingbird in the garden which makes me think I'm not the only visitor they welcome. (my hummingbird pictures are still under construction:)

As I meandered by my Mammoth Sunflower, I offered a smiling gaze to my new BFF, Gazania (best friend flower) and quickly spied the one and only vegetable plant in the garden this year; the Beefsteak Tomato, fruited and waiting to be plucked. That's it I thought, dinner!

I ran in the house to fetch Marion. She just had to be there to celebrate our first tomato. Marion hasn't been feeling well the last couple of weeks but our trip to Danville reassured us that she will be as fit as a fiddle in no time. I convinced her to make the journey to the lonely tomato plant and although she was a bit camera shy for the occasion, the smile on her face was all I needed to pluck that baby!!!

I considered saving this picture for next month because as we all know, August is Goat Cheese Month but it was just too bright and fresh to let get "stale." I found the inspiration for this recipe over at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. Reeni prepared her Fried Goat Cheese Salad with a Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. Marion can't eat anything that contains seeds so I simply prepared the Fried Goat Cheese and layered it on top of crisp iceberg lettuce (a personal favorite of Marion's) and a healthy slice of our garden tomato. A quick spray of balsamic vinegar, a few crumbles of Greek basil (I always plant basil with tomatoes:) and we were set. Not as pretty as Reeni's but oh so delicious and, it hit the spot!

The Rest of the Week

Courage is grace under pressure.
Ernest Hemingway

July 21st

July 21st is *National Junk Food Day! Whether you agree or not, there's just no denying it, everyone I know has at least one "naughty" food they crave. What's yours?

It's National Lamington Cake Day in Australia! What? You've never heard of Lamingtons? Quite honestly, neither had I until I happened upon the recipe in Cakes published by The Reader's Digest Association. It's a great big book with gorgeous pictures of every kind of cake my little brain can imagine. Here's what it says about Lamingtons. Unfortunately, there is no picture for them. The space was taken by a scrumptious looking Collard Red Currant Cake; oh goodness:)

Lamingtons are an Australian cake named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland, who on January 1, 1901, read the proclamation that made Western Australia part of the Commonwealth of Australia...

thanks wiki

In my travels there were an amazing number of recipes praising The Humble Lamington. Stef over at the Cupcake Project did a wonderful job re-inventing "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits"; cupcake style:) I found a recipe for Lemon Meringue Lamington over @Not So Humble Pie that looks absolutely heavenly! Ms. Humble happens to be celebrating her birthday with a CSN give-away. Drop by before the 26th for a chance to win! Just one more Lamington note before we get on to our next celebration. The world famous Australian Lamington was 100 years old on December 19, 2001. Although no one is quite sure who "invented" it, it seems the Australian Lamington Official Website celebrated. (I feel a tasteful invention post stirring for next year:)

I'm not sure what the National Baby Food Festival entails but, it begins today!

July 22nd

Happy Birthday Mae! Shame on me, I haven't visited Mae's Food Blog in days. I'll be going on over to wish her a Happy Birthday for sure today!

National Penuche Fudge Day! (As if we need even more sweets this month:)

Zuni Breadstuff (© 1920) author Frank Hamilton Cushing was born on July 22, 1857.

July 23rd

From the Brooklyn Eagle online:

On This Day in History: July 23
Debut of the Coney Island Hot Dog
It may not have been called by that name at the time but Charles Feltman, a German immigrant who had a small stand at the corner of East New York and Howard avenues in Brooklyn introduced the hot dog on July 23, 1889 by putting a boiled sausage in an oblong roll. He moved his stand to Coney Island later and his sandwich became known as the “Coney Island Hot.”

Hot Dogs, now ice cream cones? According to most accounts, the ice cream cone made its official debut at the St. Louis World's Fair on July 23, in 1904. However, the history of the ice cream cone has many many unanswered questions beginning with Mrs. Agnes Marshall. What the heck, have an ice cream cone today just because, July 23rd also happens to be National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

The thirty second annual Gilroy Garlic Festival begins today. One of these days, I will be there!

July 24th

*Alexandre Dumas birth anniversary:)

It's National Tequila Day! Tequila is one of my favorite "beverage" cooking ingredients. Apparently, Annie likes it too. Take a gander at her Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken. Yum! And, just take a look at these Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges. Remember, July is National Watermelon Month:)

Wishing everyone a delectable week. See you Sunday beginning with, National Salad Week and National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! Enjoy! Louise:)