Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I heard the call. At first it started far away, pointing and beckoning me toward it. Summer calls, and with the often fleeting of sunshine in our geographical lives, it's not to be ignored.
Growing up, I spent summers working or on projects, and into my professional years working and traveling from one end of the country to the other. Being a professional, and a business owner now, means calling my own shots on time management. I've come to learn that time away from the work feeds the work, making me only better at the creative projects I design for my clients.
So I listened to that call; the call of summer and opportunity for play. I've crafted a schedule allowing for intense work, and for intense play. Days of summer spent on rivers, lakes, and hiking to waterfalls. Evenings of paddling under a full moon. Conference calls across the country at crazy early morning hours, proposals typed at iPads from far away locations.
Letting go of the domestic arts for a season and (gasp) backing away from the canner. But focusing on my very favorites, like packing a freezer with freshly picked blueberries, my favorite fruit for winter 5am smoothies. In many ways it's been a call for simplicity: doing the best work for the best clients for the best projects, and playing in ways that make me happy to the very core.
I haven't shared much in the way of recipes here lately, so in the vein of simplicity, here is my most favorite of meals come high summer. Simply put together with ingredients directly from the garden, and some from my favorite natural foods store.
If I only eat one thing for the rest of this summer, let it be this simple dish.
I've heard the call for simplicity, and I'm pretty sure I heard in there the words tomatoes, basil and good mozzarella.
Simple Summer Bliss: Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella
Go out and pick tomatoes. Slice them. Place on plate. Sprinkle with a bit of good fleur de sel. Fancy words for tasty sea salt.
Slice some fresh mozzarella from your local grocer. As fresh and simple as you can get.
Go out and pick some basil. Pinch off the tops of your basil, encouraging it to grow more. Rinse and roll into tight bundles, slicing with knife to create long strips. Sprinkle liberally across your tomatoes.
Splash with some tasty balsamic vinegar. Here I'm using a fig balsamic because it's a little bit sweet. Did I mention it's tasty? It is.
Drizzle a bit with olive oil. And you can add some more salt and freshly ground pepper at this stage too.
Slice up some good, chewy bread. Then stack it all together and devour. That taste you are experiencing? Pure summer.