Behold! California, land of tomato bounty.
For the Memorial Day weekend, Bjorn and I hosted a backyard get together to kick off the BBQ season and celebrate my birthday. Happy Birthday Me! Bjorn did some landscaping to make our yard more hospitable for people to hang out in and Yuan came out to Davis to help us cook. A year ago, we had some friends who moved away but could not fit their smoker in their moving van. When they never came back to get it, we started using it. And by using it, I mean we started smoking something (ribs, pork shoulder, salmon) almost every weekend since it started getting nice out. We visited my favorite pork man and got some ribs to smoke for our BBQ. I made some potato salad, shrimp salad, and marinated some teriyaki chicken thighs to grill while Yuan made biscuits, Bjorn made a lovely tomato and cucumber salad, and Yuan and Bjorn spent all afternoon drinking beer, smoking the ribs and grilling.
Little Miss picking at the ribs
The crowd gets some grub.
The weather was great, the food was good and we had lots of friends from Davis and the bay area come out. Love BBQ season!
Although I do not condone vegetarianism, vegetables can be prepared in a way where I don’t miss the meat! For a recent party, we visited the farmer’s market where we picked up some delicious early girl tomatoes, cucumbers, squash blossoms, and baby squash. Yuan busted out his immersion blender and made delicious gazpacho and cucumber soup which we served as individual shots.
We also experimented with puff pastry and made these veggie tarts. We used the squash blossoms fresh but roasted the squash and tomatoes before assembling the tarts. Goat cheese was used as a glue and we sprinkled with fresh thyme and parmesan cheese before popping them in the oven for about 15 min.
Hmmm, what to do with a sack full of yellow tomatoes, again from Hector’s garden, and a free Sunday…. Call Yuan! Instigate a food day! While the Princess is gardening and tending to her cheese mites in Davis, the city-dwelling squabblers relish the occasional day free of obligations and replete with local produce by hanging out in his sunny apartment, watching movies on his kitchen tv, and fiddling around with said produce. That’s where the tomatoes come in.Take a sack of almost over-ripe tomatoes. Rough chop. Add a little salt. Puree. Drain through a sieve, ideally lined with cheesecloth so that your consomme will be clearer than ours was. But ours still turned out rather lovely, don’t you think?