They’re here! The slicing tomatoes are here!
Yeah, sure, we’ve been enjoying the bite-sized determinates since June, and they are good. I won’t deny that they have been swell. The first two Caprese salads of the season were dynamite. I will never forget them. But in all honesty, what started this weekend is The Show.
This is what I’ve been waiting for. I’ve intentionally held back on buying tomatoes these last months. Not at the supermarket and not even at the farmers’ markets. I wanted to make sure that the feeling of tomato deprivation was so great, that when the first slicers made their appearance, I would appreciate every bite. And they have. And I did.
The very first treat I made was a homemade bloody mary. That was good. So fresh and tangy. This afternoon I popped a bunch into the oven to roast. Tonight we’ll have roasted tomato soup for dinner. I’ve been dreaming about this for weeks.
And for lunch, I had my very favourite summer sandwich: Fried Egg with Basil and Tomato.
This is so easy to make I won’t trifle you with steps and an ingredients list. This is the sort of sandwich that changes with whatever you’ve got on hand. But the basics remain the same: eggs, basil, and a ripe heirloom slicing tomato.
Simply fry up some eggs however you like them. I like mine over-easy. I used duck eggs that we bought from a friendly Mennonite lady at the market on Saturday. Then you place it on toast: we had okay spelt bread so I used that. Then you add freshly picked basil leaves: I grow ‘Mammoth’ a lettuce leaf variety that produces gigantic, crinkly leaves. Some leaves can grow to be as big as an adult human hand — I reserve these specifically for sandwiches since you only need one.
Next add the tomato slices: as thick as you like. I think I used ‘Silvery Fir Tree’ a determinate variety that makes tasty, red, slicers although I can’t be sure since I mixed it in with a few other red determinates that are indistinguishable. I grew three of this variety this year — it’s a wonderful container producer and a pretty plant to boot. However, I am extra pleased with the performance of one plant in particular that is absolutely laden with fruit. Again, it has got to be that duck manure!
Enjoy your sandwich with a generous sweep of your preferred condiment. I like mayo.
p.s. I took all of these photos with my phone because I was too lazy to go to my office and fetch my camera. Summertime!