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Locavore Cooking with Southern Efficiency and Northern Charm

Diva Cukes and Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes

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Sweet Sun Golds are finally ripe.

 

 

Raw dinner of rice wine vinegar- and-sesame oil-marinated cukes and cherry tomatoes bathed in olive oil, garlic and basil and tossed over pasta.

 

Maybe I should only try to blog during the academic term, and then I wouldn’t leave my readers hanging come summer. Believe me, I so wanted to blog these past few weeks, and have the pictures and notebooks full of musings to prove it. But the Great Firewall of China wouldn’t let me. WordPress.com and Facebook are blocked; though news sites such as NPR and the New York Times (which was in 2000) now aren’t. How I now treasure the freedom to troll the Web at leisure.

 

My first eggplants.

 

 

My first peppers, too.

 

 

One delicate zucchini. When more come, I'll turn to these recipes.

 

It’s refreshing to come home to garden-fresh veggies after two weeks of slurping down greasy sauces and fatty pork belly. Thanks our dear accupunturess friend, our tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cukes, zucchini and herbs remained watered in our absence. So today, orange Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, Diva and slicing cucumbers, some small strawberries, basil, tarragon, some baby eggplant and gone-to-seed fennel welcomed us home. Sweet, raw goodness. For a light dinner, I marinated the cherry and yellow pear tomatoes in olive oil, garlic, basil, tarragon and salt and pepper. I shaved in a delicate zucchini and small green pepper (also from the garden) for good measure. Then we served this raw sauce over pasta. To ease the transition back from Asia, I quick-pickled the cukes with seasoned rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, red onion, garlic and a tad of salty ume plum vinegar. Dan was tired of those flavors. But somehow they still had some lingering appeal for me.

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Written by baltimoregon

August 30, 2010 at 12:28 am

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  1. We’ve been eating sun golds from the farmers market in Belgrade and Richmond- both delicious, and nothing like store bought.

    tmccandlish

    August 30, 2010 at 5:30 am

  2. Yeah, Sun Golds are about my favorite variety. Do you get the cherries or the big ones? Orange tomatoes are better than yellow or red ones! Best of both worlds.

    baltimoregon

    August 30, 2010 at 9:05 am

  3. Great photos; sounds like a great meal to transition back home. There’s nothing quite like a ripe summer tomato.
    Glad the blog is back!

    m-i-l

    August 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  4. Glad you are blogging again! Cucumber salad sounds like a nice way to use up some of our surplus cukes.

    Judy

    September 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm


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