Two New Inspirations

In an attempt to eat more fresh and seasonal fruit & veggies, I recently threw ingredients together and was pleasantly surprised at the tasty outcome.

I have become a fan of small round sweet cherry tomatoes.  I buy the ones that come in a square plastic container of both red and yellow.  With the mantra “what grows together, goes together” I decided one day to make myself a light salad with the tomatoes including feta cheese, roasted pine nuts, freshly chiffonade basil and a drizzle of olive oil to coat.  After my first version of the salad, I realized it needed a splash of balsamic vinegar for a touch of acid and a sprinkle of pepper (feta provided the salt).

As I’m sure this is not a new culinary combination, I was rather pleased with myself for throwing together such a tasty salad.  The possibilities are endless.  Just yesterday I swapped out the tomatoes and used tomatillos instead.  I also added diced English cucumber and red pepper in addition to the basil, pine nuts and dressing.  I had never worked with tomatillos before and assumed they were a green version of the tomato.  Yes, and no.  I probably would not use them again as I did in this salad as they were to acidic and weren’t really harmonious with the cucumber, red pepper, and other components.  But hey, I’m learning!

Moving on to something sweet.  I adore papaya, it’s my favorite fruit and at $4 per papaya, I’m not eating very many.  The other day while I was shopping I decided to splurge and get one.  Last night I spooned some 2% Greek yogurt into two bowls, placed 4 slices each over the yogurt and drizzled with honey.  Holly cow!  You can’t get much healthier than that!  And I was surprised at how good it was.

Another version with Greek yogurt is to add glazed walnuts and drizzle with honey.  It’s like a super healthy Sunday . . . well sort of . . . if you close your eyes . . . and try really hard to imagine it.

What are your favorite throw together dishes?  How about a favorite flavor combination?  I’d love to hear!  Tell me your story!


Bon Appétit!

3 responses to “Two New Inspirations”

  1. I love your creativeness and the desire to try new things. Also the willingness to continue to try even when the end result might not be the same as you envisioned when you started a recipe. I have never been one to experiment or try new things in the kitchen.

    1. Thanks Paul! I much admit the desire and patience to try new things comes and goes! I shall look forward to cooking for you the next time you visit!

      1. Thank you Katherine

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