Ah. Summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Time to kick back.
Take it slow.
Keep it simple.
This week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Tomatoes Provencal was about as simple as simple can be.
Tomatoes. Herbs. Garlic. Salt. Pepper. Olive oil.
A short roast in the oven.
Tomatoes are just barely starting to come into season in this neck of the woods, but Whole Foods (yay, we finally got one...) had some nice looking cherry tomatoes that I thought would work. I pulled oregano, thyme and rosemary from my container garden (i.e. the only garden that my currently brown thumb is capable of maintaining) and combined them with kitchen staples salt, pepper & olive oil before throwing them in a moderate oven.
I am not usually a huge fan of fresh tomatoes; however, I did enjoy the almost jammy texture that these took on. They were delicious smeared on top of chunks of ricotta salata as part of a light summer supper.
It was vacation week at Chez Cher.
It was nice to have a few days to recharge. We took the relatively short drive to Newport, RI and spent a few days taking in the sights. It was Runner Girl's first time in Newport.
Several summer "cottages" were toured.
Time was spent on the ocean and at the beach.
Plenty of seafood was eaten. (It paid to become chummy with the hotel's valet parking attendant)
I may be a bit biased, but in my mind there is nothing quite like summer along the New England shores...
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.