Italy at Home

tomato eventTomatoes. Summer’s best gift to us. I absolutely love tomatoes. I also know that each and every one of us has had this dish at least once. Usually abroad: tomato salsa on toasted bread. Sort of Italian bruschetta style home made.

Tomatoes are great in every shape and form. Coeur de Boef (beef’s heart). Red Brandywine. Principe Borghese (oh, just the name!). Tomatoes, be it that you consider them fruit or vegetable, are wonderful. Can you tell by now that I love tomatoes?

Well imagine then my joy, when I saw this Tomato Event hosted by Zorra at 1 x umruehren, or perhaps by Robert at La Mia Cucina (I am a little confused who does what). With tomatoes plenty in the house, the only natural thing to do was to contribute. There were of course my tartelettes aux tomates cerise (cherry tomato tarts), or the very tomato sauce for Waiter …

I opted for something new. Something fresh and light and sunny. Something to remind me of summer holidays (which I don’t have this year) – tomato salsa. I know, I know. We have all eaten tomato salsa. What I realized though is that all too often I don’t take the time to make it. It is probably all that dicing and chopping, but oh, does it taste like summer!

tomato bruschetta

Voila.

Tomato Salsa my Way: 2 very ripe tomatoes, 1 red onion, 2 cloves of garlic, basil leaves, salt and freshly ground pepper. Chop all the ingredients, seazon, add some olive oil and mix. I personally served the tomato salsa on lightly oven-toasted giabattas which I rubbed with some garlic. It doesn’t get simpler than this. It also doesn’t get tastier than this.

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