Weekly Photo Challenge: CAREFREE

I like to cook, and I like to experiment with new recipes and odd ingredients, which is fine. The Hub is reasonably adventurous and if it doesn’t work out so well, so be it! But there’s often lots of dishes to wash afterward, and a certain amount of stress (mainly on me), so while it’s often exciting and fun, dinner isn’t always exactly carefree.

But summertime! When the livin’ is easy, and the dinner prep is often likewise. Like this particular evening:

Summer Supper

Heirloom tomatoes of three kinds, mixed olives, good bread (Whole Foods’ sperlonga, never heard of it before Northampton, but it’s got ciabatta beat by a country mile). And of course, a bottle — in this case, Malbec. Also with:

Summer Supper, second course

San Daniele prosciutto, one slice of each type of heirloom, pesto (work done by Trader Joe’s, not me) and — BURRATA. Another newfound love, the mozzarella that isn’t creamy enough on its own, it’s got more cream added inside it.

Slice and dice would be easy enough: but all this dinner requires is Slice. Ah, summer!

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24 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: CAREFREE

  1. Stef says:

    A fantastic light-and-simple summer meal. (And colorful!) Easy peasy. πŸ™‚

  2. This is so true! When things are good in the market they don’t need to be manhandled in the kitchen. It truly means a carefree night for the cook. I love this post.

  3. jfb57 says:

    Yes – definitely carefree & delicious!

  4. ivandoulakis says:

    For me, cooking requires enormous concentration so this is anything but carefree.. I am jealous of you who find cooking soothing though! πŸ™‚

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Well, occasionally it’s soothing. But this meal literally did not need ANY cooking — except perhaps for toasting the bread. Just slicing. And I DO find slicing soothing.
      Thanks for visitig and commenting, ioannis!

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Do I wish also!
        Have a wonderful West Coast experience with chilluns and all that good stuff.
        I wonder what wild creatures will enjoy your tomato bounty?

  5. Pauline says:

    Best way to eat on a hot summer night – fresh from garden or farmer’s market and bakery. My tomatoes are just ripening and I’m away tomorrow for the west coast. Wish you were still close enough to come pick what remains in the garden!

  6. mithriluna says:

    This looks luscious! What a simple but tasty looking meal!

  7. Oh man! Just, oh MAN !!!

  8. xties says:

    On my side of the globe (down under, as they say), it’s supposed to be winter … but Wellington has been enjoying an early spring. The temperature today is expected to reach 16˚ Celsius (getting up towards 61˚ Fahrenheit).

    Hosting a birthday party for a small group a few days ago, a large salad with fresh herbs and a variety of greens complemented the main course, Teriyaki Beef, with plaited pumpkin bread and baguette to fill the gaps.

    Missing from our table: your beautiful heirloom tomatoes!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Sounds delicious, especially the “plaited pumpkin bread.” Are you sure you don’t have a picture? I’d love to see it!
      BTW, the 60’s F. sound like my ideal weather situation!

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