Tuesday, August 24, 2010

the colors of summer, a love affair with red

It's amazing how a single red dress inspired me to look at all the gorgeous summer produce sitting on my kitchen countertop a little differently.  Just taking a moment to appreciate the vibrant hues of the season - and this might sound silly - reminds you of the beauty of good food, and that it can be breathtaking sometimes (often times).  And when your fridge, your plate, your diet is vibrant, it's a fail-proof sign that you're eating healthfully, smartly and deliciously.  I present you with some of summer's best as an example.  Antioxidant-packed heirloom and cherry tomatoes (which immediately encouraged me to do up a simple, scrumptious snack of heirloom tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella dotted with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and a sprinkling of that red chili you see above).  The tomato crop is unbelievable this season, so make a run to your local greenmarket asap and stock up.  Major flavor and major nutrients, and mini-calories - which leaves you a little more room for a nice piece of ciabatta, baguette or whole wheat sourdough with that tomato, basil, mozzarella salad below.   Also tossed into the bowl above are 2 Turkish eggplants (those little red guys with stems on the left side).  I'd never seen them before I stumbled upon them at the farmers market last weekend - and fortunately so, they're wonderful grilled or quickly sauteed.

tomato, basil, mozzarella salad = the perfect snack or starter

a little more red love...summer tristar strawberries

my red dress that inspired it all...

you can't go wrong with summer fun and sparkles - and a plate of delicious fresh food!

images by: moi's camera, growshop.com, luckymag.com

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