Is My Blog Burning? no. 14 – Orange You Hungry?

my muse – orange tomato

Foiled by a chubby stack of very non-orange pumpkin pancakes this weekend, I went back to the market desperate for inspiration, as the deadline for this month’s edition of Is My Blog Burning was rapidly drawing near. And there they were, my miniature muses, a tiny cluster of the most beautifully bright, sunniest, orange-est tomatoes, perfect for the theme, Orange You Hungry?

orange and white swirled

Though it was gray and cloudy earlier this morning, the sun finally broke through, creating just the right climate for a carefree caprese salad – milky mozzarella, soft, supple, a perfectly smooth complexion for the naturally bright yet simple round slices of the tang-colored tomatoes. Alternating orange and white, the plate looked like a giant orange peppermint candy. I added a little garden of floral greens fresh from this morning’s farmer’s market, dressed effortlessly with only olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Nothing fancy, just the natural beauty of late spring on a plate.

flowers, herbs, and greens

Mozzarella almost too mild and tomatoes almost too sweet teetered dangerously close to bland, if not for the greens. Not only did flowers add eye-catching color, nasturtium petals picking up the orange of the tomato and purple and yellow pansies providing contrast, but they tasted fragrantly floral against the mozarella. There were lots of fresh herbs, but I am still learning to identify herbs and spices by smell and taste – something like licorice, a little lavender, a bit of basil but much milder, maybe some mint. The miniature leafy greens were everything from paper-thin, as delicate as the flowers, to taut, crispy sharp and bitter. The floral greens could have stood on their own, undressed, naked, and still have had deliciously complex flavors.

I almost felt like I had cheated; that it was just too easy to put together something so simple, but sometimes, that’s the best thing an amateur cook like me can do. Don’t mess with nature, and let incredible ingredients shine on their own.

Or maybe that’s just an excuse for being horribly pressed for time. :)

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1 Jocelyn:McAuliflower April 25, 2005 at 3:05 am

Whoa! Something kooky is going on with your code!
Your first pictures in your blog entries are way too big.
This causes them to cover up the rest of your page.

Check out your blog using Firefox.

Nice pictures though. :)


2 Jennifer April 25, 2005 at 3:07 am

Okay Sarah!

Where is my dinner invite?


3 sarah j. gim April 25, 2005 at 3:36 pm

lol! yes, i didn’t realize the picture problem until i opened the blog at work using mozilla only recently and was greeted by an enormous fork full of indian food – there’s something weird with IE reading my CSS, so i have to fix it – hopefully this week.

thanks for the tip off, though!


4 Robyn April 25, 2005 at 4:08 pm

So simple, yet so wonderful! Great second choice!


5 Bassbiz April 25, 2005 at 11:46 pm

Sarah!!!!! I want an invite to, especially since you live in the Westside, too. Let me be your taste tester and Ill share some receipes of mine as well. You have such lovely presentation!


after reading your Indian food blog, I stopped by India’s Oven on Westwood on Friday night, damn YOU!!!!!!!!!!!


6 sarah j. gim April 26, 2005 at 12:32 am

:) thanks for the sweet words! everyone is always welcome at my house! advance notice not even required!!


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