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This Week’s Harvest, 10/12: The Last of the Tomatoes

October 13, 2011

Lettuce, Swiss chard, cauliflower, potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, pears

They sure didn’t skimp on the tomatoes this week, which I suspect will be their last for the year.  But they’re small and sweet, and I will enjoy every last one of them, whether I’m just popping the smaller ones in my mouth whole or letting them bring a taste of late-summer sweetness to savory dishes, like I did with the Swiss chard last night.  I caramelized an onion, then added the stems, thinly sliced.  Deglazed with a splash of white wine vinegar, then added a few chopped tomatoes.  When all was nicely softened, I threw in the chard leaves, cut into ribbons, and a can of white beans.  Season with salt, pepper, and hot paprika, slice up some seeded bread, and dinner is served.

I really want to make this Italian lentil stew to go with the eggs.

Once again, I have curried the cauliflower, but this time it was Thai, not Indian.

These pears are crying out to be baked in something, and I think this olive oil cake is just the thing.

As for the potatoes, they’re the first of the starchy kind (as opposed to the waxy kind we tend to get over the warmer months), and that makes me want to mash them.

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Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.

  1. October 14, 2011 12:40 am

    Love the sound of the caramelised onion and swiss chard creation! I almost never have tomatoes on hand (the relic of growing up with a mother allergic to them), but I still dream of the tomato sorbet with goats cheese and coriander that I had (for dessert) at a restaurant here in Canberra once!

  2. October 16, 2011 4:48 pm

    Hannah – I think that sounds like a fabulous dessert!

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