Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tomato

This is my newest version of tomato dish.  My wife and I just went up to Lancaster, PA to visit Farmers Market.  The place was filled with a mountain of fresh local produce and which is what has inspired me to create this dish.  This is my interpretation of classic Caprese salad.  


Of course the main focus of this dish is going to be the tomato, even though some may say mozzarella and that's true and I can't argue.  As my wife and I were walking through different venders, I have noticed this heirloom tomato which I had never seen before and instantly caught my attention.  It is called "Indigo Rose".  It was bred by Oregon State University to create a type of tomato which contains  high level of antioxidant, I found out as I researched afterward.  Pretty interesting.  It tastes just like heirloom tomato but it looks like a jewel.


This beautiful indigo rose tomato from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative is served with fresh mozzarella from Blue Ridge Dairy Company in Sterling, VA, various greens and sprouts are from Tulip Hill Farm in Holtwood, PA, black garlic and rye crumb, black pepper, Cyprus black lava sea salt,  basil glass, and I placed a balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil into a tube and placed within the dish so that one can use as much or as little as needed.  Simple preparation, classic flavors, focusing onto each and every ingredients and execution with high precision is sometimes all it takes.  

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