hello friends and family,
i think you will all agree that summer is the season for simple, healthy recipes and impromptu gatherings. taking full advantage of the vibrant seasonal fruits and vegetables and the warmer light-filled evenings lend themselves to many memorable meals shared with those we love.
we experienced one such evening last week. our dear friends and neighbors of over a dozen years, the rick/destiny irons family, invited us over to their “temporary” beach house for a cocktail party and barbecue. (they are in the final stages of a major remodel of their own home.) in addition to the ubiquitous cheese, olive and wine offerings, we wanted to share a colorful dish from our garden. for me, the fun and rewarding aspect of growing a prolific edible garden is “creating” something with the ripest produce we are harvesting that particular day or week. as we are still blessed with juicy, sweet/tart, ripe santa rosa plums, we decided they would be the focus of our dish. now the question begged: plum tart, pickled plums and red onions, plum compote, plum gelato or simply a bowl of fragrant plums as an offering?
my daughter, domenica, and i came up with something using many of our favorite flavors, including the plums and limes from our garden. here’s another “suggestion”, not so much a recipe of how to enjoy summertime stone fruit.
A SALSA OF SORTS…
ingredients: 2 cups firm/ripe santa rosa plums, seeded and chopped; 1/4 cup finely diced red onion; 1/4 cup finely diced yellow or orange bell pepper; 1 jalapeño or serano chile, tiny dice (membranes and seeds removed for less heat); 1 large firm/ripe avocado, diced; 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice. mix fruit, onion, peppers and chile together, gently fold in chopped avocado, lime juice and salt/pepper to taste.
not many ingredients! definitely quick and healthy! immensely flavorful! try it yourself with: grilled pork tenderloin, roasted/herbed tofu, over chicken enchiladas with a tomatillo salsa, as a side to seared scallops, a topping for grilled fish tacos, or simply as a salsa with some hearty chips.
that evening we shared many stories, laughs and memories. over the course of the cocktail hour the plum “salsa” disappeared and was touted as a successful “creation”.
it’s always wonderful to grow, harvest and enjoy fresh produce, but even better than that is sharing the bounty with people whose company you cherish. enjoy those impromptu summer gatherings and keep the ingredients simple, seasonal and refreshing…
p.s. next post: four varieties of cherry tomatoes…my favorite!