Okay, I know I said I’d be devoting each post to one specific type of produce, but when so many featured ingredients work so well together…this is what happens! The evolution continues!!
My favorite band of Summer Superstars are today’s focal point; Squash, Peppers, Heirloom Tomatoes and Eggplant. When I have more than one of these players in the fridge at once, they tend to find themselves next to each other on the plate. The Squash in my fridge at the moment is round, dark green, creamy and called “Eight Ball.” I got a big bag full of them at the West LA Sunday market. My peppers are more varied. Also from Sunday in West LA, I procured a mixed bag of chilies; Anaheim and Ancho…plus another bag of vibrant Thai Bird Chilies. On Saturday at the Pico market, I also picked up a bag of Padron Chilies… Yes, things are gettin’ spicy ’round here!
The Heirloom Tomatoes I got at the Saturday market at Pico and Virginia are called ‘Red Zebra’. These sweet, Summer beauties have streaks of orange, red and golden hues and were so fragrant on the way home, I had to devour one in the car! SOOO YUM. My Eggplant haul included two young Globe Eggplants, two bright purple Chinese Eggplants, and a gaggle of firm, round, green-streaked Thai Eggplants. Berry, berry good (yes, Eggplants are berries…)! Throw in some Tomatillos, and we’re so in business…
Fabulously Fiery Thai Bird Chilies (The green ones are hotter than the red!!)
Grilled Eggplant rounds, topped with Smart Simple Gourmet’s White Bean Salad, resting atop an Heirloom Tomato/Chili sauce
Rotini in a spicy Tomatillo/Padron Chili Sauce
Pan-Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini, topped with an Heirloom Tomato/Chili sauce…
A spicy snack of shrimp, Padron Chilies and pretzel crackers, with all the Tomato/Chili sauces
A salad, adorned with marinated Chicken Strips and Oven-Dried Red Zebra Tomatoes…
A super-spicy, savory relish of Anaheim, Ancho and Thai Bird Chilies
A smooth Tomatillo/Avocado salsa for my Daiya Quesadilla…
A Grilled Eggplant sandwich, with a spiced-up BBQ sauce…some more Heirloom Tomatoes would’ve made this even more amazing!
Leftovers ahoy! Pan-Roasted Eggplant, atop a Zucchini/Chili Slaw, dressed with a Tomatillo/Chili sauce…all that, on toast J
So many combinations, so many meals and snacks!
There’s a hint as to what Summer Superstar is coming next…a few photos back… Can you guess which item(s)? Don’t be surprised if you see lots of Heirloom Tomatoes next time, I just bought a sackful today! Also, remember to keep track of which layout you like best! I’ll be featuring two more options after this.
Enjoy the flavors of Summer while they last; and with the tardy onset of the season, that may be for more than a month to come! At today’s market, a friend pointed out that while the bounty of High Summer is still quite plentiful, Autumn’s finest is already starting to appear. I can’t wait to see what happens in the kitchen!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you’re in for a great treat. The Good Food Festival is coming soon to Santa Monica. You can learn lots about your produce, where it comes from and what to do with it! That’s my kind of Festival!
Until next time, have a Delicious Day!