I’m a fan of Tuesday afternoons. I’ve been a fan of Tuesday afternoons for awhile, ever since I was a freshman in high school, listening to a Moody Blues song on my parents’ vinyl record. The song was aptly named: “Tuesday afternoon” .
I’ve especially become a fan of Tuesday afternoon now that 2 fabulous food/local agriculture events occur at this time: my CSA share delivers and I pick up gorgeous fresh produce, and my nearby farmers’ market convenes.
For dinner tonight, I roasted eggplant and yellow tomatoes (both from the farm share) in thin slices, covered with olive oil and spices: Italian herb seasoning, pepper, and a bit of salt. I set the oven at 400 and took the dish out about 25 minutes later. The eggplant and tomatoes were intended to be accents for the fresh whole wheat linguine I had made. When I tossed them on the pasta there seemed to be something missing…so I took out a farmer’s market purchase: some fresh herbed chevre cheese made from goat’s milk. On the side: a bed of slightly spicy arugula, fresh from the CSA.
The pasta turned out a little on the chewy side (it was fresh, not dried, and I had forgotten to salt the water- perhaps that’s why?), but the eggplant and tomatoes were phenomenal. The eggplant may have been the best eggplant I’ve ever had. I usually don’t like eggplant too much. But this was tender and sweet. The roasted yellow tomatoes were like sugar, and almost melted in my mouth. The herbed chevre was a nice piquant counterpoint to the earthy pasta. The arugula accent gave the rest of the dish the zing of chlorophyll that it needed: you could kind of taste the sunshine and cool, fresh rain that made these little leaves.
I’m having this situation where the time/date is inaccurately showing on this blog as being in the future. It is still August 31st. Does anyone who uses wordpress know how to change this?