Right now it's tomato time!
I took some of the tomatoes from the farm, sliced them, and served them with a few dollops of ricotta, salt, cayenne, olive oil and a squeeze of lime juice.
For the main course I used the remaining cornmeal mixture from last night and coated some skin on chicken breast before pan frying it and finishing it in the oven. I served this over a tomatillo salsa I'd made on Sunday with last week's tomatillos from the farm. For the salsa I simply cooked some garlic, onion, and serrano pepper in a little olive oil then tossed in the chopped tomatillo with some salt, pepper, and cumin. I filled the pot just under the tomatillos with water and boiled it before pureeing it and adding some roughly chopped cilantro.
I served the chicken over the salsa with a wedge of avocado.
I learned a valuable lesson in beer tonight. I paired this pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery with the dinner because, from all I care to understand about beer pairings, this was the best accompaniment to a dish like this. While this was a good pilsner I discovered something very important: I just don't like pilsner all that much.
I think it takes me ten or twelve beers of the same type to get familiarized with the variations of the style enough to make a decision. After a long run of pilsners I think that, like IPAs, they just aren't my favorite style. This is surprising because I've been under the impression that I actually liked pilsners for a very long time.
For dessert we enjoyed another of Jen's Popsicle creations. This time it was her mojito Popsicle. On the ranking of her Popsicles this summer it's somewhere below the Aperol grapefruit popsicle and above the peach ginger in the rankings. They go something like this:
- Aperol Grapefruit
- Rhubarb Limeaid
- Lime Mojito
- Peach Ginger
Jen is far from done. She has a tremendous amount of ingredients, a healthy number of Popsicle molds, and an undying love for Popsicles. Will anything unseat the Aperol grapefruit for top honors?
You'll have to stay tuned to find out.