Thursday, June 10, 2021

Who Eats Pub Cheese For Breakfast?

 I did. Today. It is a cheddar spread containing  chunks of spicy peppers and is great on toast. Up since 3 AM, I have done laundry and will do some cleaning this afternoon. Lukas is sleeping peacefully in my favorite chair.

The ancestors can wait a bit while I tidy the place. Summer heat is finally upon us so I'll not be spending much time outdoors, not that I was before but at least then I could open the windows without feeling like I live in a blast furnace.

Seasonal menus are lighter at this time of year. More fruit, dips and spreads, sandwiches and yogurt are my preferred sustenance when the heat is high. I tried my hand at homemade guacamole and hummus and both were so lovely they're gone. Wonderful accompaniment to any sandwiches, they are also a handy excuse to eat baby carrots or cut up veggies, and if I can find some good tomatoes and my trusted ranch topping, my twist on one of the few southern traditions I enjoy will be complete.

Since tomatoes thrive in heat and have a long growing season, it is not unusual for people here to put thickly sliced tomato between two pieces of white bread coated in their preferred mayonnaise and thoroughly dusted with salt and pepper. The juicier the tomato, the better. Never a fan of white bread, I go for whole grain and if that isn't available, lightly toasted, which is considered sacrilege among true tomato-sandwich-enthusiasts.

My appetite for any sort of mayo was killed in early childhood, so I use dressings such as ranch or blue cheese, which makes me anomaly worthy of laughter among my southern relations.

What whets your appetite this time of year?


At June 10, 2021 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Ms. Moon said...

We're going to have a tomato pie and warm green bean salad tonight. Both, of course, from the garden. I am overwhelmed at the moment with beans and tomatoes!

At June 10, 2021 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Elephant's Child said...

I am a big, big fan of guacamole and hummus. And of home grown tomatoes.
We are firmly in the cooler months now and my thoughts are turning to vegetable soup. A rich and chunky vegetable soup.

At June 10, 2021 at 2:12 PM , Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

I'm with you on cheese and tomato, an aged cheddar, preferably Irish. I make an exception for this by using soft white bread and mayo. I do love hummus and guac too. And I love a small salad of tomatoes and feta cheese with olive oil. Local tomatoes.


At June 11, 2021 at 4:39 AM , Blogger Live and Learn said...

I love a good tomato sandwich. I, too, opt for wheat bread instead of white with them. However, we are several weeks from our first tomatoes of the season.

At June 11, 2021 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Shaheen said...

Sounds temptingly good. I don't know what gets me this time of year, come summer its all about the versatility of fresh tomatoes.

At June 11, 2021 at 2:35 PM , Blogger Steve Reed said...

I used to eat tomato sandwiches all the time when I was growing up. A good Ruskin tomato! YUM! When we ate tomatoes by themselves (not on a sandwich), we'd put sugar on them, which I think is a southern thing. I know some people prefer salt.

At June 13, 2021 at 1:02 AM , Blogger LL Cool Joe said...

Last night I had a takeaway curry with my daughters, not really summer food but we enjoyed it! I do love a Quiche and salad in the summer months.

At June 13, 2021 at 8:53 AM , Blogger 37paddington said...

A grilled cheese and onion sandwich and tomato soup! Followed by a frozen mango yogurt dessert my husband makes. You sound like you're having a productive, whirling dervish of a day!


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