In New Jersey, it has been a very hot summer so far. Okay, so we are all well aware of what the weather has been, but I am really feeling bad for the gardeners. The earth has been so parched.
Yet, the garden yields and produces in spite of the heat (or maybe it is because of the heat?). The tomatoes are doing so well, and of course their best friend basil grows right along side.
Something new and very exciting in the garden this year...tomatillos! The fruit of this plant has a papery husk that reminds me of Chinese lanterns that we hang outside around the deck for party decorations. They make the best salsa and green sauce for Mexican cooking.
The zucchini are up and growing
in abundence as well, and because last week was a holiday for us, my husband and favorite chef, was very busy making use of the fresh produce along with the bounty of the sea.
A meal of steamed mussels, with crusty bread toasted on the grill, and started with a tower of grilled zucchini, eggplant, peppers and fresh mozzarella, this was a real feast!
We followed this meal with a little melon ...everything in season and delicious. The wine was a refreshingly cold vinho verde, perfect for a very hot night.
This week is promising more seasonal temperatures in the 80's. After last weeks highs, I am just hoping for some cooler evenings to sit outside on the porch.