Provencal Tomatoes

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Wow, it’s August! Already??? I’m so not ready for summer to end. There’s so much left for the kids and I to do! We want more beach days, pool parties, sleepovers, Mommy sleeping in (’til 7:30, mind you) and of course, summer produce! Fresh berries, peaches, corn and tomatoes are at their peak in the summer. If you buy them any other time of the year, you are getting boring bland versions of their true selves. And this year, we’ve been blessed with a crop of great tomatoes from our backyard garden.

Due to our first successful year of gardening, my husband, as I mentioned in the previous post, has become rather zealous over the veggie garden. Every Saturday morning, he takes his coffee outside and inspects the garden and to find anything he might have missed during his daily inspections when he comes home from work. The walk around it only takes about 20 seconds – it’s not huge. But, he tells me, there’s something very satisfying about seeing fresh fruits and vegetables growing in your yard.

He loves the smell of the tomato plant. He picks off yellow leaves. He removes any critters lurking in the branches. He picks small berries and offers them to the kids. He just stands there and stares at it, almost in a meditative state.

“I’m going to bring it out another foot, Laura, over here,” he informs me yesterday during his weekly inspection.

Another foot is all we can expand it, so I concur happily.

“Do you really need this much oregano?” he asks seriously.

No, we can pull it out and put it in a pot, I reply. This is now PRIME real estate.

And on and on…

Last week I happily used some of our home grown tomatoes and my fresh thyme to make these Provencal Tomatoes. Topped with panko, parmesan and olive oil. It was simple. It was delicious. I was in MY happy place.

Provencal Tomatoes by FamilySpice.com

I love my tomatoes.

I love my garden.

I love summer.

Please, can it last a little bit longer?

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11 Responses to Provencal Tomatoes

  1. beautiful post we too love the beautiful feeling of picking some vegetables from the garden even if it is a few :) happy for you
    lovely pictures

  2. Gorgeous looking tomatoes! I'm all about the tomatoes at the moment. Tomatoes & basil is summer to me. Love the panko idea too, more crispy!!

  3. Ann at #

    My husband and I are putting in a garden next year and I know he'll be the same…he's already started. I can't wait to enjoy the same satisfaction you two do in your garden. I suspect there's nothing better.

  4. Kim Bee at #

    Such a lovely post. I am so jealous. Our last house had a huge garden we spent years perfecting. We haven't done one here yet as the light is a challenge even though the yard is massive. The pics are beautiful.

  5. gorgeous! super delicious! I love the colours and photographs!

  6. Oh, you are so lucky to have a garden. Hong Kong has a lack of space, so I do not have it here. Back in India, yes, I used to have a small one!
    Gorgeous tomatoes indeed! Loved reading the post and going through those beautiful pictures!!

  7. With tomatoes so bountiful, what a great way to enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Donald Short at #

    Those tomatoes are wonderful! great harvest! you groomed them properly. I'm also giving away information on growing tomatoes to help people in gardening on my site. God bless!

  9. What fantastic looking garden veggies…wish I had more room for vegetables in my garden.
    Your Provencal tomatoes look fantastic!

  10. LOVEEEE the photos….beautiful summer dish:)

  11. these look simply AWESOME.

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