Friday, August 30, 2013

The Right Ingredients - caprese salad

from the Caprese kit

Last Saturday, my sister brought over a paper bag with what she called a "Caprese kit" inside:  fresh tomatoes and basil from her garden, fresh mozzerella from the local cheese shop and a crusty baguette from a local bakery.

Wow! The depth of the rich tomato and peppery basil combined with cool, mild, fresh mozzerella and crispy, lightly salted bread to make a memorable lunch. I drizzled on very good olive oil and sprinkled sea salt and fresh crushed pepper. Sublime! This is an exercise in using the best ingredients to create a very simple meal. A loaf of white bread, store-bought tomatoes, shredded pizza-topping mozzerella, dried basil, any old olive oil. Well, change out any of these ingredients and you've lost the whole experience.

Reminds me of a quote by Mark Twain:

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.  


  1. Yum! I don't even like tomatoes that much, but that pic makes me crave a true Caprese salad!

    XO, M

    1. Thanks, Morgan! Maybe you are lucky you don't like tomatoes. They are only available for such a short time and then I crave them the rest of the year :)