|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.