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First post and a light, simple dinner


Friends have urged me for quite a while now to get all my food and wine related stuff together and make it more easily accessible. Well, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and get this blog up and running. I’ll try to update the site pretty frequently, but sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes it will be a note on a wine I enjoy, while other times it will be something tasty I’ve prepared at home or grabbed while out somewhere. Expect lots of photos. That’s right, I’m one of those – the guy with the camera at the restaurant.

Anyway, I’ve been eating a lot of relatively heavy/filling food lately. Much of it was while visiting fantastic friends in Chicago which will be the subject of upcoming posts. Last night I was looking for something a little lighter, taking advantage of one of my favourite fruits – the tomato. Beautiful, juicy, sweet tomatoes are amazing and I do my best to eat my fill of them while in season. I’ll hold out all winter to avoid the pasty and flavourless offerings many markets carry.

Panzanella, a simple, rustic salad most often found in central Italy was in order. I grilled a piece of thickly-sliced 12-grain bread from a local bakery to get a little smokiness into it, cubed, and then added to a variety of quartered cherry tomatoes. Fresh torn basil, olive oil, salt and pepper, and a few splashes of 10-year aged Pedro Ximinez sherry vinegar brought everything together. It made for a nice Sunday supper served alongside a simple omelette.

Panzanella and omelette

Panzanella and omelette

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