I had the honor of hosting the Grow Your Own event (GYO #17) for Andrea over at Andrea’s recipes. I always love this event as it is fun to see what people from all over the world are growing and eating at basically the same time, just different locations and cultures. We had lots of tomatoes and apples this time around as well as exotic fruit.
Leslie over at Beachlover’s Kitchen, used her container grown tomatoes to serve along side this fantastic looking House Special Fried Rice. The recipe not only sounds fantastic but she introduced me to a new special seasoning, which is her secret ingredient, abalone and scallop sauce.
Edith over at Precious Moments (Singapore) is also blessed to have a fruit tree in her yard, a Starfruit. I recently ate my first starfruit and was not sure how to do it, we just sliced it and ate. Edith shared a Starfruit Salad with us. The colors are brilliant with the green of the fruit and red chilis. Sounds light and refreshing.
Ning over at Heart and Hearth (Manila, Phillipines) grows Thai Basil, which is definitely a favorite of ours. She wanted to recreate a recipe she had with her husband when dining out, it was for a Tomato Baked Rice. She made the rice dish using tomatoes, onions, chicken broth and the Basil from her garden, then she stuffed into a red peper. Looks delicious!
Andrea the founder of GYO and the creator of Andrea’s Recipes(Northern Virginia/DC Metro area), planted two Tomatillo plants, which her husband was skeptical about and take a look at what happened! I would have never thought about growing them and we do love them in salsa. She made a Roasted Green Tomatillo Salsa for us not only does it look fanastic but the recipe seems very easy. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon of football!
AJ over at Annarasa (United States) grows a patio garden and a couple of her items, tomatoes and cucumbers are giving her some big returns. She made this Garden Fresh Salad for us with the two and lightly dressed it with lemon juice and roasted cumin. She mentioned that it would go nicely with Spicy Panner Filled Rolls and I could not agree more.
Becke over at Columbus Foodie (Columbus, Ohio) has a mulberry bush in her yard and she was concerned that it would not surive a storm. Lucky for us it did as she made this sinful looking Berry Trifle using the mulberries and other berries from the farmer’s market. The recipe seems very easy as well. Who does not like sinful dessert!
Reeni over at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice (Hudson Valley, NY) reminisces about stuffing manicotti with her mother while they shared stories of her Great Grandmother. She shares with us the recipe for Baked Cheese Manicotti using fresh tomatoes from her garden for the sauce. You can almost smell the pot of sauce bubbling when you read her store.
Kim at Live:: Love:: Laugh:: Eat! (Virginia, United States) has a garden that is still producing many wonderful things for her. She used pimento peppers, tomatoes, oregano, and basil for this event to make Giada de Laurentiis Chicken Cacciatore recipe. It looks fantastic and what a great way to use those tomatoes and peppers.
Bee and Jai over at Jugalbandi (Northwestern United States) are teasing our tastebuds with a very creative dish using anaheim peppers and cherry tomatoes from the garden and a splash of tequila to make an Apricot, Blueberry and Roasted Anaheim Salsa – sounds firey and fantastic! What a great combination, I would never have thought about tossing in the apricots or the tequila for that matter!
Nathan at Annies House (San Jose, CA) not only grew some of the best looking Heirloom tomatoes I have ever seen; but, he had a fun event with some friends at his house, doing a taste test. The photos will make you drool. On top of that he created a fantastic looking Chopped Greek Saladusing the tomatoes. The best of the last of the summer tomatoes!
PG over at My Kitchen Stories (Hamburg, Germany) is also lucky enough to have an apple tree in her yard. She shares with us a recipe from the cookbook she has owned since moving to Germany. Not only has it taught her how to make this wonderful Polish Apple Cake; but, she has learned German with it as well. The cake looks dense thanks to the apples and light thanks to the wonderful thin layer of meringue on the top.
Michael at the Fishmonger’s Place (Racine, Wisconsin) has a bumper crop of Roma tomatoes. Last year he decided to freeze a bunch of them to use throughout the year (we do the same with dry farmed tomaotes). This year he decided to try something new, Oven-Dying. They look really great, not only for cooking with but for snacks as well.
Rachael over at The Crispy Cook (Saratoga County, New York) has a garden that has just about taken over her life! She made a dish using yellow wax beans, purple Chinese beans, and tomatoes, and it has a wonderful name as well, Roasted Rainbow Bean, what kid would not like that for dinner. It is flavorable with all these great herbs as well: Rosemary, Basil, Garlic, etc. I found it to be a nice alternative to the usual green bean dishes you see out there.
Chez US (San Francisco, CA) we had our first good year of tomatoes (we have been trying for 6 years) and have been using them whenever we can. For this event we decided to make Eggplant Dolmas. The dish was bursting with flavor and the tomatoes really showed their sweetness with the eggplant and peppers. It was even better the next day. We decided that it will be a favorite in our house!
Thank you to everyone who contribued to this fun event. I had a great time reading about all your dishes and what you are growing. Maria at A Scientist in the Kitchen is hosting the next round of Grow Your Own, be sure to enter again! We love reading your recipes!