This has been a long post coming...my big brother graduated his masters in fine arts a few months ago, and I promised him I would make a dish dedicated to him, with his favorite vegetable. FENNEL!!
My brother is 2 years older than me...and has always been a HUGE part of my life. My family traveled around quiet a bit and because of this we were always friends for each other. I miss him. He has yet to meet my littlest one, hopefully this winter.
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So this dish is dedicated to him, Congratulations A!!
I am so very proud of you, and think your work is amazing. I wanted to make this dish for you to eat, but alas you live SO far away, hopefully you will want to make it for you and C :)
At first I was thinking a cold soup...summer and all. I just feel that you don't get the same flavor of tomatoey goodness, unless simmered on the stove. I didn't want to simmer all the vegetables so I roasted the fennel in the oven. If you wanted to you could chill it...it would be great that way too.
Summer Tomato & Fennel Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion- diced
1 garlic clove- sliced
2 stalks of celery- diced
4 ripe tomatoes- chopped
1 tsp paprika
2 cups water
1 head of fennel- separated, oiled and roasted until soft
sea salt & freshly ground pepper
pinch of sugar
In a medium pot heat oil. Add onions and garlic. Saute until soft
Add celery and tomatoes. Saute until soft, add the paprika, and saute until absorbed.
bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
Blend in batches. Season to taste.
Fried Green Tomatoes
4 green tomatoes
2 tbsp ground flax seed- mixed with 6 tbsp boiling water
1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried dill weed
In a small bowl combine flax mixture with milk
In another small bowl combine dry ingredients.
Dip tomatoes in wet
Dredge in dry
Heat pan with about 1 inch of sunflower oil, and fry until golden on both sides.
The oil in the picture is basil oil...
Blanch 1/2 cup basil leafs in boiling water for 30 seconds.
Blend with sunflower oil, strain.