September 14th, 2011

Last tastes of summer

peachesandverbena

I just received a phone call from a good friend of mine who is spending the month on the Island of Limnos in Greece. Much of her husband’s extended family live on the island and they are always dropping in for impromptu meals of garden salads and local seafood. My friend told me she found fresh langoustines and has kilos of sun-ripe tomatoes and peppers to keep her entertained for most of the day.
It made me long for summer, which is quickly fading away, and ripe peaches and lemon verbena, as in the photo above. It’s a simple salad I like to make with just a squeeze of fresh lemon. Peaches are also wonderful, peeled, lightly poached in Lillet Blanc and lemon verbena, one of my favorite herbs for its heady lemony fragrance and flavor.

WHAT SUMMER FLAVORS WILL YOU MISS?

Comments

    Raspberries – delightful soft ripe raspberries – have to be grown local for the full joyful flavour.

    I will miss blueberries which I would put in Greek yogurt.

    I’m with you both on soft ripe raspberries and bright ripe blueberries, eaten sun-warmed bu the handful.

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