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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Oil: The Cornerstones of Mediterranean Health

Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Oil: The Cornerstones of Mediterranean Health

Well maybe I exaggerate a little bit, but olive oil and vegetables surely are the basic ingredients of a Mediterranean healthy diet. So why not showing some good tomatoes with garlic (good for the bones, or so they say!). As you can guess this dish wouldn't have surprised me much if it weren't for the marvelous display. One thing to point out here is that traditionally we use small juicy tomatoes (not these salad ones) to rub a toast or a slice of bread, which is then dressed with olive oil and salted. The toast garnished in such a way is called torrada de pa amb tomàquet and can be eaten as is or accompanied indistinctly with slices of ham, sausages, salami...anchovies sometimes or whatever you can think of. Garlic on the toast is optional but widely used and it must be rubbed first, before tomatoes of course. To finish, just remember this picture was taken in Monistrol de Montserrat in Barcelona. More to come...

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:28 AM

    :))
    ooo...about the recipes.
    each time that made me dizzy, bigger head...:P
    but really lovely photo about that.. tomatoes??
    so cute ones!i would buy if i could see such cute vege in the market here.
    :))
    ...Jing

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  2. Thanks for the early comment jing. I wish I could treat you for some nice ripe tomatoes-)

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  3. As theyn say in the restaurant business, great presentation. It looks great and I'd like to partake--not here but in Spain.

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  4. Be my guest Kate. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Mmmm, those green/red tomatoes look really nice!
    I love Spanish food!

    Greetings from Chile

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  6. I have never seen those huge tomatoes. What is their name ? I have just be able to read 'campos'.

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  7. Thanks Edulabbe. Me too!
    Thanks Mathiew. "campos" means fields, but can also be a family name, probably part of the name of the company or cooperative selling those vegetables.

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  8. Una de los geniales ingredientes de la comida española es el aceite de oliva, es algo admirado en mi país, pero allá cuesta caro.

    Gracias por la información Carlos.

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  9. What a delightfully artistic arrangement! Great capture, Carlos! And bon appetit!

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  10. Per fi algun aliment en condicions...Té molt de realisme la captura.

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  11. gracias por la receta ^.^
    esa combinación es muy buena.

    muchos saludos

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  12. can i have some ;)

    great display, and healthy as well.

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  13. mmm... pa amb tomaquet y oli! Nothing can be better! Appetizing picture!

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  14. Anonymous9:51 AM

    mmmm..its presented so beautifully. Gave me ideas for lunch today ;)

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