Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lemons and Tomatoes

I have been creative in the kitchen the past several days.  First was the chocolate cake I posted about yesterday.  Then yesterday we were supposed to have supper at a friend's house, so I didn't want to eat anything that would spoil my appetite, but I was in the "snack" mode.  Another friend had given me some fresh tomatoes the other day and I hadn't used them yet.  I'm the only one in the house that will eat fresh tomatoes, so it was a good choice for a snack.  A few weeks ago I received an email message that told all about lemons and how good they are to enhance whatever you might be cooking.  It suggested that you should not discard the lemon peel, but rather freeze your lemon whole and grate the lemon onto whatever you are cooking/preparing, right from the freezer.  I have a couple in the freezer right now in a Ziploc bag... so I decided I would try it on my tomato slices.  I sliced the tomato onto my plate.  I took a fine grater that you would typically use for lemon peel... I wasn't sure it would grate the lemon while still frozen... but it worked just fine.  On two slices I maybe used the equivalent of 1/2 teaspoon of grated lemon.  I then sprinkled some black pepper on them, and just a dash of salt.  The tomato flavor just popped.  Totally awesome.  A snack worth repeating.
Now if you are interested in the lemon article, I have it saved as a Word document, but I am not sure how to attach that here, so if you leave a comment or send an email message, I will send you the article.  It was definitely worth reading... and there are some good tips regarding the health benefits.

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