Tomato Confit

22 01 2009

The Count works part-time at something (I don’t know what) in Cairo.  He smells of dust and tombs every time he comes back.  Egyptian tomb walls by rhombitruncatedAnd he always bring something home with him, every time.

This time is was a box of tomatoes.  TOMATOES?!Red ripe tomatoes by Lubrico

Each was individually wrapped like something very special…similar to the pears that come each Christmas.  Just looking at them, it was hard for a small dog to understand why one would haul a box of tomatoes all the way from Egypt.  Then the wrappers came off…

The smell of fully ripe pomodori filled the entire cucina.  Heaven.  Just like late summer all over again.  Visions of pushing my snout into overripe tomatoes laying idle in the garden rushed into my little brain.  rotten tomatoes by demetri paridesIt dawned on me: the closest place to find ripe tomatoes in winter: Cairo.

Grazia quickly made off to the counter with every one.  She washed them and cut them in quarters.  She took all the seeds out and the inner chambers were sliced away to appear in some later-on sauce.roast tomato soup by †eardrop

She lay them all inside down on a cookie sheet, drizzled them with olive oil and salted them carefully, then pushed them in a slow oven for 3 hours. 

The result? Tomato Confit After by Jake(ymon)Tomato Confit, to toss with penne nd garlic; to serve with a roasted chicken, to place atop a fine slice of bread with a little goat cheese; all are joyously delicious.  Perfect for a little taste of summer on a cold winter day.tomato confit by chez pim


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