Finally tomatoes from my garden – not a lot but enough to make my favorite summer dish – gazpacho! Sometime I add paprika, sometimes is cayenne pepper, sometime it fresh herbs. Often I wait to add the spices just as I am enjoying a bowlful. You can too with pepitas or sliced almonds for a Lyle crunch.

1 sweet onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 pepper
2 Jalepeno pepper
1 English Cucumber
2 lbs tomatoes

In a food processor combine everything except tomatoes. Process until finely chopped. Moved to a large bowl. Process tomatoes until almost puréed. Add to bowl, stir in pepper and salt. Chill.

Serves 4 – 6.


Eggplant casserole


This was loosely inspired by a recipe in Elizabeth David’s Mediterranean Cookbook. I grilled the eggplants and pepper for the stuffing and put it in a baking dish added some cheese and put into a casserole.

6 small eggplants
1 red pepper
1 onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb ground lamb
1/4 c bread crumbs
1/4 c grated cheese

Preheat BBQ to medium high. Grill eggplants and pepper turning every couple minutes until softened and nicely charred. Remove, cover with foil and let cool.

Scrape eggplant from skin and peal pepper. Add to a food processor and pulse until puréed.

Meanwhile cook onions in a little oil until softened, add garlic and lamb, cooking until meat is browned.

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine purée with meat and onions. Top with bread crumbs, pine nuts and cheese spray or drizzle with olive oil.

Serves 4.