At around this time in April two years ago I was walking through fresh snow, here in England. As I looked through my camera lens at fragile spring flowers bending under the weight of cold snow I marvelled at the surprises the elements sometimes throw up. Snow in April, who’d have thought it?
And now, having seen winter visit spring, summer has decided stop by. It’s been quite glorious this weekend, and so warm that it felt like June when I was sitting in the garden. And not only has summer made an appearance in the weather but also in these gorgeous tomatoes I picked up from a local farm shop:
The overwhelming response when I asked on Twitter what I should do with them was to go for Italian simplicity, which I completely agreed with, and so I teamed them with buffalo mozzarella, torn basil leaves and extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Perfect.
It was absolutely delicious. What an utter joy and complete surprise to be eating such a summery salad in my garden with gorgeous sunshine beating down at this time of year. Let’s hope the good weather stays around for a little longer – goodness knows, after the seemingly never-ending winter we’ve just had, we deserve it!