Spring Sunshine

Spring Blossom

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:

Beef Tomatoes 1

Beef Tomatoes 2

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.

Italian Salad

Italian Salad 1

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!

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  1. Chris
    April 11, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    I am a huge fan of Italian simplicity. It is how my mom and grandma cooked. 🙂 I have tomatoes….now I am wishing I picked up some mozzarella this morning! Looks delightful!

  2. Sharon
    April 11, 2010 / 10:20 pm

    Those tomatoes look fantastic – definitely good to go for something simple when the produce is that good! My mouth is watering just looking at it – fingers crossed for many more summery days!

  3. Megan Carroll
    April 11, 2010 / 10:23 pm

    I love the red against the wood… and the simplicity of the of salad with out lettuce.

  4. Suzler
    April 11, 2010 / 10:43 pm

    The weather has been so lovely. Now for it to stay like this until … autumn? Wishful thinking, perhaps.

    Those tomatoes look absolutely stunning. Gorgeous photos!

  5. ControlCalorie
    April 12, 2010 / 11:41 am

    Wow. Such simple dish and such simple preparation. Thanks for sharing this one.

  6. Alex
    April 12, 2010 / 2:09 pm

    I'm so jealous of your caprese salad in April!

  7. Audrina Attic
    April 12, 2010 / 9:50 pm

    That looks delicious, I am regretting not growing my own tomatoes this year!

  8. ilovemyhouse
    April 14, 2010 / 6:03 am

    Caprese is the best!However i think every ingredient should be perfect, sure looks like perfect to me this one.xxx

  9. Julia
    April 15, 2010 / 7:52 am

    I'm glad you all like the salad and the piccies. Let's hope we can all enjoy many more summary days this year!

  10. monica
    April 16, 2010 / 10:22 pm

    beautiful, Julia just stunning! the weather here is awesome as well…makes everything just a little sweeter.

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