Thought I’d doodlewash another of my summer favorites to bring to the #DoodlewashDinner, homegrown tomatoes with fresh basil. Since I’m not a fan of the extreme heat that summers here can often bring, this delicious combo makes it all worth it! Just as exciting as the arrival of fresh tomatoes is for me, it’s also bittersweet to see them go again. Hot house tomatoes just don’t taste the same and during the rest of year, tomatoes lose their allure. I assume this is why I find this time so amazing and were tomatoes always available, then I would lose much of my devout appreciation for them. But I really wish they could hang around much longer.
A member of the deadly nightshade family, tomatoes freaked early Europeans out because they assumed they were poisonous. The leaves are actually a touch poisonous, but you’d have to consume about a pound and a half to notice any adverse side effects. Regardless, the shiny fruit is where the party is and it’s loaded with Vitamin C so eat up! Basil isn’t a slouch either as they contain compounds that are know to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities. Put the two together and you have a heck of a healthy snack that actually tastes great!
Tonight, I’m heading to a real life Doodlewash Dinner hosted by my friend Aesha. This is only the second time we’ve tried this, but it’s tons of fun! Basically, you just invite people over, eat, drink and break out the paints instead of Pictionary after dinner. There’s always someone new to painting which makes it even more fun, and also proves that anybody can paint, it just takes a brush. Painting really well, of course, takes a lot of practice and painting after a few glasses of wine can have its own challenges, but anything done with friends and laughter is way more fun! That’s why I’m so happy many of you are joining me for dinner this month, and there’s many days ahead if you haven’t yet. I hope you’ll join in! I’ve never liked to eat alone.
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!