Ever since I started growing (and obsessing over) tomatoes on my back porch, few things make me as happy as the perfect tomato. Doesn’t this one look amazing?
Unfortunately, I cannot take credit for this one, but it does provide me with some inspiration for my little plant. My favorite thing about tomatoes is that there is so much you can do with them. I picked these ones up at the market a few days ago and had so much fun roasting them in the oven. They look so fresh!
In order to roast them, here’s what I did. Cut them in half and line them up on a cookie pan (I used parchment paper) as shown above. Drizzle some olive oil and add a few unpeeled garlic cloves (about 3-4) like so:
You then put them in the oven at 200 degrees F for 2.5 to 3 hours.
When you take them out, they should look like this:
From there, you can enjoy them on their own or throw them into your favorite pasta or onto your favorite pizza! Here’s what I did with them:
We’ve been able to get away from the boxes and the house work over the past little while and have gone out and to enjoy Halifax – we even took a road trip to Cape Breton to see the Cabot trail!
Last week-end we went to check out the Al Fresco Film Festo which is an outdoor film fest on the Halifax Seaport. It was so beautiful to be sitting outside with about a thousand other people watching “What about Bob?” (Did I mention that the theme of this year’s festival is “Bill Murray”? So random but amazing at the same time. They are screening a Bill Murray film every Friday!). We felt so Atlantic as we watched a few sailboats pull up next to the dock to watch along with us.
The next morning we checked out the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market which we also absolutely loved. Lots of vendors selling fresh, organic veggies as well as a variety of things from home cooked ethnic foods to pies to jewellery. It was fun to be out early exploring the market and tasting the yummy pastries. Once the market started getting a bit too crowded for our liking, we headed to Point Pleasant park for some Yoga by the ocean. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know by now that I am all about the outdoor Yoga. Having loved “Yoga on the hill” this summer, I was pleased to see that I could now join up something just as beautiful here. To me, there is just something special about being outdoors and in community with others. Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed the class and will be going back for sure. For such a small city, this place has a lot going on!
To make a great week-end even better, we checked out a local Pizza place called Salvatore’s that was recommended to us by a friend. We weren’t really in any particular mood for pizza, but it was the only place we could find that was open late so we decided to try it. I don’t even know where to start about this pizza. We got the “Pomodoro” – sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese and fresh garlic. It was a perfect pizza. A ten out of ten. I’m not sure if I should be happy or concerned that we discovered this place at the beginning of our time here…