Posted by: kauaikolea2 | August 10, 2011

You Say “Tomato”…..

and some say “tomahto”, but either way, the love apple is a feature of this year’s Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair, August 25 to August 28, according to the on-island paper.

Did you know that in the 1500s and 1600s, as the tomato was moving about the world with explorers that some people would not eat it, claiming that it was poisonous?  But the French to the rescue here!  They dubbed it pomme d’amour, which means “love apple” (from the former belief in the tomato’s  aphrodisiac powers) — plus the French just knew the tomato was a fruit not a vegetable (fruits have seeds…..).

What’s not to love about the tomato?  And what’s not to love about a County Fair?  Come out and enjoy the bounty of Kaua’i, pick up some tomatoes there or at any one of the Farmers’ Markets on island (there is a market every day of the week somewhere on Kaua’i), and try a new recipe.

Tomato and Cheese Strata

10 slices white bread

4 ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 c shredded Cheddar cheese

4 scallions, chopped

2 c milk

4 large eggs

salt, pepper, herbs to taste

Lightly butter or oil a 8-inch square baking dish. Place 4 slices of bread over the bottom of the dish. Arrange 1/2 of the tomato slices, cheese, and scallions over bread. Top with 6 slices of bread and the rest of the tomatoes, cheese, and scallions. Whisk milk, eggs, and seasonings together. Pour over the ingredients in the pan. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes.

Here is a quick salad recipe, one that can be whipped together for lunch in our condohotels ( or 1 855 HULA NOW ).  For folks on the mainland, substitute orange segments or a tin of Mandarin oranges for the mango.

Kaua’i Panzella

1/2 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1/2-inch squares

2 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1/2 c mango, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

6 green onions (include some of the green part), sliced

1/2 c crumbled blue cheese or a local goat cheese

2 T chopped parsley

1/4 c olive oil

Bread should be rather stale, so if not, pop cubes into the microwave to crisp up and dry out.  Tip bread cubes into a bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and toss.  Let salad sit for 30 minutes before taking out to the lanai to enjoy with the sights and sounds of the waves.

So, tomato or tomahto, here is to the love apples of Kaua’i!

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