There are loads of food events going on up and down the country all throughout the year, but the London Produce Show is the one I most look forward to. It’s primarily a global trade event, but you get to see the up and coming trends within the fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers industry. There are also forums, which discuss topics such as proposals to get more children eating fruit and vegetables, to cooking demonstrations by the likes of Harrods Sous Chef, Alastair Dibbs. I recently attended this year’s event and left, as always, feeling very inspired.
All the produce on display was fresh, inviting and ripe for the picking. I managed to bag a lot of produce. When I have fresh, tasty, produce this good, I like to keep dishes simple, to let the flavour of the produce shine. My haul included several varieties of tomatoes that actually taste of tomatoes; intensely sweet and full of flavour. A dish that I think lets this beauty of a fruit shine is a Mozzeralla, Tomato and Basil Salad. It’s embarrassingly easy to do, no real recipe required. All you need are some fresh and tasty tomatoes, good quality mozzarella, fresh basil, extra virgin oil and sprinkle of sea salt and a twist of freshly ground black pepper.
Note: if your tomatoes don’t taste of tomatoes and are rock hard and bland, don’t make this dish, it will disappoint.
Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad
A simple taste of Italy
- A selection of ripe, tasty tomatoes
- 1 mozzarella, sliced or ripped apart
- handful fresh basil, torn
- 2 tbsps extra virgin oil
- sprinkle of sea salt
- a few twists of freshly ground black pepper.
- Step 1 Nicely lay the mozzarella on a plate, then add the tomatoes, basil and drizzle with oil oil. Then add salt and pepper.