Here in Saint-Aignan our summery weather is returning, maybe for a last stand. We had some good rains over the past two or three days, including a hard downpour late yesterday afternoon that surprised us.
Tomato salads have been on our menus for a couple of weeks now. Fresh, ripe tomatoes cut into wedges or slices, and seasoned with salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, shallots, and basil are the basic salad, with or without some mozzarella cheese.
Today, I'll be making okra and tomatoes, a southern U.S. classic. The okra is frozen, but tant pis — we haven't successfully grown okra here, despite a couple of good attempts. I think the weather is not consistently hot enough in a typical Saint-Aignan summer.
Okra isn't a vegetable we can find easily in France. Thank goodness for the Asian grocery in Blois. And for fresh tomatoes from the garden.