Farmer Victor did another harvest today.

It really is fun having a couple of things growing outside our door. The peppers and tomatoes are doing great, as are the herbs.  Unfortunately, the critters are loving them, too.  A couple of absolutely perfectly red and ripe tomatoes had been attacked.  We’re now at the point where we have to pick the big ones before they fully ripen if we want to eat them!  I actually don’t mind the critters having a meal now and again, but it does irk me when they go for the absolutely-most-perfect-tomato and then don’t even eat it all!

Oh well…

I knew at lunch that dinner was going to involve fresh-baked bread and tomatoes and peppers, but I wasn’t really sure how it was all going to come together.  Victor started and I followed his lead.

Farmer Victor roasted the green peppers and then peeled and drizzled olive oil, minced fresh garlic, and salt and pepper on them.  I had the bread in the oven so I knew dinner was going to be picky-foods.  Stuff on top of bread.  How could that be wrong?!?

I had the bread dough in the ‘fridge, so it was just a 30 minute rise outside (in Mother Nature’s Proofing Box) and 30 minutes in the oven. Active work time was less than 5 minutes.

Roasted peppers meant sausage and onions.  And candied tomatoes.  I had some andouille sausage in the freezer, so that came out and was fried up with half a red onion. Candied tomatoes was another no-brainer.  I am infatuated with them!  They are just the most fun way to eat cherry tomatoes!  I’m loving them.

And since there was a hunk of brie in the ‘fridge, the tomato jam from the other day came out along with some pecans.  Into the oven it went to ooze goodness…  The tomato jam is another serious keeper.  I see more of that in our future.

And, with slices of bread in hand, we dove in!

The fun part was making all of the different combinations… Peppers and candied tomatoes, sausage and peppers, sausage and cheese, onions and tomatoes, cheese, onions, and peppers, tomatoes and sausage, a little bit of everything…  There were just too many combinations but I tried as many as I could.

It really was a great dinner.  Lots of variety, lots of flavor, and lots of fun.