Even though we’re well into Autum now, it’s a beautiful day in Groningen and I am feeling summery. By coincidence, one of the vendors at the market carried large (VERY large!) beefsteak tomatoes today, a rare event around here. One can buy decent tomatoes, to be sure, but to find large ones, large enough to stuff, that is, happens only once or twice a year. And so today I set about making one of my favourite summer dishes from Greece: stuffed tomatoes.
Of all the food shows I have watched in the last few years, one of the most interesting ones is a show on China Central Television called A Bite of China. As far as I can tell, there are currently 7 episodes, all of which are available online with English subtitles (links at the end of this post).
The summer has been too short, this year. Maybe it’s because the academic year ended late for me, or maybe it is because we never really had much sunshine in Groningen this year. Maybe it’s just that we’ve have too many irons in the fire. New house, young child, full-time jobs, tables to build, food columns to write, research projects to supervise, spoons to carve… The list is endless. Not that I’m complaining. As intense as the year has been, it has also been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.
Last September, after talks with the editor of the UK, the newspaper of the University of Groningen, I started writing a fortnightly food column for them. I suggested we call this column “The Epicurean”, she agreed, and the first piece was published on September 16th, 2011. Today, after a year’s worth of columns, I decided it was time for a refresh of the design of the Epicurean page on this site. Have a look.