School’s out forev…uh, summer, that is…

Summer is here. The schools have released their captives back into the world, the sun is merciless, the realization that my body was not yet prepared for swimsuit season has sunk in….it’s totally summer, dawg.

So what does one do to celebrate? Eat.

Remember these?

With the help of my new favourite cookbook, Donnay Hay’s Off The Shelf, I turned them into THIS:

THE perfect summer-is-here-and-it’s-freaking-hot-and-I-am-
staying-inside-and-need-sustinence lunch.

It is simply named: “cherry tomato
Adapted from: Off The Shelf: Cooking From the Pantry by Donna Hay

Cook 14 oz pasta (such as penne, rigatoni…I used farfalle) in salted water until al dente, drain.
Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium-low heat, add 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 pint cherry tomatoes. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until tomatoes are golden and tender. (NOTE: they will begin “popping” once they heat up, so you may want to keep a lid handy! Just don’t cover completely.)
Add a handful of chopped basil and toss all ingredients together.
Sprinkle with sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, basalmic vinegar and grated parmesan cheese. I was out of parmesan, and it was wonderful even still!
And in true Donna Hay fashion, this was simple and quick – about 12 minutes start to finish.

Bring on the summer. I’m eating.


8 thoughts on “School’s out forev…uh, summer, that is…

  1. Mmm, that really does look summery and wonderful!

    You know, I’m getting the feeling that soon I’ll break down, and just go out and buy one of Ms. Hay’s cookbooks. Everything people make from them just looks so lovely.

  2. s’kat -get thee to and buy thou donna hay’s book! you won’t regret it!

    garrett – glad this inspired you! it was sooooo good! if you get a chance to get some fresh cherry tomatoes, be sure to try this dish (and let me know how you liked it!)

    jamie – yes! i would LOVE any and ALL of your tomato recipes! go tomatoes!

    krysten – oh wait, you didn’t leave a comment. 🙂

  3. what part of “tomato” do you not understand….


    just kidding…actually if i cut the tomatoes in half i would totally eat this. i actually ate raw tomatoes in a salad last night. *shrugs*

  4. oh man oh man, can I please have a taste? Something about tomatoes make me so happy, and of course I love DH’s recipes.

    I’ll have to make that!

  5. I love Donna Hay. I have her “Flavours” book and it’s very good. Her recipes are so simple but look great and, most importantly, taste great.

  6. krys – you ate RAW TOMATOES????!!! i am so…*sniff* proud of you…

    matt – umm, hello! i was a little dazed for a while that MATT ARMENDARIZ commented on my site – haha! thanks for taking the time to stop by! glad you liked the looks of this dish…just wait till you get a taste! sooooo good!

    anna – and hello to you, too! thank YOU for stopping by! i am surely a DH fan for life – i love the simplicity of her every idea!

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