It’s winter in Australia. And I have to tell you, until I joined French Fridays with Dorie, I didn’t really appreciate what winter meant! This is where we spend our winters…
I took these last weekend.
I’ve alway declared to everyone and anyone that I prefer winter! But for us, winter means pretty much everything we do in summer minus the swimming.
I had no idea what a real winter was until I joined French Fridays with Dorie and began reading blogs from all around the globe. My goodness I was naive!
The snow and freezing temps were no longer limited to television. I was reading about real people living in these conditions and the impact of the weather on their daily lives and activities. I was also looking at the most exquisite and perfect photos of snow! My goodness the stuff is gorgeous!
We don’t see much of it around here. It’s a real shame!
On the upside though, we get to enjoy salads like this year round…
Dorie’s Mozzarella, Tomato and Strawberry Salad.
I made just enough for one.
Partly because I was hesitant about combining strawberries and tomatoes. And then seasoning with salt and pepper.
Mostly because I was home alone for lunch, a rare ocurance!
So I chopped up 4 strawberries, 4 tomatoes, seasoned them with salt and pepper and served them next to a couple of slices of mozzarella, lightly drizzled with olive oil. I topped the lot with 4 shredded leaves of basil and a few crushed pink peppercorns (okay, I didn’t have the peppercorns) but it still tasted absolutely amazing!
Sweet, juicy, tangy, fresh and totally satisfying! Really enjoyed it and will make it again (with the pink peppercorns next time)
Check out what others thought of and did with, this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe.
June 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm
Your winter is MY kind of winter! Look at all that gorgeous sunlight, and no ones really wrapped up. It’s great that you get strawberries all year round. Half tbe strawberries we eat come from Australia but this time round, none made it here!
June 25, 2011 at 12:30 am
Mmm, you can enjoy seasonal produce like this year-round? Let me call up my moving company….
June 25, 2011 at 1:00 am
Beautiful photos. Your salad looks perfect and I’m so happy that you loved it! 🙂
June 25, 2011 at 1:33 am
Agreed – I could really get behind that kind of winter 🙂
Love the pictures & your salad looks like it still fits into your “winter”.
June 25, 2011 at 2:33 am
wow. just. wow. love your pics!
June 25, 2011 at 2:45 am
Your strawberries look so red and vibrant! Great post!
June 25, 2011 at 3:44 am
This looks like a very tasty recipe. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading today’s post.
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June 25, 2011 at 5:27 am
Love the pics, I’ll be making this one again!
June 25, 2011 at 6:24 am
Your winter looks like mine! I only wish we could plant strawberries year round (it is usually too hot). I’m glad you enjoyed it!
June 25, 2011 at 8:07 am
I wouldn’t mind winter either, if I could live where you live! How beautiful! Your salad is also beautiful and how nice you get to enjoy such lovely fruit and vegetables all year long. Nice post!
June 25, 2011 at 10:01 am
I think most of us would agree you don’t want to trade your winter for ours! I made this salad again tonight using mozzarella and have to say the casatica is better since it has more flavor.
June 25, 2011 at 11:01 am
Yeah, a tough winter you have there:) I cannot complain as we now live in Southern California, but for years we were battling snow storms in the Midwest:) No more!
I love the traditional Caprese salad, and this little twist was wonderful! I enjoyed the sweet note of the ripe strawberries against the mild mozzarella and assertive taste of basil.
June 25, 2011 at 11:57 am
Ha! Your winter looks nicer than our summer, even. Your salad looks terrific. How lucky to be able to have gorgeous strawberries in winter. Nice job on the salad. I hope you had an enjoyable lunch solo.
June 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm
I was at Manly beach in January on vacation, what a beautiful fun place!
This an easy salad to make for lunch for one person, great idea- it looks delicious;-)
June 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Beautiful and I’d love to be on that beach. It is so hot here right now it is like opening the oven door and sticking your body in, but I love it. I have become so accustomed to the heat that I have a hard time going anywhere else, but I think I could handle your winter just fine…looks lovely, and so does your salad. I was hesitant about the strawberries and tomatoes together too, but it works.
June 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm
It’s not an intuitive combination, but it works really well, doesn’t it? Your winter looks lovely – swimming is probably not much to give up when you still have such lovely-looking weather.
June 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm
Such stunning salad! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m hopping a jet and coming to visit you when the first blizzard of winter hits 😉
July 8, 2011 at 6:55 am
Looks wonderful! Beautiful, vibrant colors…my mouth is watering…
July 10, 2011 at 11:23 am
I think I could easily get used to living where you live! 🙂 Your salad looks delicious.