As if the butter was not good enough, just add freshly picked tomatoes and you have perfection. ..
As I continue to travel through the rolling farm fields and jagged peaked country, making my way north through the foothills of the alps, I have discovered another specialty, as if the amazing butter, fresh baked bread, decadent pastries and perfectly brewed coffee weren’t enough.
The tomatoes, like in the Pacific Northwest, are in season here and almost every home has a garden filled with bountifully producing plants. At first, I was jealous at the sheer volume each weighted vine produced; gigantic heirloom reds, yellows, greens, magentas and sunshine orange tomatoes droop from the vines and bring more color to the plant than the stalk and leaves themselves.
At first taste, my jealousy turned into an insatiable craving. Each bite is inexplicably sweet, with a tender texture that exudes juice that drips down your arm as you bite directly into the vibrant flesh.
Needless to say, I could see no reason why combining the best of both foods, in this seemingly different world of flavors, would result in anything but perfection. So, today, as I sat at the top of a jagged peak over 9,000 feet up into the German alps, I smeared a traditional Bavarian roll with soft yellow butter and laid fresh slices of tomato on top. The lightly salty flavor from the butter was just enough to compliment the flavorful juices of the tomato as they soaked down into the airy bread.
Almost every tomato I have seen on my trip so far, in the local markets as well as on the farms and in home gardens, are what we call heirlooms. Here, this is the tomato norm and I only wish I could preserve some of their flavor long enough to bring home with me when I depart.
Their outstanding flavor lends to the simplicity of this combination. Or, enjoy a good tomato plain and simple, as you would an apple, as I did yesterday afternoon as a small child on the train next to me looked across the aisle in wonder.
Simply combine the best ingredients for the best results:
If you wish add: salt, pepper, basil or a drizzle of
balsamic reduction sauce.