Tuesday, May 25, 2010


There's a glut of beautiful tiny plum tomatoes in Brixton Market at the moment. Crushed, they make an excellent and very sweet Panzanella. And today it got more interesting. Now there's scented yellow ones. Here's what Steph and I made: (it's very simple)

Halved baby yellow tomatoes, a finely sliced red onion, a handful of salty black olives, and a massive wide leafed bunch of parsley, roughly chopped, some orzo pasta cooked in stock, and some toasted pine nuts. Dress with lots of nice olive oil and some italian white wine vinegar.

The salad is sweet with all sorts of tangy bits too, and it's wet because the tomatoes are so ripe. The weather's set to be good on Sunday, so surely this is the new pasta salad of choice? It makes for a sunny bowl. And next time I'm going to add a few anchovy fillets too.


  1. Oooh reckon I'm going to have a stab at that this weekend - it looks all sunshiney :-)

    Reckon my boys might even eat it - well a girl can hope!

    What's Panzanella?

    Katie xxx

  2. panzanella is amazing! it's over ripe tomatoes, preferable a bit mashed with something like a rolling pin, mix with stale bread, finely sliced red onion, black olives, capers, olive oil, some lemon juice and basil. the wetness from the tomatoes makes the bread soggy and sweet, and all the other stuff is really sharp. it makes for a perfect no-waste meal if you have the two main ingredients left over from something else. enjoy xxx

  3. This looks amazing!!
    I've been looking for orzo pasta for a while now but I think I'm looking in the wrong places as i can never find any - where did you get yours from? X

  4. Well that's decided things. I'm going to have to buy some orzo.

  5. Probably should have checked your deli before I wrote that - found some there! Amazing dinner! x

  6. fyi you can buy ORZO PASTA @ Rosie's in Brixton. Come and say hello! x