Watermelon Caprese

IMG_0455Caprese salad is known for its display of the Italian flag’s colours, with its red tomatoes, green basil & fresh mozzarella. It’s is one of my all time favourite salads when the summer creates amazing tomatoes. We’ve been enjoying it over the last couple of summers using a buffalo Burrata instead of fresh Mozzarella.

This summer I started playing with the idea of switching out the mozzarella with another vegetable or fruit. Using thinly sliced watermelon in place of the white cheese, makes a delectable, fresh & summery salad. When a bit of Burrata is scattered over the top, it becomes a great summer version of Caprese. I use yellow or orange beefsteak type tomatoes, with dense interiors that have lots of flesh (mesocarp) with many small seed pockets. These contrast beautifully with the pink watermelon, reminding me of summer sunsets. Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

IMG_1263Ten years or so ago, I came up with the idea of an art auction to raise money for our community hall.  Everyone could donate art that they no longer wanted on their own walls, or something that they had created themselves.  We had some wild pieces, as well as some that were really beautifully done.  We held another art auction in the summer of 2011, as well as one last summer, which did even better.    We wondered if it was something that we could do year after year.  Apparently there’s no shortage of art that people are willing to donate, and to buy!

The original event was held in April and kicked off with a Lasagne dinner & the Art Auction, followed the next day with a Community Breakfast and Walkathon around the island.  We had a couple of large whalers to transfer us from one point to the next, as we don’t have a circuitous road, more like a wishbone.

Here’s the lasagne I came up with for that event.  We did half of them vegetarian, and half with beef.  My favourite was and still is the vegetarian version.  This recipe makes a large roasting pan full, enough for 18 good-sized servings. Continue reading