April 18, 2012
Ramps and Out-Of-Season Tomato Salad

Ramps! It is all I see, everywhere. They need nothing else other than a good bath (they are very dirty) and a good sear in some olive oil and salt. FInish them with lemon juice and they are something close to perfect. 

On another note, my unimportant stand against the seasonal ramp frenzy it to balance it out with something I miss and can't wait for anymore. Tomatoes.
How I like to deal with mediocre, out-of-season tomatoes is lots of herbs, lots of olive oil and thin slices of Serrano peppers.


Grilled Ramps with Olive Oil and Lemon

1 pound of ramps, washed and trimmed
olive oil
salt and pepper
lemon juice

Heat a large skillet over a high flame. Drizzle a bit of olive oil into the pan and then add the ramps with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Do not touch them. Let them sizzle and sear until you notice them turning brown. Then flip and repeat on the other side. 
Remove them from the pan and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 


Tomato Salad with Herbs and Serrano Peppers

4 of the best tomatoes you can find
1 or 2 Serrano peppers, depending on how spicy you like it
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Thinly slice the tomatoes crosswise into circles. Then cut the circles into quarters and lay on a platter. 
Scatter the herbs over and the Serrano peppers.
Drizzle with lots of olive oil, then finish with salt and pepper. 











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