It’s the first day of school! Beck left this morning to great fanfare and WAHHHHH MY BABY and also guilt because honestly who needs school at age two and a half so if she stop school after high school that’s still sixteen more years of freaking school and also I’M FREE and also thirty weeks pregnant today so not free for long, sucker, and I’m hungry.
It’s also 90 degrees here because of course it is. Climate change is a myth.
But we may as well soak it up, right? Even people who hate summer love summer; the nostalgia of freedom from school and longer days, more daylight, and freaking perfect fresh summer produce. Spring and fall greens and gourds are just nothing compared to tomatoes, corn, watermelon, and fresh herbs, so I’m going with it as long as the weather stays this warm. It’s my payment for excessive heat while pregnant – watermelon.
So today we’re using tomatoes and basil that are still everywhere in panzanella, aka bread salad, aka of course we should have bread in our salad. The dressing base is actually juice from the tomatoes, then we have salt, sugar, and shallot to round out the most delicious dressing. The bread gets crispy in the oven while bacon gets crispy on the stove, and honestly by the time we factor in the bacon and bread we should be just eating this for breakfast, shallot breath be damned.
I’m not above it.