I had the chance of going to the bazaar around here yesterday, and I realized how I missed shopping at bazaar. You know I was so busy and I didn’t have enough time to go to a bazaar as it is open just on Monday, which was the hectic time of the week for me until this week. As one of the classes finished last Monday, I will have enough time to feast my eyes on lots of organic vegetables and fruits. The bazaar was like a colorful festival yesterday with its stunning Spring fruits like green plums, strawberries, black mulberries, apricots, loquats and cherries. All these can be found at this time of year and they don’t have very long lives. These beauties show themselves about a month, so I bought some from all of them and I enjoy throwing one every now and then while writing this post.
Another thing making me happy was the quality and the price of tomatoes. They are always expensive during Winter although they don’t taste like a real tomato. You know winter is not its season. And it was 50% cheaper and much more tasty, so I bought a big bag of tomatoes. I love to use tomatoes in dishes and to eat it raw. I remember that I used to eat tomatoes like apples, just biting into it. I didn’t know then how tomatoes are helpful on different problems of our body like rheumatism, cancer and stomach problems. I would eat it because I would love its sourness. We had a small garden and mom and dad would grow vegetables there. When mom entered the house with a big bowl of newly picked fragrant tomatoes which were in various colors like pink, orange and red, it was impossible not to grab one. Who can resist it? I can’t forget the taste of those tomatoes, they were absolutely different. I would take a bite and when I reached its seeds, I would sprinkle a little salt to give it a sourish flavor. Tomato was like any other fruits for me, it wasn’t in the category of vegetables and it was one of my favorite snacks during the day. However, as I don’t have the chance of growing tomatoes, I can’t find those tomatoes of my childhood at markets. The ones at bazaar in this season are very similar, though. That’s why I bought that many.
And the first thing I made with these tomatoes (I mean after snacking some) was a breakfast surprise: Tomatoes stuffed with cheese.
Ingredients (serving: 2)
- 2 tomatoes
- ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Parsley leaves, chopped
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Chili powder
Wash the tomatoes well. Cut their top and discard the seeds. And do you know what to do with these? Throw them directly into your mouth! Seriously, I did it. but if you don’t feel like doing so, put them in a small bowl, keep in the refrigerator so that you can use it in a sauce or in another dish next time.
Mix the chopped parsley and olive oil with cheese and stuff the tomatoes with this mixture. Sinally put a little chili powder on each. You can drizzle a little more olive oil on the top if you like.
Note: I read somewhere that olive oil helps to reveal the vitamins in tomato when entering the body, so it’s necessary to use some with tomatoes.
There is also another version of stuffed tomatoes in my blog, but that one was cooked in oven and was stuffed with yellow cheese (kashar). You can find it here.