The last time I was in Spain visiting Pilar, her brother Rafael made a breakfast I will never forget.
This breakfast was simple, beautiful and delicious! He made it almost every day — right at the table!
There was always a bowl of freshly picked, sun-kissed, summer tomatoes on the kitchen table in Pilar’s family home. Rafael would grab a tomato and and grate it! (Have you ever grated a tomato? I hadn’t!) Skin, seeds and all, he grated it!
Rafael would then sprinkle the sweet tomato purée with a bit of coarse sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
A quick drizzle of Spanish extra virgin olive oil, and it was done! Well . . . almost done.
There was also always another bowl on the table — one filled with fresh, rustic baguettes. Rafael would grab one, and tear a big piece off to dip into the tomato deliciousness.
This must begin with an absolutely wonderful tomato — right off the vine if possible!
Are you growing tomatoes? Are your neighbors?