Tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen in our garden. The small red tomatoes have strong rich flavor, but thick tough skin.
Some of the big yellow tomatoes are getting ripe. Simple is best with such wonderful tomatoes: peeled, roughly chopped, a bit of salt and pepper topping lovely pasta with good olive oil, and excellent parmesan.
Begin to peel at the stem end by cutting a part of a circle then spiraling and turning the tomato to cut the peel into a ribbon.
Put the strip skin down on a counter and roll from the blossom end to make the center of a rose. Finish with the partial circle as an outside petal.
If the ribbon is too long, or it breaks, make rosebuds.
Secure with a piece of dry spaghetti if you like. Basil leaves would be pretty. Or curly green onions.
Apple peels could also be used to make roses, though you’d want to dip them into lemon juice to prevent browning. I remember making apple pies, and we girls tried to peel the apples in one continuous strip. When tossed unto the table, the strip was supposed to form the initial of your future spouse.