Heirloom Tomato + Japanese Shiso Salad Recipe
“When the gardeners are away, the possums will play”…and eat our tomatoes! We just returned a few hours ago from a much needed and last minute road trip. Details on our adventures and food finds over the past few days will be revealed in a video and post next week! Unfortunately during our short, but sweet departure, the darn possums went to town in our garden while we were out of town. Literally, this is so true. When we left a few days ago, our brandywine tomato plant had a beautiful, huge and plump tomato, almost ready to be picked. Upon return from our mini road trip, we were anticipating and already tasting, our very first brandywine tomato of the year. When we arrived back home, we went straight to the garden, expecting to fine the picture perfect and huge “tomato for two” brandywine waiting for us to snap it off the vine. Instead, we did find the tomato, but it was half eaten!! Those darn possums helped themselves our our precious brandywine tomatoes as well as our sungold tomatoes!
Possum thieves!! Luckily, there’s still one Brandywine left.
The Sun Gold tomatoes should look like this…
Not like this…tomato-less! UGH!
Normally, Sierra, the “White Jaws” of the garden and our possum chaser was with us on our trip, so there was no “White Jaws” to protect the garden from the vicious teeth and ravenous appetites of the possums! Damn the possums! She’s always camped out in the garden late into the night, getting very little sleep, to chase all the pests from the garden( possums, squirrels, rats, cats, nosy neighbors) from the yard and protecting all the valuable vegetables that would have otherwise become victims to the night theivery . This is the first time they’ve actually attacked our tomatoes and literally eaten all the tomatoes on the vines, leaving only a snipped off stem with out a tomato to be found. Looking at the tomato-less stems is enough to drive any gardener crazy with envy and jealousy! Let’s just hope the possums enjoyed the appreciated the amazing vine-ripened tomatoes that they stole from us. Do you think they even knew the quality of tomatoes they ate?
Grrr!! Next time, the orange tiger toy will be a possum!
Lucky she was on vacation with us or else…
Go ahead and try to take the last tomato , make Sierra’s Day!
Even the wise one couldn’t save the tomatoes!
Such a good guard puppy and tomato protector
Apparently possums don’t like Shiso, theres plenty left in the herb garden!
The recipe is from this wonderfully simple and fresh recipe from Diary of A Foodie on Gourmet.com. This perfect recipe is perfectly light and complimenting to the fresh garden heirlooms tomatoes. A touch of sweetness of the shallot dressing is a fine compliment to the already sweet, summery bliss of the heirloom tomatoes. The only change we made to the recipe was replacing grape-seed oil with the corn oil. We prefer using grape-seed oil for the shallot dressing because this oil is much lighter and cleaner tasting. It’s the perfect compliment to the sweet vine ripened tomatoes. Just a light kiss of the grape-seed oil is all you need to keep this summer-y salad bursting with tomato and shiso flavor.