buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil

theres really no point introducting much here. anything ill say will have been said before. but i will just say that this: dinner arose out of a need for beauty. the visual content of my day consisted of this. my gastronomic experience consisted of a bucket of anemic, undercooked and yet overcooked, floury hot chips from a student union employee who was lacking entirely in personality and joie de chip. if thats not enough im parenting a ferment that grows fouler by the day. so there was a sudden and pressing need to redress an imbalance and in a world devoid of beauty, return some small reminder that it still exists.

ingredients (yes its cheese and tomato but it still takes love and thought. any fool can tear some mozzarella and call it ‘sexy’ and slap it on an earthy wooden board and call it ‘rustic’ but heres what makes it taste better than it looks)

250g buffalo mozzarella

2 ripe tomatoes (and i threw in a couple of cherry tomatoes because i could)

marinade ingredients

grated zest of half lemon

15 basil leaves sliced very finely lengthways

2tsp oregano

4tsp good olive oil

1 garlic clove crushed

salt and pepper

put all marinade ingredients together and mix to combine. break up mozzarella, smear the marinade over the top and let it sit for 20 minutes. meanwhile cut tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper. serve next to the mozzarella and give final drizzle of olive oil. beauty restored.

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4 Responses to “buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil”


  1. 1 Matthieu June 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    indeed mlove, you have taken cheese and tomato, avoided the cliche of the ponce and made beauty fit for eating and delighting in. the other bits on the cutting room floor were delish too.

  2. 2 schlepseleh June 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    shhhhhh…we must not speak of them. never show weakness in front of the russians.

  3. 3 Tes June 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Lovely fresh recipe. I love it. It is going to be a hit in my party. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4 jo June 19, 2010 at 1:17 am

    i wish i was going to a party.


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