Our Southern Table


| 4/6/2015 3:46:00 PM


Tags: Summer, Bruschetta, Easter, Rima Austin,

Rima AustinWith it being Easter weekend I decided not to do much around the homestead. Besides spring cleaning around the barn and burning old, rotted pallets and brush, I was otherwise lazy and enjoyed the beauty of the sunshine and quietness. On Sunday we all gathered at my sister’s house for a quiet Easter dinner of ham and everything that Southerners eat with that. I would go into detail but if you are from the South you pretty much have an idea of what was on the table.

This had me thinking about how much, as Southerners, food plays an important role in our lives. I don’t want anyone to think that I believe it doesn’t play a role in the lives of everyone but Southern tables are the only thing I can speak about that I have experience with. So yesterday, when I was looking at the spread, I was thinking about summer time being right around the corner. I was thinking about the smell of fresh cut grass and the heat that beats down on my skin when I’m working in the garden and how good that sun feels on my face when I close my eyes and turn my head upward toward it. I also thought about what kind of traditions we have in the summer as a family at Folly Mountain Farm. One of them is setting the picnic table with a white cotton tablecloth and real dishes and silverware.

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For some reason having a picnic with real dishes and silverware seems old fashioned to me and special. Plastic tableware seems too fleeting, as if we are on a road trip and need to hurry and eat because we have to make a certain point before the sun sets. There is something more pleasant and indelible about having to clear the table and take the dishes in to wash while sharing stories with each other and catching up on the gossip about other members of the family. (Come on, don’t act like you guys don’t do it too.)

While cleaning up the dishes this Easter dinner, our conversation turned to that favorite dish we like to cook every summer, bruschetta with fresh tomato and basil. We usually reserve this dish for summer time because the best bruschetta is topped with the freshest ingredients. I almost hate to admit it but it is because of this dish that I grow fresh basil. I have probably mentioned this before but it deserves repeating, there is no store bought tomato that equals fresh tomatoes from the garden, still hot from the sun.

Bruschetta




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