Remember that movie Under the Tuscan Sun? Well, maybe or maybe not a great movie, that’s for you to decide. Back in 2003, it made me fall in love with Tuscany, or the idea of what Italian countryside life is like. Truthfully, I don’t think my romantic idealism of Tuscany is all that far off. When we took a day trip to San Remo on our honeymoon, it showed me how quaint and lovely Italian cities and the countryside that surrounds them are. A slow life, a life with passion and beauty is yours for the taking in the Italian countryside.
I made this roasted tomato garlic hummus and it made me want to be in Tuscany in a villa, under the Tuscan sun, where I’d have a huge garden with my own fresh San Marzano tomatoes and drink local Chianti at night. Japan’s nice though. I suppose some part of me still has a somewhat romantic picture of areas in Japan that are truly spiritual places of beauty and nature. Most of those places are up in mainland Japan, not down in Okinawa where we fight huge spiders and typhoons regularly.
Roasting garlic and tomatoes truly brings out their flavor. I clearly need to do it more often because this hummus was goooood. Don’t be intimidated by roasting garlic. I promise it’s a cinch. Try to make it look like my photo and you’re good to go.