Roasting Tomatoes w/ April Flores
I had brought such an amazing crew on this country adventure to Westwind – including food and prop stylist April Flores of Native Kind – a kindred spirit with a love of food and a drive to make everything she touches beautiful. Though we are new friends, April and I are perfect compliments to one another. We both share a passion about food and similarly seek beauty in the simple elements that surrounds us…being in the barn cooking together was heaven. Me styling away, April cooking and Chloe snapping pics -capturing it all.
There was such an amazing abundance of the season’s last tomatoes, we had to do something amazing with them – and really celebrate and highlight them the way they deserved. April took the reigns starting a dish of roasted tomatoes with fresh herbs, garlic and homemade Westwind balsamic vinegar. After a perfect roasting, the tomatoes came out carmelized and sweet, surrounded by golden nuggets of garlic and flavored with a bright hit of herbs. A dollop of this concoction on top of fresh bread and we had created a plate of farm goodness that was also a perfect afternoon snack!
I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that everything we were eating and loving, had come straight from the farm and been nurtured by Laura and Fabio. April, Chloe and I were swept away by the little enclave of deliciousness and creativity alive in the barn. The whole day had been too incredible to be true – not to mention the light streaming through massive barn doors in perfectly yellow shards. Pure bliss! From the moment we had arrived our eyes had been growing wider and wider with wonder – Westwind had engulfed us! From the people arriving all day, to the apple cider being pressed and mozzarella being made (more on that later this week!)….we were all in awe of the world of Westwind Orchard.
All photography by Chloe Crespi