I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eaten Not Stirred

My mother’s great grandparents came from Russia and one of the stories that I found most fascinating was their tradition for a Bloody Mary. According to them the Bloody Mary’s that we are all familiar with stray far from its origins. There was a time when the tomato and the vodka never married together in a glass instead the tomato was eaten with a little salt and then washed down with ample amounts of vodka. Over time when the Russians introduced this tomato eating vodka drinking tradition to the United States many people started to add their own twists and created the many versions of the Bloody Mary that we are all quite enjoyably familiar with today.
Since my cherry tomatoes in my garden are red, ripe and bountiful why not pay homage to them by making some bite size Bloody Mary's.
Please make sure you have some ice cold vodka chilling to wash these down with, we wouldn’t want to break from tradition afterall.

Bite Size Bloody Mary’s

1 box ripe cherry tomatoes or fresh from the garden, even better
1/4 c. very cold vodka
2 tbsp. kosher salt
Save the rest of the Vodka for drinking

Poke 3 to 4 holes in each cherry tomato using a toothpick, place tomatoes in a container that has a cover. Pour vodka over tomatoes, give them a stir then cover and refrigerate over night or longer if necessary. To serve place tomatoes in serving dish, in separate dishes have toothpicks and kosher salt. To eat place tomato on toothpick, dip in kosher salt and eat.

FYI- may also provide dishes of chopped dill and some hot pepper for those who like it spicy.

Bloody Mary


Rochelle R. said...

Very interesting, I don't remember every reading of the history of Bloody Mary's. Your idea kind of reminds me of spiking a whole watermelon. If I can get enough cherry tomatoes from my neighbor I will try it.

christine said...

I didn't know Bloody Mary came from Russia or at least the origin of it. Nice one here. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

Julie said...

According to my great grandparents the Bloody Mary originated in Russia, whether that is actually true or not I really don't know. What I do know for sure is how much I have always enjoyed the story.

Julie said...

I am very familiar with spiking the whole watermelon Rochelle. We use to pour an entire bottle of Vodka into whole watermelons when I worked at a Partyhouse/Restaurant. We would serve the vodka soaked melon in jumbo wine goblets to many of the party guests. At closing the kitchen staff would enjoy the rest!

Amy B. said...

Hi, found this in Foodista! I'm not a huge fan of Bloody Mary but it sure does have an interesting history! Nice post. Keep on sharing

PS: You should try to put widgets in your other posts as well, previous and future ones, so we'll all see them in Foodista too! That way we'll get updated every time you have a new post. Keep it up!

Cheers from Australia,
Amy @ Foodista

Christine said...

hello! i saw your widget too in Foodista =)
thanks for posting. Amy is right, you can put widgets to all your blogs =)

Julie said...

Thank you so much Amy, I will try to start embedding the Foodista widget in more of my posts. Thank you so much for all the kind words and support it is graciously appreciated.

Julie said...

Thank you so much Christine, I will get some more widgets in shortly.

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