“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels;

only when the clock stops does time come to life.” – William Faulkner

When we arrived to open the Cape house a few months ago, we noticed that the kitchen clock had stopped working.  This wasn’t terribly surprising, since it had been around for quite some time.  To fill the empty space, a platter in the shape of a fish was propped up against the wall.  Eric and his brother like to joke about it. “Hey, what time is it?” one asks… to which the other replies “I think it’s half past a fish.”

It never gets old.

I’ve grown to really appreciate the absence of the clock.  So much of my day is spent scheduling that to be in a place that doesn’t have a visible clock is refreshing. Somehow life slows down in the most miraculous way when you aren’t always checking to see what time it is.   Eating when you want to.  Drinking when you want to. Napping when you want to.  It’s a wonderful thing.

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  • August 7, 2013 - 12:46 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - Such a refreshing salad which uses only uses the bare necessities. In a era where the clock often our dictator, I am glad you have found a place where you can escape that in your favourite hobby.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 3:41 am

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Mmmm… this looks incredibly delicious, Brian! Pinned :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 8:20 am

    steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen - wow, Brian. You’ve really outdone yourself this time. It looks incredible! Squid is so underused in summer cooking, but is so delicious and pairs well with fresh summer vegetables. :)

    Also, beautiful dishes! Where did you get them, might I ask?ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 8:30 am

    carrian - Ok, you’re amazing. Way to throw this one out there to the world and happen to make it look like the most amazing squid dish evah!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Jamie - I have to make a version of this. We love squid and husband buys a bagful at the market often. Why don’t we eat them in salads? Seems they are always served over pasta. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Alexis @ Hummusapien - So simple, yet such a beautiful meal! I’m all over those roasted tomatoes and fresh basil :) Fab pictures, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - That looks DEEEVIIIIIINNNNNEEEEE. I’m kind of losing my mind a little.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Alina - So unusual, yet seemingly simple! Will have to give this a try…ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Eileen - Wow, what a beautiful dish! I can’t say I make much squid at home, but I’m tempted to go get some now… :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    JulieD - I love squid and I love this dish…and your photographs!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Jen @ Savory Simple - You inspire me so much!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Alison Lewis - super great looking as always!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 10:55 pm

    Monet - I saw this on facebook…or maybe instagram…it looked so beautiful then and it looks so beautiful now! What a gorgeous salad, sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Inspiralized - I ate so much squid while I was on vacation in Greece last week and I’ve been searching the ‘net for great calamari recipes. This is definitely being bookmarked! Fabulous pictures. Thanks for the post.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Joanne - Spending a weekend without a constant reminder of what time it is does sound relaxing.

    I am still so amazed at how gorgeous this dish is!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Jeanette - I love quick and easy dinners a.k.a. lazy dinners in my house, but oh so good! Beautiful dish!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Kasey - GREAT quote, Brian…and such a good reminder to enjoy time without thinking about…the time :) This dish looks to die for.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    elizabeth - So I saw this post, and then I went to F&W’s website to see the original recipe, and like you I also made some tweaks to it: namely, more garlic and I used white wine rather than vinegar. It was exactly what I needed yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 10:53 pm

    Marcia - Your photographs are so beautiful and so vivid I can almost smell the ginger and basil from here!
    Fabulous recipe!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 5:44 am

    thelittleloaf - Oh this looks so good! I think tentacles are my favourite bit of the squid and those juicy tomatoes? Yum.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 7:58 am

    TidyMom - I’ve never had squid, but this sure makes me want to try it!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Irina @ wandercrush - Absolutely beautiful photography here. Those colours! I’m craving squid already. Not many people give it a chance in the West!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] squid with burst cherry tomatoes. not only does it sound delicious, the photos… incredible. do it: out of your comfort […]ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) - I love anything and everything with squid. This dish looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration–I don’t cook with it enough!ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2013 - 11:14 am

    Russell at Chasing Delicious - This dish looks fantastic! And that top shot is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 12:21 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnnn… I LOVES me some squidlings especially when they are cooked up tasty like that.

    ¡Pulpo y calamares son sabrosos!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    08.07.13: dinner (squid with burst tomatoes, via Tom Colicchio.) | The Manhattan [food] Project - […] on the internet for some recipe ideas. I didn’t need to look for that long, as a fellow blogger had that day posted a recipe from Tom Colicchio for a salad of squid with burst tomatoes from […]ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Five Ways to Make the Most out of Tomato Season » Harvard Common Press - […] salad I had from New York’s Gramercy Tavern. But recently, Brian from A Thought for Food posted Squid with Burst Cherry Tomatoes, and he makes cooking squid look easy.  This is a simple preparation, so there’s little to […]ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Jessica @ Floptimism - Hello! My name’s Jessica, and every week on my food blog, Floptimism, I write a post called the Weekend Wrap-Up where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved this recipe for squid and tomatoes so much that I featured it on this week’s round up! I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. Thank you for such incredible work, and enjoy your weekend!


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    Weekend Wrap-Up: Going Off the Deep End? | Floptimism - […] & Chocolate Semifreddo Roasted Tomato & Hatch Chile Salsa Savory-Sweet Pineapple Quinoa Squid with Burst Cherry Tomatoes – and you thought the blueberry-cheddar combo above required bravery. Do it! Toffee Sundae […]ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    Ali @ Inspiralized - Love the rusticness of the photos – and love how daring the squid look, left in their true form. Very different, thanks for the post!!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    sandra - wow this looks so good. I’ve never made squid but I eat it all the time. I should give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Friday Food Foto - Domaine de Kerveguen Carpe Diem Cider - Misadventures with Andi - […] From A Thought For Food: Squid with burst cherry tomatoes […]ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    Patricia R. Kelley - Tried it LOVED It, please keep up the great work.

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  • August 4, 2013 - 12:59 am

    Tieghan - Oh my gosh those pizzas an that pasta!! Oh I just ate, but now I really want all this food. It looks insanely delicious. What fun night!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Emily K. @ Leaf Parade - I just went to Arlington for the first time this week. Next time I’ll have to check this place out — those mussels look heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    Shaina - What a gorgeous collection of photos. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    Monet - I was mildly hungry before visiting this post…now I’m starving. I want one of those pizzas so badly now! Thank you for sharing Brian. Beautiful photographs, as always.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 1:07 am

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks like a DELICIOUS place!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Jeanette - It’s always fun to explore the lesser known places – that’s one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for sharing this ~ that seafood pizza looks delectable!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    TidyMom - oh wow! the food AND the photography are both just amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Lovely restaurant! The food looks amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2013 - 11:17 am

    JulieD - Another place to add to my list for when I’m in town next! Beautiful as always!ReplyCancel

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE - Lovely restaurant! The food looks amazing!ReplyCancel

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    Carolyn - Everything looks just mouthwatering!ReplyCancel

The other week I headed out for the farmer’s market at Copley Square, my camera tucked in my backpack.  It was one of those days when merely stepping outside resulted in sweat-drenched clothes, but for some psychotic reason I decided to walk there.  The path from my apartment in South Boston to the market takes you through an array of neighborhoods and scenery.  Every time I do this walk, I see a detail of the city that I’d never noticed before.  It could be a mural on the side of a building or a hidden park down a side street.

The shaded kiosks at the market provided enough protection to make it a pleasant trip.  I strolled around for a while, poking into each tent to marvel at the gorgeous produce.  I couldn’t help but touch everything.  This is what carrots are supposed to look like!  And aren’t these beets stunning?  My fellow patrons look over at me, laughing and nodding in agreement.   There was no way I was going home without a few ingredients.

Is it weird that the thing I enjoy preparing most are salads?  Even as a teenager, there was nothing that excited me more than chopping veggies and whisking together a vinaigrette.  This is how I started to learn how to cook, and I guess it’s why it’s stuck with me all these years.

The true pleasure in eating salad is that often the ingredients are left unaltered or cooked in a way that lets their natural flavors shine.  This blueberry, beet, and feta salad wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I got started on developing this dish.  Honestly, I’m not sure what my vision was.  I was hoping for something leafy, but when the bowl developed and I saw how striking the colors were and that the flavors and textures were layered, I knew this was something that needed to be shared.

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  • July 30, 2013 - 1:14 am

    Tieghan - This is gorgeous. I love the combo of fruit and cheese, especially when it is feta! This is simple, pretty and perfect!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 1:38 am

    Heidi @foodiecrush - Those yellow beets are to die for, I’m definitely planting next year. And making a trip to the farmer’s market this week! Beautiful salad.ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 4:13 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - Your combination of fruit and veggies are so adventurous. Would this work if I roasted the yellow beets instead of boiling? or will the flavours not work as well? To die for salad though.ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Joanne - You just never know how inspiration is going to strike and where it will lead you! I’m certainly glad it took you to this salad because the burst of blueberries amongst the beets and feta is definitely intriguing!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Kulsum - One beet with feta! Got to add blueberries next time.ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 8:19 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - I used to work at the Boston CVB in the Copley Place Mall and would walk to the farmer’s market after work all summer. You officially have me excited for our visit next month!!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Lovely salad, Brian! Gorgeous colors!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - Beautiful, colorful and I’m SURE – Delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - It’s definitely not weird, I LOVE preparing salads too! This recipe is so lovely Brian!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    Lori @ RecipeGirl - I love the simplicity of this salad… it allows you to really enjoy those beets, which are my absolute favorite!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    najwa kronfel - Beautiful salad, I love the combination of flavors!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 1:21 am

    Sarah | The Sugar Hit - Beets and feta cheese are one of the best combos. They go together like chloe and lamar.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 2:05 am

    Alison Lewis - This looks beyond amazing! All of my favorite ingredients!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Ooo this looks good. I usually pair beets with goat cheese, but feta sounds like a nice substitution!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    Jeanette's Healthy Living - I love the idea of mixing beets and blueberries ~ never tried that before!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks so yummy, I love everything in this salad!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I love salads like this-so colorful and so perfectly summer:)Great way to use beets paired with feta!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - these salad sounds really intriguing and the colours look gorgeous together!ReplyCancel

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    nusrat2010 - Healthy salad recipe with killer photography! My Oh My! Love love love it!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Rachel Smith - Have never come across this combination before, but it looks beautiful and can imaging it tastes wonderful too….will have to give it a go, just to make sure..ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Ali @ Inspiralized - Great combination of flavors… where’d you get the inspiration for this one?ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    sandra - this salad looks so good. I love beets and the combo with cheese sounds really wonderful. I love going to my Green Market at Union Sq, NY. It is always an uplifting experience.ReplyCancel

  • October 2, 2013 - 11:11 am

    Fruit Salad Recipe with Kiwi, Strawberries, and Mango - Andrea Meyers — Andrea Meyers - […] A Thought for Food – Blueberry, Beet, and Feta Salad […]ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 9:02 am

    Summer Week 7 Recipe Ideas | Good Food Collective - […] Blueberries Blueberry Balsamic + Goat Cheese Flatbread Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich Blueberry, Beet & Feta Salad […]ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    Joy - Hello Brian,

    Thanks for this great recipe! I also enjoy farmers’ market shopping, and was delighted to find golden beets (something I had never tried before) on a recent trip. I put the beets and blueberries atop a bed of mixed lettuces. I also realized that the Feta I thought I had at home was actually goat cheese, and rather than make a trip to the store, I used the goat cheese. The salad was yummy!! The golden beets are sweeter than red beets, and made a nice tart/sweet combination with the other ingredients.ReplyCancel