I came home for lunch today. There was leftover roasted chicken in the fridge from last night's dinner in that I wanted to use up. There was also fresh bread. But most of all, there was a jar of my latest obsession: O&Co's Green Tomato Jam (Confiture Au Chaudron Tomate Verte).
Now, I do not need more reasons to go to O&Co. I happen to love this shop and never miss a chance to visit their Paris outposts (the one on Rue Cler is my favorite) to stock up on marmalade jars, truffle products, spices and olive oils to bring back home.
In fact, it seems as if every couple of weeks I do a little reconnaissance trip to their Pacific Place shop just to check out whatever new products have arrived and visit with the nice ladies that work there. It is almost impossible to walk out of there without a little treat to bring to my kitchen or give to a friend.
I've been using the Green Tomato Jam (the friendly and food loving manager of the shop, Suhara, introduced me to it a few weeks ago) as a topping for my morning yogurt and have also been serving it with cheese as an alternative to Membrillo and even Apricot Bread (the Spanish fruit and nut paste).
Today was the first time I used the jam in a chicken sandwich. All I did was slightly toast the bread, spread the jam on the still warm toast and layer some of the cold chicken. There really is no need for anything else.
The combination of roasted chicken and slightly sweet jam with the tangy flavor of the green tomato chunks was just the right balance of savory and sweet with a bit of summer in every bite. Simple as can be but utterly delicious.
O&Co has a website (you may also signup for their catalog) but the green tomato jam seems to be MIA for purchase online.
So, if you happen to live in a city that has a store--NY, Denver, SF, LA, Boston among many others--I strongly suggest you visit them soon and get yourself a jar or two. You'll be thinking up ways in which to use this little green marvel.
@ Pacific Place
600 Pine Street #135
Seattle, WA 98101