Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Tomatoes From Friends
My tomatoes have "miles to go" before they get ripe. So, I am thankful to gardening friends who sent over their overstock of tomatoes. One box (yes, to my delight it was a box of them) had many named varieties. The Snow White was ripest and small so I worked on washing, halving, salting and eating them. (such hard work--laughing) The Grower said they were almost "too sweet" but with a generous amount of salt...just right sweet.
I have a recipe for a Tomato Margarita that is made with tomato juice. Sounds like the Snow Whites would be excellent in that.
The very large pink Brandywine is going to be served tonight with cheese and basil in a Caprese. Not the 3.45 pound one the gardener had taken a photo of --on the scale--- but the next largest.
My early summer Away Job was to water these plants. I was also charged with adding ties to hold the heavy vines and branches up. So it seems they are "close friends" of mine and I am proud of the delicious offspring.
The other gardener has planted Siberian tomatoes--small to medium and very prolific. She will have tomatoes well into October if we miss an early frost. She has what look like Early Girls, Brandywine, Sungold Cherries and a plum tomato variety. She has forgotten what she planted.
My friend also has the best looking butternut squash. Huge. They need to dry and cure in the sun so she can store them for Winter eating. We ate tomatoes, crackers, cheese and cucumbers at her house yesterday. For snack. We skipped the offered gin and tonics. Too early.
I returned home to my slow growing garden. I still have September if it stays sunny. But we are wrapped in our blankets at night now. So, I wonder if I have the time will take for ripe tomatoes.
Well, time for breakfast.
Oh, and I am working on an Art Quilt Project. With dyed fabric. With my own painted fabric. With Deb's "dirty dyed thread". It's looks promising. Finished the one book and now reading the Robotham.