Monday, February 2, 2009
The Tomato Glut and Ducks
Please excuse the poor photography, no matter what I did I could not get a non-blurry picture of these two circus-freak tomatoes. Maybe it is the weather, but in my mind they resembled two little ducks, and therefore warranted photographic exploration. Apologies also to my Northern Hemisphere blogging counterparts whose only access to garden fresh tomatoes is through an imaginative journey, but here on the balcony garden, despite abhorrently bad temperatures (cooled to a humid high twenties today) the tomatoes are fruiting in spectacular fashion.
Granted a significant proportion of the crop was lost to the sun, with blistering and rotting commonplace by late last week. But of those I salvaged before the intense scorching, and given that up until today I was housemateless (so glad she is back) there soon befell a glut of tomatoes in the balcony garden kitchen.
So what did I do with them?
* Tomato paste from black russian (a waste given then are so good fresh) which then went into a delightful chilli con carne. Sorry no pics of this but below is a black russian ready to be crisped up with his cherry counterparts (details below) This gem of a dish also took up a roma and some of the larger red cherry tomatoes. It also utilised some of my new yellow chillis and some old red ones, ubnfortunately the yellow chillis were far less hot than their red counterparts and the dish sorely lacked in sweat inducing hotness. Perhaps I should rename it, from Chilli con Carne, to Hotter than a capsicum but not quite as hot as a chilli Con Carne!
* Green zebras, ripening at the rate of one a day have become a salad staple, they keep a green salad green, and will definitely be adorning my welcome back totally awesome housemate dinner tonight of Salt and Pepper squid salad. (photos soon)
* Tomato chips, I know I should have tried sundrying them, but given we are on a very main road I don't wish to match my culinary delight with tyre dust. Cherries, both red and yellow, sliced in half, with pepper salt, a little oil and homegrown basil, several hours on a very low oven later, presto, instant lycopene in a chip!
The season is far from over, so I am sure there will be many more adventures in the kitchen with the garden haul! Anyone in the opposing hemisphere feeling pangs of gardenolicious jealousy, I'll send some fresh tomatoes to you via courier pigeon (though I cannot guarantee the pigeon wont eat them on the way)!