I was feeling really pleased with myself when I had all my plum jam jarred by 9:00am.
Pat on the back, cup of coffee, sit down to have a little rest kind of pleased with myself.
Then, my friend and neighbour A came over and said there were tomatoes ripe for the picking (haha!) but they had to be picked today as the tractor would be ploughing everything to smithereens that very afternoon.
So, we drained our coffees and headed down the road.
We got an almost full container of beautiful red, firm, fragrant and sun-warmed tomatoes each.
Brought them home (lugged, hauled, carted more like):
and decided there was no time like the present and got to making tomato sauce:
after washing them the first stop was topping and de-seeding
then weighing in units of 1kg as that's all my poor scale goes to. (I was watching World's strictest parents on youtube as I worked. I am NOT the meanest mummy in the world by FAR!)
Then I boiled it down, blitzed it all with the stick blender- AMAZING invention- and flavoured each batch slightly differently:
smoked paprika, roasted garlic and roasted chilli peppers.
Then all that was left was to eat it! I love sauce making day- dinner was fresh made sauce with prawns and basil and parmesan cheese.
It was a big day though. I closed the lid on the last jar at 10:00pm and I still had to clean down the kitchen.
Phew! Garden to larder in 12 hours sounds good but it sure wore me out!