2013年10月9日水曜日

garden to larder in 12 hours

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.

Yum!

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!

3 件のコメント:

Beatriz Fujita さんのコメント...

Job well done!! Now you have plenty of plum jam and tomato sauce. You are so lucky and so hard working mother.

Michi Abe さんのコメント...

Otsukaresama! WOW! Your pantry must be groaning with good things to eat. I envy you those gorgeous tomatoes. Do you know, where I live, tomatoes that size costs 198 yen EACH! EACH! I kid you not.. there will not be any tomatoes eaten in my house until next summer when the price goes down.. sniff!

Gina さんのコメント...

Oh I agree totally! It looks wonderful! You sure did work hard that day, it looks awesome. Now you can enjoy your goodies all winter. : )