Sunday, October 01, 2006

Not done

Just when I thought that it was safe to clean out all of the dead stuff from the garden, what to my wondering eyes does appear? But yet more cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers. Some dill and carrots and green onions too. Sigh.
I just can't let them rot. I know that I said that I could, but it is not in my nature to let good food go to waste. Well, there is occasionally the bit of buried treasure that finds its way to the back of the fridge, but we won't talk about that. Actually, I am thrilled to have some more tomatoes. There have been a few with bad spots, but nothing totally disgusting. I'm sure you know what I mean. There are enough green ones that they will ripen over the next few weeks and keep us supplied with fresh tomatoes for another few weeks. Bill said that he was in the lunch room at work the other day slicing a tomato and one of his coworkers mentioned the fact that he could actually smell the tomato. " You must have grown that tomato" he said." I can smell it! You can't smell store bought tomatoes" I never really noticed the smell before. The taste, yes. But the smell? No.

Mira also said that she wanted to make more dills. Why? I have no idea. But in any case, I said that if she does all of the prep work (read: wash cukes, dill, jars, pack everything into the jars, fill the pots with water, get all of the utensils out, etc.) That I would deal with the boiling water part. She went for it! So I guess that more dills are in the works. And there are enough green tomatoes left ( I forgot about the plum ones that were picked mostly green and have been ripening slowly, on a shelf, for our "sun" dried tomatoes. Dehydrator really, but who can tell the difference around here?) In any case, there looks like there are quite a few green tomatoes left and I think that they might be turned into chow. I've never had chow before, its a mustard allergy thing, but I have heard enough raves about chow that I am willing to try it once, sans mustard. The recipe calls for 16 cups of chopped tomatoes, but I am thinking that I could probably half it and be alright. Right?

So, who likes green tomato chow and what do you eat it with?

Oh, right. Fiber stuff. Cukes have lost of fiber! But seriously, I did some more sample dyeing this morning. Maybe you will get to see it tomorrow if I am having a hard time sleeping tonight.


Leigh said...

Wow, this is the first year in about 10 that we haven't had a garden. Your photo made me feel a little lonely for one.

jade_opal_gem said...

YOU are fabulous..can u be my wife..sister.. daughter..something something.....

Anonymous said...


You got that right. She is truely awesome. Every morning, when I wake and see her (if she's not out blogging), I pinch myself to make sure it's real. She's one multi-talented girl. And our oldest daughter has inherited her talent. Watching the two of them at work is a constant source of enjoyment and wonder. And in addition to all of that talent, Jackie is a really wonderful person. I got lucky the day I met her.

Jackie's hubby