|Who doesn't like fresh peas, carrots, onions and tomatoes right outside the back door?|
Making dinner usually involves going out to the garden and seeing what is ripe and available and planning a meal around the pick of the day. Easy enough! The produce trickles in as the summer goes along, first the lettuce then the peas, carrots, spinach, Swiss chard, herbs, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, leeks, onions, tomatoes, artichokes, peppers, beans, turnips, beets, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Any one or two...or three of these vegetables is great and when the house is full of family or friends it is nice to have meals planned by whatever is ripe and plentiful. As each thing ripens it is always exciting to eat the first harvest.
|Ok, we can eat all of this....that is a lot of tomatoes though....|
|These beauties almost plum tuckered me out!|
|grilled artichokes and radicchio|
|homemade tomato basil pasta sauce|
|tomatoes for one?! Can I bring these across the border?|
Exactly what I need/want.... enough tomatoes to feed a family of 20! We leave in 4 days and I'm here alone ....hmmm, tomato sauce in between packing and cleaning the farmhouse? As my mind raced through all of the possibilities for these tomatoes and the time and energy involved to make something meaningful out of them he brought one more thing into the kitchen....and this is when I went off the deep end...it was the straw that broke this camel's back....
|an eggplant....one chocolate too many! |