Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Autumn Harvesting and the missing words

Autumn Harvesting
Originally uploaded by redmag

....I've been a little short on words lately and I've sat down to blog a few times this week only to find I have nothing to say....this might become a photoblog for a while....I'm not sure why its happened maybe it's a side effect of spending the majority of my time with small children with my daily dialogue has been reduced to:
Child - More cake? (Despite the fact its been over a week since he's seen cake)
Me - No more cake
Child: No more cake
Child: Cake?

I need to find something else to use as a bargaining chip in getting good behaviour at the supermarket before the weekly shop tomorrow...

Or maybe its just that the colder months are clearly coming this way and my brain has decided to hibernate this year....

Either way here are some of the last of the summer fruits from the garden....we have loads of green tomatoes and I'm not very good at throwing things away. I plan to make this with some of them......

Green tomato relish from Robert and Maria Strybel’s “Heritage Polish Cookery” – it’s a fantastic cookbook if you like polish cooking – I warn you though – there are very few pictures so its not one of those very lovely food porn numbers you can pour over on a cold winter’s night – here’ an abridged version

Slice one kilo of green tomatoes and 500g of onions thinly. Combine with one and a half tablespoons of salt. Leave over night at room temperature.

Preheat your oven to 195degrees C. Pack the tomato/onion mix into small clean jars (no need to sterilise them – yea!). Separately in a saucepan combine 1¼ cup of water, ¼ cup sugar, ½ cup of vinegar, some peppercorns, mustard seeds and a bay leaf. Bring to the boil and then pour into the jars over the tomato/onion mix. Cover loosely with the lids and pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes – This will pasteurize them. Once out of the oven seal tightly and allow to cool.

But for the rest not sure - might have to try fried green tomatoes and see what all the fuss is about!

If you have a delicious way of using the poor late tomatoes that missed the sun leave a comment I'm all ears - There are actually about 5 more kilos of the things beyond those in the picture.

On review maybe I’m not as short of words as I thought…

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