I journeyed out to my garden today in search of the perfect tomato for a slice of toast. I did find one hanging, beautiful and rose colored, on the vines of one of the Brandywine plants.
There is really nothing better than a tomato, fresh off the vine, still warm from the sun, sliced, salted and put on a piece of hot buttered toast. Unless it is a slice put on a burger hot off the grill. Or chunks of them in a wonderful lettuce salad…….
As you can tell I really, really like tomatoes. My husband does not share this passion. I cannot believe how misguided he is on this topic. If he does eat them he puts sugar on them! I keep telling him that sugar is for baking and putting on cereal. He is not convinced of that fact or the wonder of tomatoes.
After I had found my perfect tomato I could tell I needed to come back to get the weeds under control……again. I also noted that everything in the garden looked like it needed a thorough watering. We have not been getting those timely rains the last while.
My tomato plants looked pretty droopy and sad. There are some days I know exactly how those plants felt…..wilted, dry and needing a little TLC.
I picked, weeded and watered those amazing plants today. It was hot, humid work and by the time I was done my husband told me I smelled like a tomato plant. I did not think that was such a bad thing but I am not totally sure that it was a compliment coming from him.
I have a five-gallon bucket half filled with these beautiful red and rose colored beauties. I usually plant Brandywine, Romas, and try one other variety each gardening year. This year my third variety was called Independence Day. It sounds amazingly patriotic but they are kind of a disappointment. They are not small enough to be a cherry tomato but not big enough to slice for sandwiches. On the upside……they are prolific.
I am debating if I have enough for a batch of pizza sauce, salsa or if I should just turn these into tomato juice. There are so many small ones that I am leaning towards the juice just to save my sanity. I like to use the Romas for the pizza sauce and salsa. Fortunately I have till tomorrow to decide.
When I get down to making pizza sauce and salsa I will be sharing those recipes with you. They are both family favorites and I usually can enough for us and the kids.
My girls also enjoy this season as they get all the cut off pieces of tomato.
I still am not sure if I should be spelling the word tomato with or without an “e”. The word looks fine to me either way. My sister, who as a child was dubbed “spell-check”, would probably not agree with me on that line of thought. I am quite sure the chickens would agree with me on this point.
So…..how do you prefer to eat your tomatoes? Do you love them? hate them? or just not really care?
It’s difficult to think
anything but pleasant thoughts
while eating a homegrown tomato.
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