09 February 2012

Where did January go?

We are already past the first week of February! Time seems to be racing already this year.

The weather has been very strange and I was worried about losing my tomatoes so I am picking them before they fully ripen. I have them in boxes with newspaper covering them and I placed them in a warm place in the laundry. They are ripening nicely.

I recently bought an OXO Food Mill. I am hoping to make tomato sauce soon. I tried it out on some cooked tomatoes and made pasta sauce for Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni. I was very proud to use my homegrown spinach and silverbeet, garlic and tomatoes! The food mill worked well and I was left with tomato skins and seeds.

I read lately that these can be dried and ground up. After I did some baking I turned off the oven and dried the skins and seeds with some salt, pepper and oregano. Four hours later they were beautifully dry and I shook them in my Tastemate. It worked really well and I was left with a beautiful tomato powder which I sprinkled on top of the cheese on my cannelloni. So much blood, sweat and tears have gone into my garden, I don't want to waste anything!


Me said...

I'm with you on asking where January went !! Seems like it only just started and it was finished.

I am so envious of your garden and the lovely fresh veggies you are getting from it. And, how inventive you are with using everything - good work !!!

Can't wait to hear what you are planting next and what you make with it !!

Take care and have the best Thursday ever.

Love, hugs and positive energy !

amanda j said...

Yum! I'm glad you didn't lose all of your tomotoes. You know you can always tempt us with some home made sauce or relish xx.