09 February 2012
Where did January go?
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!