Saturday, 10 August 2013

Tomless Rat'.


This is the season when I usually begin to bottle all my excess vegetables.



I have courgettes,



I have aubergines,



I have peppers,



but NO RIPE BLOODY TOMATOES.

I refuse to buy-in my tomatoes so I'll just have to wait. I just hope all the courgettes, aubergines, and peppers will wait too!

'Ratatouille', and its derivatives, are my main bottling activities of summer; without a good stock in storage our winter could be dire.


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18 comments:

  1. If I had those green tomatoes they would never get ripe. They would sliced along with a potato, mixed with a little corn meal and fried. There is nothing I like better.

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    1. We were talking about just that last night. I shall try some today.

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  2. Same problem here Cro - what's going on with tomatoes this year - last year with all the wet and no sun I had a wonderful crop of toms.

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    1. I reckon another week, and we'll all be inundated!

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  3. Your vegies all look good even though the toms are still green.

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  4. Just looked at someone's blog and they had been using green tomatoes. I don't know if these are a special variety or just under ripe but if the latter, then maybe you can find some interesting recipe on the internet for them!

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    1. I'm sure they won't be long in ripening. It's just a little annoying that all our summer guests will have gone by that time. For my Ratatouille I definitely need them to be RED.

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  5. Ours have been ripe for ages. No, just joking. Although we've been picking the smaller cherry tomatoes for about a week - love them roasted. Bigger ones just turning. Never tried frying green tomatoes - might have to experiment with that.

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    1. We have ripe cherry toms too, but not a glut like most years.

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  6. You'll never be Tomless whilst I am around, Cro - or Ratless.

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  7. I began picking my tomatoes over a week ago. However, there are many still on the vines that won't be ready for weeks. The plants are still flowering and I am sure I will have new fruit till mid-September. Good thing is that I like fried green tomatoes.

    Patience, Cro.

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    1. Patience is an obligation unfortunately.

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  8. lovely fresh healthy veg, making my mouth water!

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  9. I just came across this recipe for when you have another glut of courgettes..

    http://plantbasedonabudget.com/recipe/zucchini-cookies/

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    1. The list of ingredients told me at once that it's not really my cup of tea; sorry. Amazingly we are managing to get through all the current courgette excess. Having the house FULL helps.

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  10. Try putting a ripe banana underneath your tomato plants sometimes it kick starts them into ripening. I've had two or three ripe tomatoes. I refuse to buy any more too.

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  11. Fried green tomatoes...I could eat a plateful!
    I wish our tomatoes looked half as good as yours, Cro. Ours just aren't doing too well this year.

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