(West Coast version) tomatopalooza

Funny, so many weeks of neglect and I am going to write about our abundance of tomatoes as well. Our garden is nowhere near as insanely ginormous as Heather’s, but tomatoes make up a huge percentage of what we are growing. We have 13 tomato plants, 9 are very big and have fancy heavy-duty expensive tomato cages that my sweetie loves.

This is the only picture I have of the tomato plants, it is from 11 weeks ago, so you just have to imagine that they are now gargantuan.

The other 4 are in upside-down planters that sweetie made, they are doing ok but they don’t get as much sun so they don’t make tons of tomatoes. Also we don’t really like any of the small kinds that are in the upside-down ones, I can’t remember any of the names of them except the one we do like, Michael Pollan. I think they will all be Michael Pollans next year. The big ones have crazy names, chocolate stripey and berkeley tie-dye and brandywine and six more I can’t remember. Alice can remember all the names, I’ll have to ask her. So we have many, many, many tomatoes, it is a good thing that I like eating raw tomatoes since I am too lazy to attempt to can them. We all enjoy eating raw tomatoes, Alice and Galen will split a huge one for a snack.

Oh the bounty, it is bountiful

I’ve been making lots of bruschetta with dinner lately, I tried a creamy tomato soup last weekend that was smooth because of the Vitamix but not all that creamy (recipe from 1000 Vegan Recipes), a tomato, black bean, and quinoa salad (also from 1000 Vegan Recipes) that was quite good and a welcome change from the same quinoa salad I always make with corn and black beans (was from the CSA I used to support back before we had two child care bills, someone put the recipe here), I used farro for the first time on Saturday to made a yummy summer vegetable salad from a modified Weight Watchers recipe, and I make the creamy tomato pasta sauce from Vegan Yum Yum all the time. In fact I think I will make it for dinner again tonight. I will attempt to make some tomato sauce the weekend after next modeling Heather’s lazy recipe, since I use a ridiculous number of jars of Trader Joe’s organic tomato-basil marinara sauce.

Unrelated, and I am at least 5 years behind the times on the “superfood” front, but thoughts on Kombucha? I’ve only tried the citrus one but I am kind of in love with it.

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One Response to (West Coast version) tomatopalooza

  1. heatherific heatherific says:

    Ohhh mmyyy god, THIRTEEN? I can’t even imagine the deluge. I think I made that creamy tomato soup too but I hate when tomato soup is just like having a bowl of spaghetti sauce. All I have ripening now are huge yellow tomatoes with red bottoms, I don’t even know what they are.

    I was drinking kombucha like crazy earlier this summer! But I only like the kind with chia seeds in it.

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