Sunday, 12 September 2010

The tomatoes are taking over .........

If you have followed my blog you will know we have a lot .... of tomatoes.

This was my lounge this morning

The geese were out and free last night and they had discovered the tomatoes in the wheelbarrow. They must have pecked about 15 of the big ones, so we had to bring the wheelbarrow in the house. Good job we've no carpet!
The pink washing basket is full of red tomatoes and green tomatoes.
Some of the red tomatoes are now in the oven being dried overnight and some of the green tomatoes are in jars as green tomato jam.
Tomorrow I will be chopping and freezing some of the big tomatoes, they are too soft to keep for much longer, and I don't know what else to do with them.

For tea tonight I made stuffed tomatoes, with the large tomatoes stuffed with our pork mince, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic and chilli jam - very nice and 4 left over to go in the freezer.
I don't have a picture of them cooked. As soon as they came out of the oven, they were on the plates.


This afternoon we moved Mrs P and 4 of her little ones up to the tomatoes and potato plot and they are now enjoying all the ones that are still left on the plants.

I counted the chilli plants this afternoon, we have 96, yes you read that right - 96 plants. Can you imagine how many chillis that will give us. MOH got a bit carried away this year I think. I will have to buy a lot of jam sugar to make chilli jam. Most of them are still green, so I have a couple of weeks before I have to get ready for the picking etc.

If you look at the first picture at the top you will see 2 little chicks sitting on the mat outside the french window. They are a couple of months old now and have taken to sitting on the mat or staring in through the window while we are watching tv.


Diane said...

I made my first ever batch of Chilli Jam this weekend (I will be posting about it!) and its delicious! I'm addicted. I wish I had as many tomatoes! xx

Nearly 50 and trying to be Frugal .... said...

If you lived closer you could have as many as you want. At least they won't go to waste, the pigs are enjoying them, although I think there may be been a few foul smells in their house last night!!
Which chilli jam recipe do you use. I swear by Nigella's. I made about 10 lmarge pots last year and I'm down to my last one

Absinthe Fairy said...

you can also store chillies under oil in jars, very useful throughout the winter, plus they freeze well too when chopped up.

I dry a lot of mine and just leave them hanging around the kitchen to use until the next year's harvest is ready.

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

I haven't seen tomatoes as large as that since I left the US. Are they as tasty as they look? I loved Blackpool tomatoes when I lived in the UK. Linda

imbeingheldhostage said...

JEALOUS! We had a very sad tomato crop this year. Ours are also in containers so I'm jealous on two counts now ;-)

The Patchwork Heart said...

Enjoying reading your blog of your lovely new life, sounds like a holiday! Do you ever come back home?