Thursday, February 28, 2013

Savouring The Last Of The Summer Sunshine



I once heard that the tomato looks like a fruit that has taken all of the summer sunshine and then forms, making it a vision of the summer sun. I love this beautiful thought and I love seeing the rewards of the sweet tomato. Due to the masses of rain we got my tomato season finished a few weeks ago but there are still some red gems around. 

I purchased a box of locally grown tomatoes the other day and we have been drying, roasting and this weekend making passata for the months ahead. This way we can savour the summer suns flavours and continue to feel it's warmth.


So long summer for another year. Thank you for warming our bones, sunning our plants, filling our days with light and recharging our energy levels...brother Autumn must now step in.

8 comments:

  1. Our tomatos are just hitting their stride here in the south of nz and we're plotting our tomato makes. We made 90 bottles of passata and ran out after 4 minths so we shall have to double at least our out put this year. Ive never done oven or sun dried tomatos before but i'd love to have a try even if i just make a few jars to enjoy in the depths of winter x

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  2. Your tomatoes are beautiful! There is nothing better than a tomato from the garden. I like how you described them as soaking up the sun...so true! Enjoy the bits of summer...we are waiting for spring but still have snow coming in. I look forward to seeing some more of your tomato recipes come fall!

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  3. that first picture has my mouth watering. I love the idea of a tomato gathering up all the sun - that's beautiful. As the commenter above says, here in the South of NZ our tomatoes are just beginning to ripen.. We've made 10 jars kasundi already, a spicy Indian tomato-based sauce, but I'm keen to make some passata too. Do you have a recipe to share...? x

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  4. Very much looking forward to the arrival of Autumn. It would have to be my favourite season, I think. Your semi-dried tomatoes look positively delish! :)

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  5. I love that beautiful thought about tomatoes. When tomatoes are bright, ripe and juicy they are just the best x

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  6. oh so delicious, those semi dried ones look particularly amazing. xx

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  7. They taste like sunshine too! We are in winter/spring mode here. My favas are growing, my peas are refusing to sprout (again) and my chard and beets are thriving. But the asparagus is starting to peek out of the ground and the fruit trees are budding and blossoming. So I can dream of summer and tomatoes. For 2 adults and 1 kiddo, last year I planted 3 Roma for canning and *ahem* 8 regular tomatoes for eating. Yum. I love trying new heirloom varieties every year though one of my favorites is always green grape (yellow on the outside and bright green inside).

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  8. I love that quote about tomatoes being a manifestation of the sun. That describes them so beautifully.

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