Friday, October 20, 2006

Double, double, toil and trouble...

Yes, it's time to talk about food again. You're going to get the idea that all we do around here is eat. (Sadly, it's not far from the truth. I guess we're fat & happy.)

As seen in a previous photo, we rounded up some apples and a big box of tomatoes from local growers a while ago (Tom's Orchard and Thistledown Farms, respectively). The tomatoes have been sitting a while, which is not a good idea for nice ripe tomatoes, because sooner or later they will get restless and turn to a life of crime. It ain't pretty to see a good tomato go bad. So yesterday and today I cut up a whole bunch of 'em, along with some onions and spices and a green pepper, and made a big, steamy cauldron of savory homemade tomato sauce. Every now and then I would wander over to the stove, stir it theatrically, and cackle with glee. The whole thing has now been pureed and strained, cooked down to a scrumptious thickness, and poured into big Ziploc bags to store in the freezer. With the bit I had left over, I made dinner (a one-time-only concoction of stewed pork with Italian herbs and tomato sauce, served over rice, with a side of steamed Romanesco. Mmm, Romanesco -- the fractal you can eat!). Right now an apple crisp is cooking in the oven for dessert.

I would be tempted to show you some of the things I've been busy making as of late, but now that I know my sister reads this blog, I'm afraid it would spoil some surprises. So there, neener neener.


tlc illustration said...

I have never seen that vegetable before (looks like a very mathematical cross between broccoli and cauliflower). Does it *taste* good?

Good job on dealing with your criminal vegetable element in such a yummy way. :-)

Soozcat said...

Romanesco does taste good -- at least we think so. It has the same general texture as cauliflower, with a taste that's a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. Thistledown Farms sells heads of it at the same price as their broccoli. I cut a head into florets and placed them on top of the rice in the rice cooker. By the time the rice was done, they were perfectly cooked.

Ha-HA! Take that, evil tomatoes! *karate pose*

PG said...

I thought there was rogue tomato on that shelf of apples, second from right?
We had some tomatoes go a bit wayward...I thought one of the cats had 'had an accident' but it was just a few rotten tomatoes getting rowdy.

Straight to jail and the compost heap.

Soozcat said...

You are correct, milady! That is indeed a tomato, second from right... hangin' with its homies in the Apple Gang. (Hey, tomatoes used to be called "love apples," right?)

The last of the tomatoes are currently stewing on the back of the stove. I think I'll make soup out of them for Sunday supper.

Cpt. Midnight said...

MMm.... soup.

I still think that you should take a picture of the frozen bags of blood in the freezer.

You say they are tomatoes, but I've not seen the neighborhood cat for a while.

Soozcat said...

Sssh ssh! You want the FBI to come down on us? :)

It's tomato sauce, durnit!