Monday, 17 September 2018

The Great Big Red Tomato

As mentioned in a previous Harvest Monday blog post, the tomatoes are coming along very nicely in the greenhouse
 We have all types and the names escape me, especially of this rather large tomato.
Just to give you some context of how big it is, I am holding it here; and no, I am not going to stuff it!. 
We have been harvesting raspberries too.  I have had to freeze some as we are still enjoying plums from the tree.
The cooking apples are beginning to fall from the tree too, in fact one fell and cracked a greenhouse window pane, fortunately it did not go through this time. 
I made a Raspberry and Apple crumble at the weekend, and let me tell you it was absolutely the gorgeous, the apples just turned to pulp taking on the colour of the raspberries.  It was lush, I tell you.
Funnily enough we are still harvesting courgettes, though I will be pulling the plants out next week as those remaining courgettes are tiddlers. 
I made an untraditional Oven Roasted Ratatoulle with some of the homegrown tomatoes and courgettes, don't diss me - the recipe comes from a French woman.
With the weather turning and me having the sniffles, I also made a stew of sorts with some of the courgettes.  I will be sharing the recipes later this week, if you want to come on by and check them out.  As always, I am sharing this post with  Harvest Monday hosted by Dave over Our Happy Acres.  

18 comments:

  1. Your ratatouille looks good -- there are infinite ways to make it and they are all good, I think. I always roast the eggplants that go into it and my most recent one also did roasted tomatoes.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae. I have shared link to the original recipe. I agree with you roasting the aubergines makes a difference.

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  2. I like stewed or melted summer squash without the addition of extra water. It has so much better flavor that way. In my opinion most people don't cook courgettes long enough. Only the very young are good lightly cooked.

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    1. Thank Jane. I think your right, you do have cook courgettes well, esp. for a dish like ratatouille.

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  3. The raspberry and apple crumble sounds delicious. And that tomato is a giant! Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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    1. Thanks Dave. It was delicious for sure. I am feeling a little better, but nervous come next week when I am off work for a week, that the sniffles will develop into something more.

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  4. I'd really like to make an oven roasted ratatouille, untraditional or not! I hope you post the recipe (or a link) at some point.

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    1. Hi Joey, I have posted the recipe to my slight adapted version with little veg and to the original.

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  5. wow that tomato is ginormous! and I love the sound of your baked ratatouiie - sounds like a fancy version of the stewed one. And the crumble sounds lovely too

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    1. Thanks Johanna. Yes it is and we are still not sure how to enjoy it, will do so in the next few days, I am thinking of just slicing it and dipping it in equal quantity of salt and chili - yum.

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  6. The ratatouile looks good, but THAT tomato - wow!!

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    1. Thank you Belinda. We were really surprised to harvest it, it was not expected. We have a few others that are big, but none will beat this whopper

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  7. Oh my goodness those are some beautiful tomatoes! Everything looks good! The zucchinis look amazing! Did you weigh that tomato? :)

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    1. Thank you so much Shawn Ann. You know what - I was meaning to weigh the tomato and forgot, fortunately we still have it - so I will weigh it and up-date the blog pos. Thanks for the reminder and nudge

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  8. I like the look of that stew! Just the job for the sniffles I would have thought. Courgettes do seem to be going on here longer than usual too. Wonder why when it has been so dry?

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I will blog the recipe for the stew in the next few days. Yes I am surprised that we are still harvesting courgettes, because in years gone by they are the first thing to give up. Must be the unusual weather we have had this year, who knows.

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  9. That tomato is so amazing! I had to chuckle at that stuffing comment. :)

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  10. Thanks VegHog, yeah I do like stuffed veg - but sometimes you want to be a little more imaginative, I may just douse it in 1:1 salt and chili and dip the slices

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