11 September 2008

Harvest-y Food

But first, go enter the Raffle for the Critters. Only one person has entered so far, and I'm pretty sure her stash isn't hurting for this much more stuff. Plus, Carol of GKIYH has promised some of her hand-dyed Black Bunny Fibers sock yarn to sweeten the pot a bit more. Seriously, a tax deductible donation of $5 or more gets you a chance to win yarn with the holidays and cold weather coming up. I'll wait right here while you go to it.
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Okay, I haven't had much in the way of food pics for a little while, and this week has been a bountiful one in the garden. The other night, I made this garden veggie soup almost entirely with veggies from my beds. The store-boughten ingredients were onion, mushrooms, olive oil, butter, salt, pepper and miso. The homegrown ingredients were swiss chard, potatoes, roma tomatoes, carrots, garlic, noodle beans, broccoli, oregano, thyme and butterpeas (although those actually came from South Carolina and not my own garden).

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Tonight we had the leftovers with these wonderfully yeasty rolls I baked - particularly nice considering the temp has dropped down into the 40's (It's currently 46.5F/8C) tonight:

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For breakfast (which was at 6:30PM), though, I had my first tomato sandwiches of the season. I got my tomatoes in the ground a little bit late, and then for an eating tomato I went with Brandywine, which is a late season heirloom. I have to say that it was worth the wait - sweet, low acidity and wonderfully juicy.

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The perfect tomato sandwich, in my opinion, is a very basic one. The fanciest I get is toasted whole grain bread. Other than that, it's just slices of fresh garden tomato with real mayo, salt and pepper. Anything else just tends to distract from the flavor of the tomato. That may be fine for a tomato from the supermarket, but I say that if that's where you're getting your tomato there's not really much point in making a sandwich in the first place.

13 comments:

knitnzu said...

Good god Mel, if nobody else enters your raffle, do NOT send me more than one of those lots. WHAT is a noodle bean?? In my mind, the only store bought tomatoes worth even eating are the grapes, or maybe the dried ones, MAYBE the cherries. The rest are just pulp. We love the brandywines here and actually manage to grow them, surprising given that we lose a fair amount of sun in the afternoon from the big hill. We've grown others, but I can never remember which I've liked better... but the green striped zebras were pretty interesting, and great in salsa.

tornwordo said...

Tomato sandwich is a staple in our house. Now I want one.

Aubrey said...

I've donated (I am SUCH a sucker for the critters), but I do NOT want to be in the drawing, hon. If you saw my wool room, you'd know why. And a good bit of it is Carol's... Thanks for all you do!

Melissa said...

I get paid this weekend and I have a reminder on my Outlook calendar to make a donation on Monday.

They have tomatoes at the supermarket? Oh...you mean those tasteless reddish things they sell...
I didn't have a good crop this year, but my farmshare has more than provided me with tomatoes so big that one tomato = 2 sammiches!! Next year I have decided to skip planting tomatoes and instead use the space for broccoli.

JoVE said...

That tomato sandwich looks great. I think all the tomatoes were later this year just because it was so cool in early August. They seem to be going great guns now though.

Julie said...

I LOVE fresh tomato sandwiches!

Everything in this post is making me very, very hungry.

I intend to donate to the CFW tomorrow (payday). I've been keeping that post as "unread" so that I won't forget. They do wonderful things there; we've been known to bring a few creatures up there in the past.

Sheepish Annie said...

I'm with everyone else on the payday promise! I guess we are all on the same pay cycle...

But I don't know if I'm worthy of prizes. I eat tomato sandwiches with peanut butter. Not even the whole wheat bread I insist upon is going to make up for that food oddity.

Celeste said...

The only improveement I can see for your tomato sandwich is if the tomato is warm bacause you went and picked it while the bread toasted. I also like fresh cucumber from the garden in a sandwich - with or without the tomato.

gayle said...

And, of course, it's only a proper tomato sandwich if the juice drips off your elbows...
LOVE tomato sandwiches!

Norma said...

You have the perfect "recipe" for a tomato sandwich. And that soup and those rolls look YUM.

Tallguy said...

Oh, how I remember the tomato sandwiches Mom used to make when I was going to school. Of course,by the time I got to it, it's been sitting for a couple hours, and was wonderfully delicously mushy... oh, how I loved those! Almost as much as soft mushy cucumber sandwiches too!

I love tomato with peanut butter as well! And I thought I was the only one! Go figure.

But I agree -- if you get those red things from the supermarket, what's the point, really? Our season up here was very short (frost in a day or so, full moon on Tuesday), and tomatoes need a long hot season. Didn't happen this year. Oh, well.

TAJBloom said...

Well, there is one better way to eat a tomato, and that is standing in the garden in the middle of the tomato patch, munching on the tomato still warm from the sun, with the juice dripping off your chin.

Kathleen C. said...

Oops! Glad you reposted about the center as I meant to and forgot. Sent in my donation now.
Interesting... you make a tomato sandwich using my DH's secret family recipe...