At last, something I CAN show you!
I’ve spent the last three days working on things which are either secret, not due for posting yet, or simply too mundane to warrant a post. Blocks for F2F, blocks for my ScrapHappy post on 15th of this month, a blackout lining for curtains at my sister-in-law’s new house, a blackout-lined curtain for the window in the western wall of our bathroom to reduce the heat of the afternoon sun, a little embroidery for the stitch-along due on Sunday next week. The result has been a distinct lack of Tall Tales From Chiconia…
Amongst all the stitching, we’ve been enjoying a couple of brief thunderstorms, with more on the way. The resulting downpours have been so very welcome, and have resulted in some beautiful greening in the garden. Chief amongst the new surge of growth has been a wave of tomatoes from the three plants I put in a year ago. Still cropping, still growing, frequently chopped back but undeterred.
This is one day’s picking of cherry tomatoes. Too many for a salad, too few to preserve. I’ve found the best way of using them is to toss them in olive oil, sprinkle them with a grind of sea salt, black pepper and dried oregano and roast them in the oven. The flavour concentrates and sweetens, and a dollop of the resulting squishy loveliness is outstanding in sauces, stews, over pasta and in salads. It freezes brilliantly well in ziploc bags too.