Our tomato plants are looking a little sad. Thanks to the self watering pots, they produced loads of fruit, but they’re just not ripening. We’ve left them as long as we could, but they need a little helping hand.
I took the toddler out for a little tomato picking session. We stripped the plants and put all the green tomatoes into a box with a ripe banana. Everyone we spoke to told us that this was the key to lovely ripe tomatoes, so we gave it a go. What d’ya know, it actually works!
Of course, now we have an enormous glut of tomatoes. One of my favourite things to do with them is ‘Bottom of the fridge’ pasta sauce. This involves taking a load of tomatoes, onions, garlic and any old veg in the bottom of the fridge that looks a bit old and sad. You cook it all down in some butter in a large saucepan with some herbs and when it’s cooked, whiz it up the food processor. Then, if you’re brave you can put it back in the pan and experiment with other flavours. I add a bit of sugar, a bit of balsamic vinegar, a stock cube, and anything else I fancy.The best thing about it is you can really just use anything, and adjust it to your own taste. It’s also ace for making sure the little ones get plenty of veg.
I felt like experimenting a bit as well, so as there were plenty of tomatoes left over, I tried a tomato relish. It’s been a long time since we’ve had burgers with a delicious relish, and I wanted to change that. I fried minced garlic and onions until soft, added tomatoes and cooked for 10 minutes until it was cooked down. I then added 2 tbs of sugar and 2 tbs of white wine vinegar and simmered until thick. You can change these measurements according to taste. It tastes delicious, just need to try it on those burgers now!