Most of what we grow in the garden goes directly into our mouths. But the tomatoes? Can't keep up. I'm giving them away to friends, neighbors, and our priests. I'm making salsa, BLTs and pasta salad. I roasted a big dish yesterday for sauce or soup, it matters not. And still. I can see a pile of 20 or so from where I sit. I'm hoping that the mockingbirds, who have invited ALL THEIR BIRD FRIENDS to our garden, will go for the tomatoes and leave my dear peaches alone.
It's nice because the last two years we've gotten very few tomatoes. This year our winners in the garden have been tomatoes and blackberries. Only two of our blueberries have many berries to speak of and those are being plucked by the aforementioned birds and an overeager toddler. No onions or potatoes this year because we just ran out of time. We've gotten a few peppers, jalapeno and bell and they were extraordinarily good. Try as I might, I never get a good spring crop of peppers. Once fall rolls around, they shine. The children ate all the peaches from our early tree and the others are being eaten by the (picture me typing and deleting like a billion swear words here) birds. (My husband just confirmed that they got every.last.peach.) I still have a bit of hope for our pears.
Winners in the kitchen this week: Fruit pops, a summer must. My son likes blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, and orange juice. My daughter likes peaches in place of the blueberries. Roasted tomatoes . Coconut Brown Butter Cookies. The browned butter was good in this recipe. In the mashed potatoes from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook? Not good! No one would eat them insisting that they tasted like shortbread. But the meatloaf on the same page? Very good. Tonight we are grilling chicken with roasted corn and tomato salsa. It's so, so nice to actually be at home in the summer and have the ability to plan and make meals!
On our metaphorical plate, My 13 year old's Latin final. I am not sure how to wrap up the school year because we started a few subjects halfway through the year. But I need to look back and evaluate before we move forward.