Jane and I have been away from home for a week, looking after her elderly mother while her usual carer was on holiday. Returning home, we are now confronted by what could almost be described as a glut of tomatoes.
Today, therefore, we have been "slaving over a hot stove" and converting many of the tomatoes to sauce, semi-dried tomatoes etc. Since we already have quite a lot of plain tomato sauce in the freezer, I made a batch of sauce which included onions, garlic and chillies as well as tomatoes. Likewise, Jane made a batch of semi-dried onions with olive oil, salt and dried oregano, as a variation on the plain versions we had made before going away.
|Cherry tomatoes "Sweet Aperitif" and "Sungold"|
As well as the tomatoes we have had 3kgs of Runner Beans and about 200g of French Beans to deal with. After reserving a decent quantity for eating fresh, the majority of the Runners have been blanched and frozen.
The French beans are from the plants I have grown in the pots which formerly held potatoes. It's not a big yield, but a very welcome second crop, and a nice change from Runners.
|Dwarf French Bean "Processor"|
Thanks to my team of Garden Helpers, the veg-plot is in pretty good shape despite my absence. The only bad news is that one of my precious Leeks has decided to bolt.
|Leek flower-bud or "scape".|
I'm going to dig it up shortly, and hope that it is still edible. Let's hope that its siblings don't go the same way!