I struggled all morning with a corporate illustration assignment that simply wouldn’t come together, then gave up and did some therapeutic baking. Ahhhh. Six dozen chocolate chip oatmeal pecan cookies later, I feel much better.
This is the time of year when tomatoes crowd the windowsills and spill over onto other available horizontal surfaces, get sent home with friends and relatives, and find their way into everything we cook. We grow Homesteads for slicing and romas for cooking — we also use the meaty, low-moisture romas to make enough truck-dried tomatoes to last through the winter.
This weekend, The Perfect Man harvested all the garlic that we grew in the winter garden and now it’s dangling in a pungent row on the cottage porch, drying out. The potatoes have all been dug, washed and stored. We’re steadily picking Japanese eggplant and Cubanelle peppers, and if green beans were money we’d be Bill Gates.
He also whipped up a batch of Green Tomato Chow Chow, using a new recipe. We haven’t tasted it yet — we won’t open a jar until the requisite two weeks have passed — but it smelled so wonderful in preparation that here’s a link to the recipe anyway. (Instead of the jalapenos, which we don’t have in the garden this season, we substituted a cup of tangy Cubanelles.) Mmmm.
Frog choruses are holding raucous, all-night concerts in the water garden. They are amazingly loud. Lying in bed, you can hear them clearly despite closed windows and air conditioners. (Researchers at the University of California have discovered that frogs accomplish most of their impressive amplification by resonating their croaks not through their mouths, but through their ears. I liked the fact that they determined this by fitting the test frogs with tiny foam earmuffs. I’m not making this up.)
Back to work…
Your garden is well ahead of mine. I’m envious.
I always love when I see a post of yours come through! I wish you could share your work adventures with us too.
Baking therapy – I totally get it. I get that way with jam more and more as well.
Flower Power said:
Love the illustrations. Also just the quirkiness of your blog. I do some illustration myself–but not of my garden. Huh, maybe I will, now that I’m inspired.
I’m not sure how I chanced upon your lovely blog, so I better put you on my favourites list, just so I don’t miss any of your posts!
Does it matter that I’m horticulturaly challenged and I can’t draw?
best wishes, Annette
I’m nursing my two tomato plants along … they’ve been touched by frost so much that they’re looking quite poorly. I also love green tomato relish or fried green tomatoes in the autumn.
Speaking of frogs, did you know it’s the Year of the Frog in 2008? I’ve mentioned it a few times on my blog this year and have written about frogs in my environment column too. Don’t you just love that croaking … what a lovely way to be lulled to sleep.
Here in Florida my tomatos have almost come to an end while we endure the hot summer months. Am already looking forward to planting more in a couple of months from now.
Shady Gardener said:
How did the Green Tomato Chow Chow turn out? I’ve copied the recipe and look forward to trying it. 🙂
But, one more note… Where do you find the information about the “pickling liquid?” Maybe I’m dense, but I need your help! kteachem at yahoo dot com (Thanks!)
hmmmm, cookies can usually solve most problems, can’t they?!! Yours sound quite delicious. I haven’t visited in a while but glad I found my way back and hooray, I can post again!!! (never could figure the other way out). Sounds like you’re having a great harvest. Congrats.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yeah, I guess pansies don’t like too much heat, huh? Hope you see some fun ones when the weather cools off. Love your drawings! I wish I’d known that fennel remedy for nausea when I was pregnant… ginger kind of worked but not too well. Phew, don’t miss that at all!
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Thanks for visiting my blog and for the great recipe. I am going to try it. I have a bunch of green peppers that need to get used up also.
Have a great day!
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