Friday, August 11, 2006

Tomatoes galore

Or there would be if the bugs and kids didn't get to them first!
Yes... my beautiful HUGE tomatoes are ripening, and the bugs keep biting them and the kids keep picking the green ones.

That's OK though, because I took the opportunity to make that wonderful Southern dish Fried Green Tomatoes which was surprizingly easy.

Take the green tomatoes your over-eager two-year-old picked, and slice them very thinly, composting the top and bottom slices.
Get a bowl of buttermilk or soured milk (which you can make with a little vinegar in milk) and a bowl of seasoned cornmeal (add salt and pepper to taste).
Heat a 'skillet' (frying pan to those from the UK) and melt a little butter or heat a little oil in there.
Dredge the slices in the milk first, then coat with the cornmeal mixture. Fry on each side until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes.
Cool slightly, then eat!!


Also spotted in the garden... a monarch butterfly, suspected of being one of our caterpillars (now gone), a black swallowtail butterfly (also suspected of being one of our disappearing caterpillars) and one lone black swallowtail caterpillar.

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