Even as we see all these shifts in our day to day, though, we're still enjoying the fruits of summer. Because it isn't over yet, people. Six more days of summer to go, and a whole bloody lot of tomatoes.
Twenty pounds of tomatoes, to be exact.
I do believe my Laura Ingalls complex has gotten entirely out of hand. You know that thing I do...where I see that my 7 lbs of tomatoes I'm buying for tomato relish, costs nearly as much as a twenty pound box. So, of course, being ever so economical, I go for the big box.
Then, on the drive home, several things hit me. And I'm talking a serious walloping over the head, cartoon lady with the cast iron frying pan-style.
Thing #1: Twenty pounds of tomatoes is really quite a lot of freaking tomatoes. Especially when I've never canned anything but tomato relish. Oh balls.
Thing #2: I've never canned anything but tomato relish. Oh bollocks.
Thing #3: I definitely do not have enough lids to can twenty pounds of tomatoes. Oh crap.
Thing #4: Not enough jars either. Oh shit.
So, I said to myself: Hey, lady, get your Laura on. If the pioneers could do it with no electricity, or fancy gadgets, you can surely work this out. And my Laura felt up to the challenge. Mostly. Inspired by this SouleMama post on tomatoes, I figured I'd knock out some passata and tomato soup, and use up all those gorgeous (cursed) tomatoes. Easy-bloody-peasy, right?
It started out so well, too.
Looks promising, doesn't it?
Turns out, trying to make passata without a food mill, is probably the stupidest move that can be made. Pressing out all those roasted tomatoes through a fine sieve, let's face it, sucks. It's the suckiest suck that ever sucked, really. And it made exactly this much:
Three freaking cups.
Three cups of deliciousness. But still. When the Mister looked at the results of my heaving, groaning effort, he said: "Well, that's a lot of work for not very much return." No. Freaking. Kidding.
It looks like my Laura...that feisty, hard-working gem of a pioneer...well, my Laura...before tackling her daily chores, and canning, just so happened to down a crazy pill with a jug of Mr. Edwards' moonshine. That's why she's acting all crazy...and making me all crazy, in turn. Not my fault, you see.
So, because today's passata was a giant Cluster-****-Extraordinaire, I will not be punishing you with that recipe. I will, however, throw an easy one your way, for celery salt. I used it on my roasting tomatoes, but you can put it on anything.
Like a Bloody Mary. Which is what I'm really wishing these tomatoes would turn into, right about now.
Celery Salt & Pepper
1 tsp celery seeds
3 tsp sea salt, large crystals
3/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
Put everything into a mortar and bash it about with the pestle until it's all a fine, even consistency.
Well, at least we didn't screw that up. I do believe Ma and Pa are ashamed of my Laura. May never forgive her, in fact.
Unless...tomorrow's tomato relish may just change their minds about me. Barring any unforeseen moonshine, that is.