I love my garden. Well, the communal garden for our flats, that no-one else really uses.
In the year and a half we have lived here I have filled almost every available space with fruit and veg plants.
This year I’ve had purple sprouting broccoli, green beans, kidney beans, strawberries, raspberries, onions, courgettes, peas and about a million tomatoes.
The tomatoes have just been getting red and ripe enough to pick this week. One slight problem. I am not a big fan of raw tomatoes Fortunately, a good proportion of the meal I cook involve tomato sauce (not ketchup, just a sauce made out of tomatoes), so after my first tomato harvest I set about cooking up my own sauce.
|Just some of the hundreds of tomatoes I have waiting to ripen|
|First tomato harvest of the year|
Growing tomatoes is really easy, and making them into sauce is possibly even easier. More people should grow their own, it’s satisfying 🙂
All I did to make the sauce was wash the tomatoes, chop them up into a pan, add some boiling water, bring to boil then reduce heat to a simmer and leave for about half an hour, stirring occasionally (I am a compulsive stirrer of food in pans :/). I also added some seasoning to taste, just salt, pepper, mixed herbs and a bit of sugar this time, but you could add chili, garlic, basil or a whole range of other seasonings, depending on what you want. If you want a really smooth sauce you can strain it through a sieve to remove seeds and skin, I didn’t bother though.
|Washed and Chopped|
It’s times like these that I’m glad I inherited my mothers habit of collecting things that might be useful; in this case, jars!
|Half a jar or sauce from 18 small tomatoes 🙂|
I haven’t used the sauce yet, but it was yummy when I was tasting it while it was cooking. I think there’s going to a lot more sauce making in the near future, there are so many tomatoes out there!!