My parents have one of the best gardens I have ever seen.
Yes, I might be a bit biased when I say that, but they grow almost everything we need in the summer and fall. They’ve got: peas, carrots, onions, green peppers, about 5 types of hot peppers, a million tomato plants, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, zucchini, green beans, 3 apple trees, plums, pears, grapes, and a ton of herbs. (Back before I was born we used to have corn, but what was once a little corn field is now a pool). We were sent out to forage for snacks when we were kids. You haven’t lived till you’ve had your mother scold you to eat more raspberries (I freaked out when I finally was on my own in the summer and saw how much those things cost at the grocery store!)
Needless to say, when I have family coming from my hometown I ask for as much fresh stuff as they’ll send. That box was brought by my brother this weekend, so there’s already a few tomatoes missing. The problem is that my mom and dad are also visiting this coming weekend, so I’ve gotta go tomato/cucumber/pepper crazy before they get here.
The problem is that my fiance won’t eat tomatoes raw for the most part (it’s ok in pasta salad, once in a while on normal salad), and straight up won’t eat eat cucumbers at all (who hates cucumbers?). So here’s what I’ve spent my morning doing:
I chopped up a few tomatoes and peppers, to make pasta sauce with. (My parents also sent along a massive amount of basil that I’ve gotta use up)
And then cooked it all up into a delicious mess. No onions because my fiance thinks those will also kill him dead (serious, I need to make a list). I’m going to add spicy sausage and we’ll have yummy pasta for dinner!
Sadly, that didn’t make enough of a dent, so this is my lunch:
Tomato, Walla Walla Sweet onion (sweet onions are amazing-we used to dip them in ketchup as a snack when we were kids), Cucumber, Basil, Garlic, and a touch of oil, sea salt, and pepper. Amazing salad.
I’ve still got a lot more cooking to do! I just don’t know what to make! Any ideas?