Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Rainy Day

At last, a rainy day.

Not being tempted to take a good book and settle into a lounge chair on the deck, with the occasional dip into the pool, I’ll spend today in the kitchen.

The farm stands are overflowing with produce and it’s time to start getting it in for the winter. I had guests over the past few weeks and usually made a blueberry pudding cake for dinner. If there was any leftover when they left, I put it into bags and popped them into the freezer to serve me over the winter. Then I’d whip up another cake to look all fresh and new for the next guests. Same with blueberry scones: some for them, some for me.

This afternoon it will be blueberry muffins and then tomato sauce. I’ll do up gallons of tomato sauce and soup to put in the freezer. The sauce is great with a few shrimp over pasta or perhaps with meatballs or even just on its own for a light vegetarian meal. And who doesn't love tomato soup on a cold snowy evening.

My own tomatoes this year have been AWFUL. See pictures above.

Last year they were great. This year every plant has one tiny, droopy little bit of fruit clinging to the end of a skinny, anaemic green, almost leafless branch. Most disappointing. I had to buy tomatoes at the farmer’s stand. I’m sure they will be as nice as any I grow myself. But it just won’t be the same.

I have the honour of being the guest blogger at Mystery Lovers Kitchen today. The recipe, and a picture, of the aforementioned Blueberry Pudding Cake is provided.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

When does dinner begin?

Vicki Delany said...

Sorry Alex this is all for the freezer. I have since been informed that the problem with the tomato plants might be a lack of bees in the spring.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I was just going to leave a comment asking for the blueberry pudding cake. So now I'm off to Mystery Lovers Kitchen instead. I love anything with blueberries.


Donis Casey said...

That bee remark sounds ominous.

The Yard Bard said...

Lack of bees is a scary prospect, even worse than anemic tomatoes. :(