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Sunday, 2 November 2008

Alien Encounters of the Tomato Kind!

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In the last few weeks the weather has turned cold. I have been busy in the garden, stripping the tomatoes off the vines and sorting them out. We had an amazing amount considering the summer had been quite dismal. I'm letting the green ones ripen on the window sill and have oven-roasted a ton of cherry tomatoes, infused with chilli oil. These went into the freezer to use in soups and winter dishes.

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It looks like an alien infiltrated our greenhouse and left it's mark on some of the beefsteak tomatoes. I'm sure they would win best in show for freaky vegetables!

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Oven roasted cherry tomatoes

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Bumper crop

We had a good crop of potatoes and the chillies weren't so bad either. I have a nice supply of apaches to keep me going for a good couple of months. The others, poblanos, jalapenos, big banana, and bell peppers will be used within the next few weeks.

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A few of our chillies

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30 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

I see fried green tomatoes in your future:D

Jan said...

Oooh chillies and tomatoes - my two fav things!
Some of those tomatoes do look a little odd in shape but I'm sure they'll taste yummy and that's all that matters!

Passionate About Baking said...

Love the alien shapes Nic...you've had quite a decent crop. Those cherry tomatoes looks delcious all roasted up. Good job!! Love the variety of chilies too...

Nina Timm said...

What an abundance.....I think we can expect quite a few tomato based recipe coming up!

anudivya said...

Love green tomatoes! Made a bhajji version with it, but this would have been wonderful, if I had let them ripe.

Sam said...

That's an impressive looking tomato!

DocChuck said...

A tomato that ugly deserves to be decapitated, stabbed repeatedly, and cut into small pieces . . . the lifeless body of which will be incorporated into a verde salsa.

Shades of "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

Candy said...

What fun pictures! I love the oven roasted ones.

Vanille said...

I really like the funny shape of this big green tomato ;-)

Helen said...

Wow! I can't believe how many juicy tomatoes you got! We got a good crop but with limited space on the balcony it was nowhere near as good as yours! They are fantastic shapes and colours aren't they?

Grace said...

those are some behemoths, that's for sure! i adore oven-roasted tomatoes, and had i thought to infuse mine with chili oil, i would've felt even more strongly about them. :)

Raquel said...

Green tomato mincemeat - that is what I would do! Lovely looking tomatoes - just a little freaky! Much love, Raquel XO

The Mrs. said...

WOW! Those tomatoes look absolutely wonderful! And the peppers aren't half bad either! Can't wait to see what you make with them all! :o)

Margaret said...

That's a huge amount of tomatoes, I can smell them from here - fabulous.
The roast tomatoes will be very useful for winter cooking.

nicisme said...

Valli - LOL! I'm hoping they will all go red, most of them have turned colour now!

Jan - me too, especially really sweet ones.

Deeba - aren't they funny? The cherry ones are really sweet.

Nina - I know, now what to make...

Anudivya - I bet your bhajji was delicious! Mine are all on their way to ripeing now.

Sam - I know, it's quite scary!

DocChuck - welcome!! Ha ha, I'm so glad it's just a tomato we are talking about here!!

Candy - the oven roasted ones were very good!

Vanille - that one is no longer green, but still as funny!

Helen - they are! We are so lucky to have some space here, I think we grew 4 varieties of tomato.

Grace - everything tastes better with chilli oil, well - most of my cooking seems to ;)

Raquel - sound interesting, you must tell me more!

The Mrs. - thank you, I'm using them slowly, the peppers will last a little longer.

Margaret - isn't that smell great?!!

Robin Sue said...

I am wicked jealous of your tomato loot. I could not grow one tomato this year or any other year. I just don't have the sun here. Great looking pictures!

miri said...

I thinks it's so wonderful to grow your own vegetables! I also would, if I had a garden :)
Your tomatoes and chillies look so good, with the great added bonus of being totally organic. So what if some of them grew to be a little "different"? I'm sure they'll taste great just as their handsome brothers and sisters :)

Dee said...

Good haul! I'm a little jealous actually. I have a tiny pot of basil and a habanero plant that is about to give up the ghost :(

Your photos are stunning, especially the last one!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

You have perfectly captured their mysterious quality, Nic! :)

Susan said...

How great that you've got a greenhouse, Nic! Those tomatoes are wild looking, for sure!

giz said...

Your alien tomatoes have personality - love em

Katie said...

Lately I've been so addicted to sun-dried tomatoes so this post is absolutely delicious for me... even the creepy looking tomatoes! :P

bbaking said...

I think those alein tomatoes are kind of beautiful! You could make some yummy green tomato chutney, mmmmmmm.

I have always wanted to grow chilli's, anytips on a good one to grow on a sunny kitchen wondowsill?

MrsDocChuck said...

My husband has been mezmerized by your photos for the past 3 days. Thanks for helping keep him calm and under control.

Rosie said...

I just love the shapes Nic of your tomatoes. What a wonderful crop you have! Love the variety of chilies too :)


Rosie x

Mansi said...

hahhaha, you do have a funny streak girl! I love those pics, esp the last one with peppers!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Those are some crazy looking tomatoes, but a heck of a crop! I'll have to bring you over to my garden to undo my black thumb, lol

Yasmeen said...

Gosh! you are so lucky to be feasting on fresh tomatoes:)

Cynthia said...

What a bounty.

Jeanne said...

Wow - those alien tomatoes really are something :) We managed probably about 3 dozen tomatoes from 4 plants, but not a single one ripened on the vine :( I blame the crappy summer and my, ummmm, tardiness in planting...! I also got tomato blight in a big way (didn't know what it was at first and lost quite a few nice big ones when they turned brown). However, I did manage to ripen three on the windowsill to make a caprese and cheer myself up. The good news though is that the remaining green ones went into the most kick-ass green tomato chutney I have veer tasted :)