Posts Tagged ‘jalapenos’

When Life Gives You Green Tomatoes…

Salsa Verde

For close to a month now, I’ve been patiently waiting for Indian summer to set in.

I’ve optimistically/delusionally put off closing up the garden in the hopes that some unseasonably warm weather would drop by and bring the masses of tomatoes on my vines to fruition.

But, with the Everyman and I leaving for a week’s vacation at the cottage, it appeared I would have no such luck, so rather than hoping for the best while we were away and potentially losing all of the tomatoes to frost, I sucked it up and stripped the plants bare over the weekend.

The damage?


Anticipating Harvest

Third Jane Doe

At this time last year, I was up to my eyeballs in lusciously imperfect tomatoes.

But, like almost everyone else this year, my garden’s been slow to blossom.  About 2 or 3 weeks ago I was finally able to start harvesting close to a handful of mixed cherry tomatoes per day.  Even though we’re now a couple of days into September, I still haven’t tasted the first full size fruit yet.


As with the red ones above, I’m not sure what varietals these (and the one below) are.  I don’t recall planting any white varieties, but these tomatoes seem awfully pale to me.  Perhaps they might be garden peaches…

Here Turkey, Turkey Turkey…

With Orzo

My inspiration comes from many places.  Sometimes it’s as simple as peering into the fridge or freezer and dreaming up something delicious to make with the haphazard contents.  At others it comes from my mass consumption of photos on Tastespotting or Foodgawker; even though I rarely cook from a poster’s recipes, sometimes all it takes is a photo and description to get the wheels turning to come up with my own unique dish.

Earlier this week that was exactly the case when I came across these jalapeno turkey meatballs.  The picture and concept were enough to send my mind whirring a mile a minute, so when I arrived home I found a turkey breast I’d purchased from Bob in the hopes of smoking into deli turkey (unfortunately it was too small to make anything substantial, so I gave it a pass).  Next I dug around in our freezer for the remains of the back fat purchased during our ‘nduja and csabai adventures.  I really wanted to use the last of it up because my half hog will be here in a few days, with it’s own fats ready for rendering into lard or sausage matter, so I didn’t want to have old stuff lying around.  Next I grabbed a jar of jalapenos I pickled last year, some fresh garlic scapes and one of those roasted poblanos (I think) that I bought from the Mississauga market earlier this summer.  After cubing the meats, I threw the whole lot (including the scapes) into the grinder attachment on my stand mixer.  Let me tell you, watching scapes grinding is a whole lot of fun!