Last of the carrots

A nice surprise when I dug the garden. The carrots never really got thinned and pretty much got lost under the tomatoes and arugula.

Sepember 11, 2011

Tomatoe sauce

It’s been a year since I’ve written anything in this blog and it’s time to revisit it. I’ve been busy this week cooking up tomato sauce with tomatos, basil and thyme from my garden plus leeks, onions and garlic from Cam’s. I throw it all in the pot and cook it down, then put it in jars and freeze it. I’m not a canner. Cam brought over a huge harvest of basil. I added coriander, walnuts, parmesan, olive oil and garlic to make pesto. Et voila la proof!

Basil and coriander pesto

Music program on the CBC marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Peter Oundjian conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra. The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, conducted by Matthew Larkin. Just listened to Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

I’m planning to spend most of the day at the barn with my horse Jack. I bought him at the beginning of June. He’s 9 years old, a Quarter Horse, Haflinger cross. Here we are:

Jack and Kim

Saugeen Slicers & Beans

Saugeen Slicers & Scarlet Runner Beans

I picked the first ripe large tomatoes from the garden today. They’re called Saugeen Slicers and came from seedlings I bought from the Saugeen River CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). They’re pretty good, not as sweet and tastey as the cherry tomatoes I got from them.

My organic farmer neighbour Cam was over and spotted the large, ready to harvest beans growing on the scarlet runners I planted along the deck railing purely for decorative purposes. So I picked them and added them, sliced, to a ratatouille stew I made from Cam’s organic onions, zucchini, eggplant and garlic along with my organic tomatoes, basil and thyme. I forgot to photograph the plate; I was so hungry I just dove right in before even thinking of the camera.

Scarlet runner bean plant