Tomato, tomato, egg, tomato

I almost made it to this weekend with out posting about last weekend.

Last week was a little nuts. I started a new workout regimen. I was doing strength before work and cardio after work. This left me with little time to actually make dinner. So, I made good use of my old friend the crockpot this past weekend.

After leaving the gym Friday night, I stopped and picked up dinner at Whole Foods. I snagged a bag of their house made thai pepper popcorn. It was the perfect snack for relaxing on the couch and watching a movie.

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Saturday I got up early, worked out, then made a large and delightful breakfast to fuel the day.

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Toast with egg, avocado and sriracha with a side of clementine, and homemade greek yogurt with chia, flax and strawberries. This powered me through a trip to Whole Foods to take advantage of their one day bulk bin sales:

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After getting home, I threw a curry in the crock pot.

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Feeling good about being able to come home to a hot dinner, I headed downtown to do some marathon shopping. After trying on over 50 dresses, I bought one. Success.

I recently inherited a plethora of homegrown tomatoes and a half dozen ears of sweet corn. I have been greatly enjoying those all week. Is there a limit to the number of tomatoes one can eat in day? I think not!
Tomatoes for breakfast:

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Tomatoes for lunch:

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Tomatoes for dinner:

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Oh, the joys of summertime.

Weekend recap: It’s August?

With temperatures in the 70s all weekend and a tan that is starting to fade, it’s hard to believe that it is August. Aren’t we supposed to be in the dog days of summer?

Knowing that we had back to back to back activities lined up for Saturday, I took advantage of Friday night by doing some grocery shopping and spending time at the garden. I picked a bunch of kale, fennel, carrots and cherry tomatoes. My cherry tomatoes are growing like crazy. They are all over the plant in giant clusters like I am growing grapes.

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The fennel smells wonderful. I can’t wait to cook it up and possibly use the fronds in a savory bread.

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Saturday started bright and early with a double yolk egg(those are good luck, right?) then off to help a friend with a yard sale.

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The weather was  perfect and it nice to sit outside for a few hours. When the yard sale wrapped up, we high-tailed it across the city to do the cake tasting for our wedding.

So many design options.

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We felt the presentation of the cake flavor options was a little odd, but that didn’t stop us from eating cake. In the end, we decided on a non-traditional flavor combination that we are both very excited about.

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We needed a mid-afternoon boost and stopped at Starbucks before heading to try on wedding bands for Brian. He tried the new Valencia Orange refresher. I thought it tasted just like Tang!(gross)

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After that we headed to a party at Challenger’s Comics to celebrate it winning an Eisner award. We had a ton of fun.

Sunday morning came far too quickly after Saturday’s busy day and late night. Despite the chilly 70 degree weather, I headed to water aerobics with a friend for some much-needed exercise. The water felt frigid at first but we forgot all about it once we started moving and chatting. I continued the outdoor theme for the day as I walked to the grocery store to pick up the last few things I needed to get food ready for the week. The weather was just too gorgeous to be inside. Then I piddled around in the back yard trimming my potted plants. I had a red bell pepper and a tiny San Marzano tomato ready for picking!

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After putting away the groceries, I used up some zucchini to make a batch of delicious chocolate zucchini muffins.

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It was a lazy Sunday dinner of salad, fruit and a take and bake pizza.

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Garden update

I have steadily been getting a few things from my garden this year: kale, tomatoes, strawberries, radishes, spinach, onions and herbs. Just a few things here and a few things there, so far.

I am eagerly awaiting my first cucumber and bell pepper. And my lone head of cabbage that I’m growing. Perfect for making homemade sauerkraut.

I had a tomato ready in one of my potted plants in the back yard, so I ate that for dinner on a veggie burger.

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It never ceases to amaze me how much more flavorful homegrown tomatoes are than store bought.

After dinner Brian and I biked up to the garden where I got oregano, more tomatoes, some of my second planting of radishes, an onion, kale and some sort of peppery lettuce that is growing in our community garden community plot.

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My tomato plants are doing incredibly well this year, just loaded with tomatoes. My carrots and fennel are coming right along and my kale keeps giving me kale. My strawberry plant has been much more productive than I would have guessed it to be and will have a few more strawberries ready tomorrow.

All of this makes me incredibly happy. How are everyone else’s gardens doing?

Italian roasted tomatoes

After removing my tomato plants from my garden, I pulled all the green tomatoes and orange tomatoes off to ripen on my counter. After coming back from Arizona, most of them were ripe. Since I couldn’t eat an entire counter top of tomatoes at once, I decided to roast them.

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Ingredients:
tomatoes
thinly sliced cloves of garlic
thyme
basil
orgeano
salt and pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Slice the tomatoes in half. Toss the tomatoes with olive oil and garlic. I used 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil per pound of tomatoes. Sprinkle generously with herbs. Place all tomatoes so they are cut-side down.

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Bake for about two hours. The length of time will depend on the size of the tomato. Bake until the tomatoes are completely softened, wilted and started to wrinkle.

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These are super tasty. They taste like pizza. I couldn’t stop eating them once they cooled. They would also be great tossed with pasta and basil.

Fried green tomatoes

I pulled all of the tomato plants out of my garden this past weekend. I brought home a lot of green and orange tomatoes and very few red ones. I will let them ripen on my counter but couldn’t resist trying my hand at fried green tomatoes with a few of them. And I have to say, they turned out to be a pretty tasty pre-dinner snack.

Ingredients:
2 large green heirloom tomatoes(or other variety)
1 egg
1/4 cup milk(I used almond)
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup corn meal
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
oil for frying

Heat some oil in a pan. I didn’t use much oil as I didn’t want the slices to get too saturated. Most recipes recommend heating up a quart of oil. I probably heated up 1/4 cup in the bottom of a frying pan.

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl.

Combine egg and milk in another bowl. Set aside.

Slice the tomatoes in 1/8 inch slices.

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Once the oil is hot, dip a tomato slice in the egg and milk bowl, completely coating it. Then dip the wet tomato in the dry ingredients, making sure it’s completely coated. Carefully place tomato in hot oil. Continue with other slices of tomato, making sure not to crowd the pan.

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Once golden brown, carefully flip the tomato over to cook other side. Make sure not to splash hot grease. Once golden brown on both sides, remove from oil and and place on paper towels to drain. Blot to remove excess grease.

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Serve hot. Enjoy this tangy and almost meaty treat. Careful not to burn your tongue.

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