31 July 2009

We've got tomatoes

Walt went out and picked all of these tomatoes yesterday afternoon. As you can see, the weather has been cooperating and the garden is producing generously. Summer 2009 is turning out to be a good one, on the model of 2004 or 2005, when we had great gardens.

Tomatoes at La Rennaudière, 30 July 2009

Now we have to figure out what to do with all these tomatoes. I'd give some to the neighbors, but they are in Blois. Mme M.'s sinus problems have not gotten better.

Salade de tomates au basilic et à la mozzarella

We can make salads like the one above, and we can make sauce. I think yesterday's tomatoes will become sauce for canning or freezing. We are supposed to have a rainy weekend, so we'll spend it in the kitchen. Since the freezer is pretty full, I think I'll do some canning. Tomato coulis sounds good. Or purée de tomates.


  1. Hi Ken, You've just given me the perfect idea for Sunday's lunch, when my mother is coming for our weekly meal together. Tomatoes with mozzarella and basil as a starter ... the perfect match. Martine

  2. Thanks from me too for a great lunch idea for today!


  3. You could sun-dry the tomatoes or get a dehydrator.

  4. Ohhhh là là! Comme c'est beau!

    I just went out to lunch with a friend at a local French bakery/restaurant, and we started by sharing their special appetizer of the day: a homegrown tomato with basil and olive oil-balsamic vinaigrette... not even any mozzarella... and it was $5.95! And... sadly... the tomato had been refrigerated, and it didn't have very much real tomato flavor --- for $5.95!

    I want YOUR tomatoes! They look great.


  5. Too many tomatoes is a good problem to have! Enjoy your weekend.

    Don't forget to make some BLTs! (We love what we call BALTs in our house--bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado on toasted sourdough bread. Yum!)

  6. What a great start to the tomato harvest, I can just feel the sun coming off from them. Delicious dilemmas are always the best!
    I've just picked my first bowlful(much smaller)and getting used to the idea that I don't have to shop to get my tomato fix I can just step into the garden !

  7. Now what I don't understand is, your outdoor grown tomatoes are ready to eat and look great. The ones in my greenhouse are still green. The year I grew them outdoors I made lots of green tomato chutney as most of them never ripened. Yours look lovely, I can almost taste that unique home-grown flavour.

  8. Hi Ginny, we bought some bacon the other day. It's not so much a local product, or way of selling the local product, but it is available. We had BLTs once and having them again, the BLAT version, sounds like a very good idea.

    Judy, sorry about your tomato. If you come over in summer, I'm sure you'll enjoy the ones we grow. If the summer weather is good, c'est entendu...

    Jean, are you talking about tomatoes grown in the U.K.? Or in Le Grand-Pressigny? We tried to grow tomatoes in San Francisco, but the climate wasn't suitable. I just looked at the S.F. weather forecast. High temperatures of 16 and 17ºC are predicted for the coming week.

    Nadège, good ideas. I'm wondering about drying tomatoes in the oven, at low temperatures.

    Ladybird and BettyAnn, hope you enjoy your tomato salads as much as we are enjoying ours. Sally, enjoy!

  9. Ken did you check Dedene's post today?

  10. Hi Nadège, I just looked at Dedene's post and the My American Market site. That's hilarious. I hope the vendor's business plan proves successful. For me, there's nothing there I would order, especially at those prices!

  11. It's gowing tomatoes outdoors in the UK that is difficult. There were beautiful tomatoes on the plants in the allotments in Le Grand Pressigny all the way through from August to October last year.

  12. That's what I thought, Jean. It was the same for us in San Francisco. We are looking forward to meeting you later this month.


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