Sunday, 20 February 2011

For gluts sake....

My lovely husband has green fingers.

We have damsons, we have capsicums, we have basil, we have lettuce.

Abundance.



My trug is full to brimming.

I have not bought salad from the shops for months.

It is bliss.

He is really green fingered. He has the knowledge; and by now the experience also. But mostly a talent and an instinct. For planning, for compost, for care and dedication. And the innate sense of what a plant needs. It is beyond me, but I recognise it.

I sent him a text last week, whilst he was interstate. To send him a snap, via my iPhone, of just a tiny portion of the tomato harvest. He was thrilled enough to reply to a text - a rarity, let me tell you. In one day, I picked over 4kg of perfect ripe tomatoes, bursting with warm flavour. And every day since, just more and more.




And so this weekend we have dealt, he and I, with a small glut. A lovely welcome satisfyingly rich glut.

We will made caprese for every meal, even lunch, every day.

We have slow cooked tomatoes, on low overnight, to extract every last bit of sweet intensity they give.

Our home smells like an Italian pizza restaurant - all tomato and garlic and basil. Divine.



We have stewed them in the slow cooker with basil and black pepper, for sauce.
We have given bags away to neighbours, family and friends. The generosity of produce. I love it.

I love him. I love his garden. I love his gluts.


21 comments:

  1. I love this post! Mr woog is also a green thumb of epic proportions.

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  2. I tease that it is the mechanism by which they escape the mundance of small children...

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  3. KellyansapansaFebruary 20, 2011

    Wow, that is a %$^&load of tomatoes!

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  4. We are not green thumbs, although we are trying. Our garden looks like the Day of the Triffids but without the produce ... perhaps I should blog about that .... today in fact ... okey dokey then ...

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  5. You lucky gal you! We have brown thumbs here, but we're working on it! It seems we have both been blessed with marvellous hubbies!!! x

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  6. Yum! I've been planning on starting a veggie garden for ages now. Seeing how delicious all of your produce looks has given me the kick I needed!

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  7. MaidInAustraliaFebruary 20, 2011

    Love home-grown produce. I don't have a green thumb though, so only seem to manage limited produce ... no gluts for us!

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  8. melissa @ suger coat itFebruary 20, 2011

    Looks amazing. I so wish I had a garden like this. It might be time to dig up those weeds {and the mint} and start again. You've inspired me to move.

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  9. yum!

    i wish one of us had a green thumb....we are currently slowly killing a once beautiful veggie patch someone else with green thumbs set up in our garden..

    loved your closing sentence..!

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  10. oh that is amazing. I love getting produce from the garden, but nothing like what your hubby has produced here. He is the best! You should keep him!! xx

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  11. Divine... simply divine. gxo

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  12. ohh i cant wait to get my vegetable garden again, mine had to be demolished when renovating. It looks like you have had a bumper crop.

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  13. How divine! And what a bumper crop! It's been a bit of the opposite here, the weather has not been kind, but finally I have some zucchini growing, tomatoes beginning to ripen and we are eating silver beet every day! Our blackberries are a joy, and there is enough for the local rosellas and us!

    Gardening is such a joy! Yours seems no exception!

    xxx

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  14. It is my dream to have enough salad and veggies to be able to make a whole meal without having to buy anything from the shops. Yet to be accomplished as I struggle to keep my herbs alive but I just have to try a bit harder. Those tomatoes look divine what a treat, and kudos to your hubby what a champ!

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  15. Marvelous stuff! I wish I were near by so I could grab me some. I absolutely LOVE tomatoes and home-grown ones are the best. Enjoy your tomato-ie goodness. How about a gardening tips post from Mr Green thumbs, fingers and toes?

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  16. therhythmmethodFebruary 20, 2011

    Your last line made me laugh. Love his gluts, very funny.
    I love tomatoes too. I hated them as a kid, all powdery and store bought, but home grown they are addictive and beautiful. Like little jewels.

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  17. Fussy Eater's MumFebruary 20, 2011

    I now have a terrible case of Garden Envy. Despite being married to a farmer, our garden is a dry and withered failure. Can I borrow your husband?

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  18. planningqueenFebruary 20, 2011

    How fantastic, we had slow cooker tomato soup last week using the tomatoes given to us by my father in law - he has a glut too!

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  19. Nicole AveryFebruary 20, 2011

    How fantastic, we had slow cooker tomato soup last week using the tomatoes given to us by my father in law - he has a glut too!

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  20. I'm buying the house next door to yours if that's how you treat your neighbours!! Yummo. I just picked a small bucket of cherry Toms that self seeded in our chook pen (it's big and was my veggie patch last year!) nom nom nom!

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  21. oh wow. Lucky you! We didn't manage to get a garden in here yet after our move, but it's very high on our to do list

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