The September harvest I mean. Some things we have been harvesting all summer like Mixed Greens, New Zealand Spinach, Mint, Sage, Basil and Oregano. For some reason the oregano bush began attracting very large black flying bugs. I have no idea what they are or if they bite but they are HUGE and will let you know in no uncertain terms that you are too close to their oregano bush flowers. As a result, I am currently afraid to pick oregano.
I do plan on drying the herbs for use during the winter (as long as someone else - ie the hubby - cuts the oregano) and my friend Julie was kind enough to dehydrate the mint for us so we now have our own mint tea!
|Cherry Tomato bounty|
Drying the Cherry Tomatoes is super easy. Cut in half, place on pan facing up, sprinkle with salt and put it in the oven on 225 for 4-5 hours (sometimes more depending on how many you have). Then pop them in your mouth!! They are AMAZING. They taste like CANDY!! If you have any left over, store them in a sterilized sealed jar covered in olive oil in the fridge for up to 6 months.
|Sliced on a baking sheet|
If I could get Liam to try one I'm sure he'd be addicted. Liam is currently in his 'plain food' phase, where sauces, spices and condiments are "YUCKY!!!!", so trying a dried tomato is like asking him to try to eat a bug. Not gonna happen, unless by accident. I don't know what happened to this kid's taste buds. He used to eat curries with me! We used to go for Ethiopian food together! He loved flavours! His current list of favourite foods includes crackers, breads, pastas, crackers and...crackers. How he grows on that I have no idea, but he grew an inch this summer. I'm sure it's just a phase. Maybe his taste buds are growing? So, in the meantime, more candy tomatoes for me! And you! If you want me to make you some, please let me know! They are so amazing on their own or in salads, sauces and anywhere else you'd use a sundried tomato.
If you visit us in the next few weeks you WILL receive a bag of tomatoes to take home! If you would prefer them dried, please let me know the day before and I'd be sooooo happy to do it for you!
I'm seriously considering investing in a food dehydrator after this harvest season! My oven is always on!