Garden-Given Great Gastronomy

This is a throwback post published on September 10, 2013.

This year my garden focus was mainly on tomatoes.
And whoo boy, do I have tomatoes!

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Saucy!

I’ve made a few batches of sauce so far, and the most delicious tomato jam evar.

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Here be the recipe:

Tomato Jam

3 lbs fresh tomatoes
9 cups (but I only use 4!) sugar
2 lemons
fresh ginger (1″ thinly sliced)

In a large pot on medium heat place the tomatoes, cut roughly into chunks, lemon juice and ginger.
Bring to a boil and reduce the heat.
Cook slowly for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
Boil slowly for 30 minutes more or until desired thickness is reached.

And, to go with that jam, the worlds greatest Cheese Crackers:

1 cup butter
1/3 tsp salt
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/3 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you prefer spicy!)
2 1/2 sups flour
1 tbs water (approximate)

Blend all ingredients together to make dough. Roll out to approx. 1 cm width and cut with cookies cutters (alternatively, you can roll it into a log and just slice “coins” of dough that are about 1 cm wide).
Bake at 375 degrees F for about 12 minutes.
Best served hot!

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Spotty apples

I’ve also been gifted loads of pears and apples from my parent’s place, with the promise of yet another year of apple butter making ahead!

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Garden-Given Great Gastronomy

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