Monday, September 20, 2021

Tomatoes..muffins..basil..repeat..

 

















My daughter shared a lovely little roasted cherry tomato sauce with me..
I made it once..made 2 pots..
I made it again!
I did amend the recipe ..
I roasted a head of garlic and a few red pepper strips and  an onion with salt and pepper etc..roasted at 425F for twice the time.
In the sauce I added 3 large sun dried tomatoes..and again kept a chunky sauce..it just gets better and better when you adapt to your liking..added red pepper flakes and some sugar..
I  added a splah cream for a rosé sauce one night.
Again..let me tell you..homes smell amazing ..while the roasting is going on..



My basil is still lovely and strong.
I attribute it's health and happiness to almost no watering during growing season.
I asked J to leave it alone..as I remembered that both Septembers away..we came home to lush basil..no one watered it..
Last year he killed it w/ kindness:)
I love that you can share cherry tomatoes.
My neuro got some..  our fireplace men got some..my neighbour..
It's so rewarding to grow and offer.

I started saving seeds..tomatoes etc..
I made muffins and had one while sorting some..
It's my FAVE bran recipe..
One bowl..  you can glaze or not..you can use prunes instead of raisins.
So so good.
The perennials are sad and burnt.I cut dwn the little lampstandard bed by the road.UUUUGLY.
I'll get onto the other ones sooner than later.
But the New Guinea Impatiens are lovely.
So more next year.
I added miniature dwarf Irises♥

Have a good week:)




29 comments:

  1. It's odd you say the basil thrived with benign water neglect. Mine has thrived too, and I wonder if that might not be the reason. It's here at the lake and I watered it well before I would leave but didn't always get back when planned and when I did it was very dry. Just starting to droop. Water revived it. A new gardening secret. Your tomato sauce sounds quite wonderful. I do love the small tomatoes -- so versatile. I can only imagine how wonderful your home smelled!

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    1. This is something I noticed here ..a very dry summer..I did water at first as most of it..was cuttings forma grocery store plant..Best trick ever that one;)I do know last yr it was loved too too much:)I love when a home smells delicious:)

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  2. The scent of roasting tomatoes is a delicious one that's been wafting through the house here lately. So good. Love adapting recipes. Your sauce sounds delicious!
    My basil is doing well, too. Perhaps it loved the heat and dryness of this summer. I always plant it under/next to tomato plants. The perennials here are looking rather tired, but I'll keep them going for a bit longer.

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    1. I think neglect is the key! And basil does seem to love being near tomatoes..I tried a few for the first time..the problem with where I put it I step on it while reaching for tomatoes:(I put another bed to bed yesterday it was very ratty..Kept the four oc'clocks for seeds to come.
      It's been such a dry parched year here ..that truky only Spring and early summer looked the way I like it;)

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  3. Hi Monique, I love your photos as always. Seeing your tomatoes, basil and muffins has made me hungry, they look so delicious! Have a great week too :)

    Rose x

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  4. Like you, I've started my list of garden plants for 2022. Top of the list is Sunpatiens without a doubt. I think we will both we making cherry tomato sauce for many years to come. Basil and roses did extremely well here, and my freezer is stocked with pesto.

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    1. Sounds like here lol:)I bought Garlic Chive seeds to try next yr..and larger tomatoes..I'll never stop the Littles though:)

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  5. Looks like Riviera food to me 👏👏👏

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  6. I am going to try those healthy muffins.
    My impatiens are still looking good in their pots. Mandevilla is going strong. I love that plant. We finally had steady rain over night.

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    1. Mandevilla is on my list for next yr..as I have had it and it thrives..driving around I see it and miss it:) Not sure the muffins are super healthy but they are good:)

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  7. Looks heavenly, fresh tomato sauce with basil. Our basil is the only thing that has prospered in our garden.
    Those squirrels ate everything else. The muffins are always welcome, especially with a cup of coffee.

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    1. That’s what I had for breakfast🙂Basil has a lunch squirrels don’t like👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

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  8. That tomato sauce sounds wonderful. Your basil looks so healthy!

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  9. I made cherry tomato sauce last week and froze it ;) All the big tomatoes seem to be ripening at once! I am still freezing those whole for soups and stews ahead. I tried Chris' muffins last week also. Made them with extra ingredients and should have added more baking time as my tops sank :( Had to put them back in the oven. Still good but no beauty contest winners - LOL. Wow! Your basil is gorgeous. I think I killed my with kindness too. I rooted some grocery store basil and have started them in a pot but it is getting chilly at night here, not sure if they'll be happy outdoors. My NG impatiens are gorgeous right now. They will definitely be on repeat next year. I've taken cuttings to see if I can successfully keep some growing for next year. It looks like plant camp in the spare bedroom :-) I can't wait to see your iris! ♥

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    1. I CANNOT WAIT EITHER♥
      Oh what a shame the muffins..do you know..wheat bran is almost impossible to find? I used to get big cello bags very modestly priced..I can only find Bob's Red Mill now..
      I want my big bags darn it:)
      I froze sauce too..yum yum yum..
      Yes neglect your basil next yr..my tonatoes are still great but unsightly foliage whatever is left but that ugliness all started a while ago:(
      I've been experimenting w/ no kneads in a cold oven..it works and well saves me from woman handling steaming hot pots..I hated that..I'll still use my mom's for oblonger and her:)Pre-heated but day to day..tried two recipes both worked a~ok cold oven!
      You are definitely a master gardener♥

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    2. I had a hard time finding wheat bran too! I went to a tried and true store, 1 tiny bag of Bob's Red Mill...only enough for one recipe of muffins! I might try Amazon.

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    3. That’s where I had to get mine😮

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  10. If I could I would plant my whole front garden with nothing but Basil. It would be so pretty and smell so nice. Plus I would have basil up the ying yang! Your tomatoes are so pretty. I love how you use and share everything to your best! Everything as always, looks gorgeous. I could dive face first into that pasta right now. I think its time for breakfast! xoxo

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  11. Looks delicious! It is nice that you share your tomatoes! :)

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  12. Lovely! I've been guilty of overwatering many times, trying to mend my ways.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hope all is well Amalia …yes it’s too much love lol

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