The tomato and fig photos in this post were sent to me by a reader on August 21st to show off her very successful garden this year. She lives in California and I will let her identify herself in comments if she chooses to. At that time I put them in my to do box thinking that I really need to get a Tomato Talk post up but I’ve either been in the hole or trying to catch up on everything else I didn’t do while I was in the hole until now.
I just got in from picking tomatoes myself. I have about half as many as in the above photo and mine are sun golds. If you only have room for one tomato plant each year, I’d go with the sun gold. It’s not an heirloom which means it is not as hard to kill, and it produces a tom of very tasty grape sized tomatoes. They are great in salads and you can throw them in stir fry dishes, make tomato sauce or use pretty much anywhere you would use a regular size tomato. They well keep producing to the first freeze. Mine are going strong and I haven’t watered my garden since June. They can take care of themselves but a little bit of TLC and you will have enough tomatoes for your entire extended family.
My only other haul was one bell pepper. I pretty much let my garden go to seed this year but my peppers tries really hard to stay alive, poor things. My only herb in the garden still barely holding on is my oregano.
There have been so many frightening news headlines lately that combined with all the technical glitches on the site, and the inevitable moving to an even bigger server again soon (doesn’t it feel like we just moved to this one? Remember how it takes two full days for everyone to be able to access the site again depending on where you live?) Yep, we are going to do that again we’ve outgrown this home. Plus the ongoing fruit fly war of 2017 that I rant about on Twitter and the invasion of the suicidal sugar ants (they all marched into a sinkful of water and died, I presume they were liberals) and then last night, the cockroach in the silverware drawer (which is no longer a drawer) plus lots of really good news that I will tell you more about when the fall shows begin that was still stress but good stress. Anyway, there has been a lot going on here that required way too much alcohol to deal with coupled by not enough sleep and THE CRAZY roared into town for an extended visit.
On Friday, I made it to Whole Foods after an internal dialogue that ran for over a month, probably closer to two about if I would just go to Whole Foods I could by anything I want. This would be a huge incentive for me during sane times (though when I am sane, I am a very careful shopper) but it took me forever to muster the energy this time. I usually have bank errands to run just before the first of the month and I made it to the banks on Friday and WF is just down the way so I went and bought all sorts of things. Most importantly, I bought two cases of the WF brand of Smartwater. It’s called 365 Electrolyte water. I buy 1.5 liter bottles and if you were to drink 2-3 of those a day I promise you would feel better. Dehydration is a real thing. I’ve also been worried about my brain. It had become harder to type and spell and just think clearly. So I jumped on the new craze MCT oil. It’s basically coconut oil that has been refined and is totally liquid. That’s a huge simplification, google it and read up if you are interested. I also bought Flaxseed oil and I take a tablespoon of each every morning. I also bought digestive tablets from the refrigerated section (flaxseed oil is also in the refrigerated section) because not eating and just drinking really fucks up you gut bacteria. 70% of serotonin is made in your gut, so that is why drinking a lot makes you depressed. Again, oversimplification. But I am really trying to eat yogurt and pickled foods like kimchi (pickles only count if you by them from the refrigerated section) and drinking Kombucha. The Kombuchca I like by GT is almost four dollars for a single bottle, so I shoot for one or two a week when I can and then there are weeks I need four or five to get back on track.
Anyway, enough oversharing, I just thought some of those items might benefit others of your with various forms of your own crazy. The Smart Water is the most important and believe it or not Whole Foods is the cheapest place to get it. Buy a case and get the 10% discount and twelve 1.5 liter bottles will run you $15. One bottle of name brand Smartwater that size is $2.50 -$3.00 a bottle ($36 a case.) So big savings. Started feeling better on Friday after the second bottle. I’m feeling A LOT better.
Today I made one of my favorite WF dishes. I think I’ve probably shared it before. I keep meaning to write posts about how to shop cheaply at Whole Foods. This one works well for single people. I am asked sometimes if I know that my diet of organic good foods and drinking lots of water keeps me sane, how do I keep falling back in the hole? The answer is eating right is a lot of hard work and some days I need to eat right away and I don’t have a healthy option so I drive to Taco Bell for some pink slime and pick up a 12 pack on the way home. That’s how it all begins. As much as I enjoy cooking, I get busy with the site and need to just eat something. So my this recipe comes in super handy.
Tamara Tattles (sorta healthy) Sausage Rolls (With Vegan Option)
1 pack of egg roll wrappers located in the fresh vegetable section with all the whackadoodle vegan things in the refrigerated section. (Try the expensive kimchi while you are there. Good for the gut by the spicy kind. but not for this dish, you have to eat it raw). Around $2.
1 pack of cole slaw mix also located in another refrigerated section of produce at the end where all the very expensive containers of things cut up for the lazy people are, near the weird green juice crap. You should look for this first because they don’t always have it. It’s red cabbage, green cabbage and carrots. If you want to shred all that yourself, go ahead, it’s more expensive in the end and a total PITA. Pay the $6. It will give you the perfect amount of everything.
2 Spicy Italian Sausages from the butcher. About $4.
You will also need Organic Soy Sauce and some sesame oil. You should keep these in your pantry anyway. I usually have both dark and light Sesame oil. The dark might freak you out if you are not used to it.
Make a shallow slice down the length of the sausage and pop it out of the condom. Crumble and brown the sausage in a pan. I like to included a chopped onion, but I love onions you can leave them out. If you are going vegan, use an onion. WF sausages are pretty lean so there will be no grease in the pan. You may need to use a bit of the sesame oil to keep it from sticking.
In a medium sized bowl pour some sesame oil and soy sauce toss in half the cole slaw mix and coat.
Add a small amount of sausage and a small amount of seasoned cole slaw mix to the wrapper. Fold in sides, fold bottom up to make an envelope and roll up to tip, use sesame oil to close. Brush outside with sesame oil and bake on dark metal cookie sheet at 400 for around 15 minutes. You can turn them if you want, but I just use a dark pan and it’s not necessary.
Yields approximately 20 egg rolls. Vegans can use more cabbage filling and leave out the sausage. I sometimes run out of sausage and make veggies ones. Also very good.
I just froze 12 of them in bags of 2-3 and they will be gone before next Monday probably. I’m always excited to find a bag when digging around in the freezer for something good.
I am dying to hear what you guys are up to for Labor Day Weekend. Also how are your gardens doing? Let me know in comments. I’m late to watch Big Brother.