Monday, September 21, 2009
The overflow of tomatoes from last week landed in my kitchen. The nights have been a bit cooler, so I decided to turn the oven on and pry out as much flavor from the tomatoes as possible. Oven roasting is a cooking method I rely on heavily for this reason. It does not require much work on my part and really, the flavors are intensified. So, I made tomato sauce!
I oven roasted tomatoes, onions and garlic. Coated with a good dose of olive oil, it really required very little effort from me. Except scrubbing the cookie sheets everything was cooked on. That was a big hassle!
After the coming out of the oven, I poured my freshly caramelized vegetables into a food mill. The results were very satisfying. I kept some sauce hot on the stove, added some oregano and we had pasta and sauce for dinner that night. It was a thick, rich, roasted tomato sauce that seemed like it had been on the stove the whole day. The possibilities for sauce like that are endless.
Today, I am making apple butter. Apple trees are going crazy here in northern california. Even the ancient apple trees on our big meadow are producing. I have not seen that in years! I am very tired of our long, hot summer. The weather forecast says 90 degrees for the next week. All sunshine. I will try to maintain a positive outlook on that.....