Friday, July 18, 2008

Fresh from the Garden....

There are things that I love to eat, but never buy in the store. Mostly because the ones in the store are just.......blaugh....and go to waste. So blah... I can live with out them.

Finally, we are having a wonderful tomato crop. Big bright juicy tomatoes. And there is nothing like a fresh from the garden orangy red tomato sliced up and sprinkled with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. I don't have to worry about insecticides, or salmonella or whatever. I can just eat the tomato.

I never eat sliced tomatoes unless they are picked from some one's garden during tomato season. Those in the store are just blah.....

Wait...I am sorry ......I said that already....blaugh......blaugh.......

Also, ThirteenEleven is having a bounty crop of Okra.

Chris has been cooking the okra whole on the grill. And it is wonderful! I have never had grilled okra, actually never heard of it. He was grilling eggplant on night and decided to grill him up an okra and it turned out to be the best grilling find to date. I confess....have bought frozen okra to place in soup. However this year, we have okra in the freezer from our garden.

14 comments:

deborah wilson said...

I've never tried grilled okra - think I might now. Okra makes for good vegetable soup!

My tomatoes aren't coming in yet because I planted late. I've been buying mine from the local produce stand. I know the people and know that the tomatoes are home grown and free from salmonella, etc..

NatalieDeltaGam said...

that tomato looks soooooooooooooo good!!!!

Green Fairy said...

Those tomatoes look divine! We're several weeks away from a good crop in Chicagoland, and the grocery store offerings lately--blaugh!

Her Shabbiness said...

So jealous. You are right, there is nothing like a home grown tomato. When my grandfather used to have his garden his tomotoes were so red and juicy we would eat them like apples. Delicious. I'd never do that with one from a store. You are right, store bought are blah!
Enjoy your scrumptious crop of home grown goodies!

Sandy said...

Those tomatoes make my mouth water! They look like Beefstake tomatoes. Yummmmmm!!!

iloveupstate.com said...

That tomato looks sooooooo good. Mine are still green...they need another week or so. I can't wait!!!

Oliver's Bungalow said...

What a good idea! Mom planted okra last year, and I like the taste, but we couldn't figure out what to do with all of last year's yield. We'll have to try grilled okra.
-Christine

Marilyn said...

Those tomatoes are beautiful! I am salting and licking the screen. You're lucky to have such a great growing climate. Enjoy all those delicious things.

Sarah said...

Stopping by and actually leaving a comment - no more lurking for me!

Thanks for stopping by my very very sparse blog. I have been lurking yours for quite some time and I really enjoy it.

I'm with you, I love fresh sliced tomatoes. My husband and I are big on fresh cherry tomatoes. I can't wait for ours to ripen.

Never had okra - might have to add that to my list of foods to try.

Jenni said...

Thanks everyone.
Sarah-Thanks for coming out of the woodwork and commenting.

Marilyn- I had a photo of the tomato slices salt and peppered, but it just was not a pretty as the one above.

Joanne, Natalie, Jean, Sandy, and her shabbiness... Just as soon as the "photography session" was over.
I ate them. And they were as good as they look.

Deborah and Christine- I was surprised how good the okra was too. He sprinkled it with Italian dressing before he placed it on the grill.

Anonymous said...

You should pickle some of your okra. There's nothing like chilled pickled okra and a cold brew.
PJ

Kim said...

Nothing matches home grown maters! I love them things! My daughter and I have our first garden this year and we are enjoying the tomatoes and watermelon!

Amanda said...

Hmm. I might have to try grilling some okra if I see some at the farmers market...never had it that way.

Jenni said...

Kim---yum...watermelon...We need to make a spot for them next year.

Amanda. Try the okra.. you will like it.

PJ-I need to look into the pickled okra.