Ever since I started growing (and obsessing over) tomatoes on my back porch, few things make me as happy as the perfect tomato. Doesn’t this one look amazing?
Unfortunately, I cannot take credit for this one, but it does provide me with some inspiration for my little plant. My favorite thing about tomatoes is that there is so much you can do with them. I picked these ones up at the market a few days ago and had so much fun roasting them in the oven. They look so fresh!
In order to roast them, here’s what I did. Cut them in half and line them up on a cookie pan (I used parchment paper) as shown above. Drizzle some olive oil and add a few unpeeled garlic cloves (about 3-4) like so:
You then put them in the oven at 200 degrees F for 2.5 to 3 hours.
When you take them out, they should look like this:
From there, you can enjoy them on their own or throw them into your favorite pasta or onto your favorite pizza! Here’s what I did with them:
We made it through our first week back to reality! So far I am really liking my new job and loving working from home. J also had a great time at orientation meeting new people and getting to do fun Halifax stuff like kayaking and partying on Citadel Hill.
A while back when we were still in Ottawa, I went out for a jog and on my way back I picked up a little tomato plant that one of the neighbours was giving away. I’ve never really done much (read: any) gardening, but I thought that having a little tomato plant could be fun. It would be even more fun if we actually got some tomatoes! This is how she looked when I picked her up:
As she started to grow, I had to give her a bigger home because she was getting to big for the one she came in. Here she is after the move to Halifax. She’s a bit hunched over because the truck ride to Halifax was a bit rough on her. In fact, people told me I should probably throw her out and give up, but I just couldn’t. I was told that in order to get tomatoes, one would have to start earlier in the spring (I only picked her up in June). I still wanted to try though just to see what would happen.
Lo and behold, a few weeks after we got to Halifax I noticed a tomato! For someone who has no kids, this would probably be the closest thing to my pride and joy:
Each day I would go and examine my one little tomato to see if it had grown, and to my absolute delight, one day I discovered that not only had it grown, but that “it” was in fact “two”!
A few days later, I noticed 3 more beginning to bloom. They are a little harder to see because they are still young and are sort of hidden by the leaves above them, but if you look closely, you can see them. You can also see how much their older siblings have been growing.
Here are the two most recent pictures that I have. It is now past labour day so I am just hoping that there will be enough warmth left for these little guys to reach their full potential. I’ll keep you posted, and if you have any tips, feel free to share them. Thanks for reading!