Joyful weekend so far

So far, it’s been a pretty joyful long weekend, where the Mom Food Project is concerned. I had off from work Thursday and Friday, and there’s been a lot of food joy in my house.

First, I realized this blog turned a year old a few weeks ago. Oops; didn’t realize it, so it came and went unheralded, but it still makes me happy. Also, the post before this one was my 200th! Again, didn’t realize.

Another great thing: No cancer! Blood tests and scans all came back negative. My first cancer surgery was in 2007; this is great news, as you can imagine. Okay, it has nothing to do with the blog, but I had to tell you!

In serendipitous food news, the Berkeley Bowl (@BerkeleyBowl) tweeted yesterday that they were having a special on flats of pesticide-free tomatoes on the vine. About 45 cents a pound. I jumped on it and bought these:

two flats of pesticide-free tomatoes on the vine, stacked on atop the other

I made a big bowl of the tomato stuff with four and a half pounds of them. Hey, that’s from the first official post, so we’ve come full circle!

Chopped tomato salad in a big green bowl, with basil and garlic and salt

The rest I blanched, skinned, and turned into a massive vat of tomato sauce, with onions, garlic, veggies, and olive oil (click thumbnails if you want to see bigger pics):

celery, carrots -- click to enlargeall the veggies in a big pot -- click to enlargeblanched and skinned tomatoes added to the veggies -- click to enlargetomato sauce before blending smooth -- click to enlarge

And now, in the same vat, I’ve just made the mother of all pots of split pea soup, with a huge smoked turkey leg. It’s delicious, and it will fill my freezer. Recipe later, and photos, but James offered to put it away for me, and I took him up on it, so I don’t wanna bug him just now. He also made us grilled mozzarella sandwiches to go with it. He’s the best.

Not a bad weekend at all. How’s your weekend?

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4 thoughts on “Joyful weekend so far”

  1. The tomato pictures look a lot like Alan’s tomato pictures when we bought a flat of tomatoes a few weeks ago (but he only made sauce).

    Here’s, it’s a combined productive and lazy weekend. Friday’s food was fresh tomato sauce (with basil and mozzarella and garlic, tossed with hot pasta) and cucumber salad. Today I’m making tomato panzanella from the odds and ends of old bread. I hope I’m also pickling the overabundance of red onions.

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