Sunday, March 4, 2012
Not my usual weekend attire...
But I wear them to chop onions and it really works. My eyes didn't sting but the goggles did fog up so after a while I couldn't see. I could've chopped my finger off with the knife. Lucky I didn't. I don't know what's worse. Sore eyes or sore finger?
Anyway all the onion chopping coincided with a whole lot of tomato chopping. So. many. tomatoes. Again. Last weekend I turned approximately 4 kilograms of tomatoes into tomato sauce (ketchup) and today I turned another 4 kilograms of tomatoes into pasta sauce. Aaaagh. Why do they all ripen at the same time?!!
We had a crazy skin-splitting disease (too much water?) in our tomatoes this year so they were really only good for cooking.
The sauce I made using a bottle of Ezi-Sauce which is a complete misnomer. There is nothing easy about chopping 4 kilograms of tomatoes, 2 kilograms of onions and stirring it while it bubbles on the stove for 3 hours. Not easy at all. But it is yummy.
My Grandma used to make tomato sauce (in fact she made heaps of yummy things) and it is a great regret of mine that I never asked her for the recipe before she died. I asked my Mum about it a few years ago and she said she thought Grandma just used Ezi-Sauce. Ezi-Sauce? From a jar?! My Grandma is a fraud! I thought she made everything from scratch! But my sauce and her sauce taste remarkably similar so I think she probably did use Ezi-Sauce. And I'm ok with that because it's yummy. Hello BBQ season!
Today I made oven-baked pasta sauce using the recipe in Stephanie Alexander's book. This was a bit easier because I didn't have to do as much chopping because I pureed the sauce at the end. It took ages to cook though. 8 hours in the oven!
And next weekend? I'll probably have another 4 kilograms of tomatoes by then so any suggestions? Something without onions please!