Toe-may-toe, Toe-mah-toe, This is It. I Mean It!

So, today was supposed to be about my potato harvest. Here’s what I got for potatoes.

Small potatoes, with my little foot.

Small potatoes, with my little foot.

So not an absolute bust, but last year we got almost 20 pounds, so I was certainly disappointed. Also, that is not enough potatoes to blog about, in my opinion.

Here they are- the last tomatoes I shall harvest until summer 2015. I mean it this time. No more!

Here they are- the last tomatoes I shall harvest until summer 2015. I mean it this time. No more!

All was not lost, though. I was able to harvest just shy of 15 pounds of green…wait for it…tomatoes. I thought I was done with tomatoes for 2014, but evidently I was wrong. Thankfully, there are some pretty cool things a DIYeter can make with green tomatoes. I made mince pie filling. My recipe was based on this one.  I changed it up a little, only because I have no intention of canning it. Because we all know that canning recipes must never be changed.

I smooshed up 8 quarts of the tomatoes. I started with a knife, but realized it was faster to use my hands. Then I added 5 pounds of apples, peeled and grated.

Yes, I bought the bargain bag of apples. It was a good idea as I got a good mix of flavors and textures. The blend of sweet and tart, firm and soft apples gave the mince a deep complexity.

Yes, I bought the bargain bag of apples. It was a good idea as I got a good mix of flavors and textures. The blend of sweet and tart, firm and soft apples gave the mince a deep complexity.

Next, oranges, lemons, a whole lot of raisins, and brown sugar. Finally, some very fall-like spices: cinnamon, allspice, and clove. Also, I added just a little salt. If they ever develop the scratch-and-sniff blog, I’ll repost this. The smell is just amazing. And here it is a few hours later, ugly but delicious. Once it cools, I’ll freeze it for a winter of pies and other tasty treats.

done!

So, I can now say I am done with tomatoes for the winter. I still have a lot of clean up in the Food It Yourself garden to do, but I really feel that I got everything I could out of it this year. I suppose that means I can start planning for next year…

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