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I found a relatively sunny spot on the balcony and planted 3 plum tomato plants this year, determined that we would have our own vine ripened tomatoes to oven-dry for using during the winter. Ha. What a dreamer I am. At least this year, I actually got tomatoes… (previous years, the plants have only produced flowers).
But the fruit kept dropping off the vine before they were ripe! And they were ridiculously small. Very disappointing. Next year, I’ll try something like beefsteak tomatoes. Maybe they’ll do better.
However, all is not lost. Every September, we find the most wonderful Ontario grown plum tomatoes and hot red Shepherd peppers. These tomatoes were $0.59 a pound in Kensington Market as opposed to $0.99 a pound at our local vegetable store (yes, even though Canada went metric eons ago, there are still many stores that sell goods by the pound).
We just finished chopping the plum tomatoes into wedges and have laid them on racks and sprinkled them with a little seasalt. They’re in the oven now. The weather has turned cool and it’s perfect temperature to have the oven on its lowest setting all night.
Ooooh, I can’t wait! I adore the intense flavour of oven-dried tomatoes!
And the peppers? We have only seen these lovely peppers for a couple of weeks in September and only at Kensington Market. They are hot (but not too hot) and have a delicious citrus flavour. They are the perfect addition to tomato sauce for pasta. I’m afraid that I didn’t pay attention to the price of the peppers. I love them so much that haggling just isn’t an option.