Because our garden is too shady to grow tomatoes, we have to rely on the local market for our tomato fix. The other day, we saw the most amazing looking locally grown plum tomatoes. So we bought several, thinking we would make a fresh tomato pasta sauce that night and oven-dry the rest to have for the winter when plum tomatoes are at their most dismal. Well rats. Typical of virtually all the local produce, those tomatoes were clearly picked very green and allowed to ripen off the vine. They had no flavour at all. Rather than compost them immediately, we decided to try drying them anyway. Well, son of a gun! Tomatoes completely rescued. They are sweet tasting and wonderful. Imagine how brilliant they would have been if the tomatoes had ripened on the vine!