Thursday, November 3, 2011

Last Harvest

The Gaelic festival of Samhain (a.k.a. Halloween) traditionally marked the last harvest of the season and the beginning of our descent into the dark half of the year. And this year, it just so happened that I was gifted a massive bag of red and green tomatoes right before the weather turned cold last week.

My Granny gave me what was likely my last bag of fresh tomatoes until next summer, as I try to avoid winter tomatoes as much as possible (yuck!). I do have a tomato plant in my front yard filled with green ones, but I doubt they'll ever ripen. But Granny gave me more tomatoes than I knew what to do with before they turned bad. I fried a bunch of the green tomatoes in John P's Fried Okra, Tomatoes, and Tofu recipe last week. And I ate some red ones sliced with a little seasoned salt. A few went into salads, and I still had quite a haul.

So I found the last fresh tomato recipe I'll make this season to use 'em up — Sweet Garlic & Tomatoes with Pasta from Vegan's Daily Companion:

This simple, slow-simmered tomato sauce is made with lots of fresh garlic (2 whole heads!), about 10 diced tomatoes, olive oil, scallions, salt, and pepper. That's it. The recipe actually suggests serving it with farfelle (bowtie pasta), but I couldn't find that in whole wheat at Kroger. So I opted for whole wheat penne pasta instead. I loved this garlicky sauce, but it was a breath killer later.

On the side, I used some other fresh-from-the-garden produce. Granny had also given me a giant bag of fresh greens. And I mean, GIANT. I filled two soup pots with greens and slow-cooked 'em down crunk-style with turnips and my special seasonings (my recipe for Mess O' Greens with Turnips will be in my cookbook that's due out in April):

I'm not sure what type of greens these were (rape? mustard?), but they were delicious. And my greens recipe works with any type of leafy green, like collards, kale, turnip, mustard, or rape greens.

What have been your last harvest meals lately?

11 comments:

TheSweetestVegan said...

I really want some Collard Greens now.

Sheridan said...

Ooooh yeah! This is definitely a meal I would go for! I just read about that garlic & tomato sauce too & wanted to try it!

Kittee Bee Berns said...

I just learned that green tomatoes are great in salsa verde!

xo
kittee

mybrandnewlife said...

Did you know you can stick green tomatoes in a paper bag with some bananas and it can help them ripen. :)

Keith

The Health Sleuth said...

our harvest is still going...have two more CSA packages to come, and the ppl who run it also decided to do a winter CSA this year...so awesome!

JohnP said...

Your greens and turnips look really perfect! We thought of you last night, as we made a gumbo with ramen in it!

Jenna said...

I cannot wait for your cookbook so I can make a Mess O Greens!!! :)

Erin said...

Those greens look SO GOOD.

ashley said...

wow those green look so good.

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

I got a bunch of turnips in my fridge. I think some greens n' turnips are in order as well!

My harvest foods here lately have been squashes, apples, and pears. Oh, and Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. I love fall foods!

Tender B. said...

Mmmm...greens.