I stopped over at my Grandma's yesterday to pick-up tomatoes. She has a giant garden that I am very thankful for. While I was over, I was reminded of the reasons I love my Grandma and her house. Everything about the place is nostalgic to me. The candy in the candy dish, the food that is always being cooked, the gun by the back door, the unending projects around the house. I love my Grandma because she has poured so much into my life. I can't remember sporting events without my Grandma. Even when we would stay overnight at basketball tournaments, she would go with us. She has always supported and loved me, and for that I am forever grateful.
While I was over at her house, she was peeling tomatoes to can. Now, I've peeled apples and potatoes, and even carrots, but never tomatoes. I didn't know the first thing about it, but watching her was peaceful. You boil the tomatoes for a few minutes then you dump them in cold water. The skin just falls off. In all my life, I've never thought I should peel a tomato. But, when I left her house, I went home and did just that. With a bucket of tomatoes I made spaghetti sauce. I felt very radical homemaker. And I vow to have my own garden next year. I want canned tomatoes all year around.
Here is the account of my spaghetti sauce. It was yummy to say the least.
First things first. I peeled my tomatoes and cut out the stems and bad spots. (There were a lot of bad spots)
Then I put them in the food processor and let it do its magic.
Doing its magic!
In the meantime I sauteed onions and green peppers in olive oil...
...and minced up some garlic. Note: to easily get the skin off garlic, place fat knife on top of garlic and smack it with your free hand. Should look like picture below when done smacking. The skin just peels right off.
Once everything was done, I combined everything in a large pot and brought to a boil. My mom gave me a recipe, but I didn't have tomato paste and I forgot to measure how much tomato I put in, so I just winged it. And low and behold, it was really good. More soupy than saucy, but it had great flavor. I had a lot of tomatoes, 1 large onion, 2 green peppers, 6 garlic cloves, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, black pepper, cream, and parmesan cheese.
Once I brought it to a boil, I turned the heat down and let simmer for 30 minutes.
This was the finished product :)
Voila! Radical Homemaker moment numero uno. I made sauce from tomatoes and peppers out of my Uncle's garden. Not too shabby.