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Enjoying the Vitality of Homegrown Tomatoes

tomatoes and basilSometimes, when I am in need of an energy boost, and I don’t want to overdo it on the caffeine, I turn to red foods.  According the “The Complete Book of Color” by Suzy Chiazzari, red foods give us energy and strength.  Lucky for me, there are lots of ripe, juicy, red tomatoes around my house right now.  My husband’s parents are growing some delicious tomatoes this year, and they are generously letting us share in their bounty. three tomatoes When a tomato is really fresh and tasty, it does not need a lot of preparation.  Tomatoes and basil are a traditionally great combination, and we happen to have a lot of basil growing in our garden.  So to prepare an energizing snack, I went out in the warm, soft rain and picked a bunch of basil.  Then I chopped two medium-sized ripe tomatoes and a handful of the basil, and put them in a bowl.  I added two teaspoons of olive oil and one teaspoon of balsamic vinegar to the bowl.  (I am a huge fan of balsamic vinegar, and look for any chance I can get to use it.)  I put in a tiny pinch of sugar and a generous pinch of salt to the bowl, stirred it all together, and had a delicious, revitalizing tomato salad.  To make it more filling, I put the tomato-basil mixture on crackers.  If you are looking for a way to use your tomatoes and need an energy boost, this is a great way to do it!

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  1. Michelle

    Great post and I am so going to have to postpone my go at this…..I am seed sowing at the moment – but it is still too cold here – to have them from my veggie patch. I am attempting to get a head start by really utilising my hot house, which I have been so slack with up until now! I’m interested to know are the local guides as to when to plant and how to plant? I have been living in my area for 24 years and the ‘local guide is “DON’T plant out your tomatoes until after Melbourne Cup Day!!!” which is the first Tuesday in November’ because all frosts would have finished by then.

    • dragonflyhome

      Thanks, Michelle. It is amazing to me think that as we are ending summer here, winter is just ending where you are! We typically wait to plant things in the ground here until sometime in May, though we can start seeds earlier indoors. I guess you will have to wait a few months to get homegrown tomatoes!

      • Michelle

        Yeah its funny, I love comparing our different seasons & the similar way people do things no matter where they are in the world (:

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