Wow, having your own garden is seriously so cool! I wrote here a little bit about how our garden was doing, but especially our squash plants. So I mentioned that we have 2 boxes of tomatoes, we have 8 tomato plants in each box and they are insane. They have grown so tall. Some of them are as high as 4 feet tall, and because they have grown so far past the support of the tomato cages we bought I’ve had to tie string around them and tie them to the fence. We’ve only gotten about 5 tomatoes so far, but by the time the small ones all ripen I really think we’ll have like a thousand. There are so many little tomatoes all over the plants, and most of them have more flowers on them as well.
Its funny that we have so many tomatoes because neither Nate or I really like tomatoes that much. In fact, my love for tomatoes has blossomed a LOT over the last couple of years, but it still doesn’t include eating tomatoes plain, in a salad, or on burgers or a sandwich. But I do love them cooked in sauces, and I also love them in salsa.
Our plans for our future tomatoes also include canning lots of marinara sauce and some stewed tomatoes as well, and by the looks of it I think we will have plenty to can. (And another cool part of this is since we are growing some spices we should be able to use our own fresh spices for the tomato sauce that we make. We have basil, oregano, and thyme which are the best spices for that). I am going to try looking for a canning safe salsa recipe as well.
Anyway, like I said, we’ve gotten 4 or 5 tomatoes from our plants so far, one roma tomato and (I think) three celebrity tomatoes. We’ve also had 1 full sized jalapeno pepper (another 1 will be ripe soon) and our cilantro is growing wild. So basically all I needed to buy from the store was an onion. And of course the additional spices used to flavor the recipe as well. But they are all common ingredients so we had everything we needed at home.
So last night after work I went to the store to buy tortilla chips (we didn’t have those) and came home and made salsa. Unfortunately our food processor seems to be dying and wouldn’t chop anything last night, so I had to do this buy hand, but it was fairly easy nonetheless and the salsa turned out so delicious. (This recipe is almost the same as this recipe I posted before, just barely different, plus with my new and improved photography I figured I should post it again).
- 4 small tomatoes
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 small jalapeno
- 1/2 TBS minced garlic
- 3/4 tsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/3-1/2 cup cilantro
- 2 TBS lime juice
- Slice tomatoes and onions, about 1 centimeter thick.
- Chop the tomatoes and onions the other 2 directions to make small square pieces.
- Cut jalapeno in half and remove seeds. Dice jalapeno.
- Chop cilantro.
- Make a pile on your cutting board of tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and minced garlic.
- Using a large knife chop the mixture up. Any time the mixture spreads out, push them back into a pile. Do this for about 2-3 minutes, until you get the pieces as small as you can (whatever your desired consistency is)
- In a medium sized bowl, put sugar, salt, cumin, chili powder, tomato mixture and lime juice. Stir well. Smash a couple times with a spoon.
Enjoy with chips.