This weekend's tomatoes;
All the San Marzano's were cooked, moulied and poured into Fowlers jars (132 for the year so far).
All the cherries were eaten in salads and sandwiches.
And all the baby pears were laid out on baking trays with big glugs of olive oil, plenty of fresh basil and oregano, wedges of onion and garlic, and salt and pepper.
Tray after tray sat for hours and hours in the wood cooker over the weekend. Our house smelled delicious.
A few trays of the tomatoes were put in jars and filled with olive oil (recipe here), some were eaten straight off the tray and the rest were moulied, poured into a big, heavy saucepan and cooked down for sauce and paste.
Me and my farmer boy are talking a lot about passion at the moment.
Red, fiery, excited, energising, smiley, happy, butterflies in your tummy passion.
Where does it come from and what is it exactly?
It's been a few years since we came to the realisation that it's a bit silly to grow gorgeous organic fruit and veg only to sell it all off at market and not have any left over for ourselves. It's been a few years since we used that realisation to set up a big kitchen garden right outside our house. And it's been a few years of feeding ourselves before the business.
But now that I have three at school, my book has gone to print and we are back from overseas, I feel like there's room in my life to go further. To do more.
There's not a lot of time. The slow life is a pretty busy life. But while I'm gathering tomatoes, or kindling, or eggs, I'm also gathering ideas. Maybe a couple of milking goats and some cheese making, maybe some sheep for shearing and wool spinning, maybe a bit of work on a way to grow citrus, maybe a paddock of wheat for bread and chook food? So many maybes.
It's a work in progress and a constant reassessment.
I feel like this is an important time for us and I'm excited. (Although I do sometimes wish that cleaning my house gave me more of a buzz.)
So tell me peeps, what is your passion?
What keeps you up at night and gets you out of bed in the morning?
What makes you happy and feeds your soul?
I hope you have such a happy week my friends.