In my last post, I mentioned being stuck in all day. This meant I spent most of the day singing, online, playing games on my new Smartphone. (Angry Birds and Bouncy Mouse, with a little Words With Friends for good measure and to make sure the brain cells don’t die altogether… Although I might argue that both the Birds and the Mouse use a lot of math in calculating how you catapult the little guys). It was a fairly uneventful, and unproductive day. I was ok with this.
But sometimes, I get crazy ideas. Like this past Valentine’s Day, when I decided– the night before Valentine’s Day– that I should make heart-shaped sugar cookies for my office, and parents, and grandparents, and my favorite boy. It might not have been as bad if I’d decided this earlier. But it was kind of a spur of the moment idea, which had me picking up ingredients, and cookie cutters, that same day. The baking started after dark and I decorated until it was time to sleep. (The plastic wrap smeared the writing a bit, unfortunately).
This, in fact, happens to me quite a bit. I get an idea, some peak of inspiration, find the will to start the project, then half-way through the execution, decide I am crazy and why-am-I-doing-this-anyway and nothing-is-coming-out-right and I’m-not-good-at-this. But yet, I do it again, and again.
So when Mom got home yesterday, she said, “your corn is ready and you have another ripe tomato– why don’t we pick them?” And knowing they really needed it, pick them we did.
We didn’t have that big a harvest, as I only had 4 plants… but we did get about 6 ears so far, with two more on the stalk. We lost a half of one to what looked like rot, and another 1 1/2 was not very well filled out, but the other halves looked very pretty.
We washed them.
And cooked them.
And there they are!
But that’s not really so crazy, after all. The craziness occurred when I started getting hungry, and decided maybe I would return my sights to those tomatoes I told you about…
They were still sitting on my counter as I’d read that they maybe should get a little riper. I’d read that putting them near a banana would help them ripen faster. But then one started to really get ripe. Knowing that not all of my tomatoes may ripen (at all), I decided to let that one continue to ripen and use any unripe ones for my green tomato curiosities.
I also must make a confession… I’ve never fried anything before. My use of a pan consists solely of browning ground meat and recently, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (see here and here!). So for my first foray into the world of green tomatoes, I decided to make Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes! Of course, by the time I got around to this it was after 9pm. And I was already tired. I also decided to use only the one green tomato I had. I just wanted to try it– I didn’t know if I’d like it!
I used the recipe (link above) as a loose guide. Truth be told, I didn’t measure anything. I just eye-balled the measurements and used cornmeal, garlic powder, wheat germ, grated Parmesan/Romano cheese, and a pinch of salt as the breading. I used milk instead of the water-flaxseed mixture (usually egg in most other recipes). I did add a pinch of sugar on the tomato slices to “chase away any lingering bitterness.” Also- make sure you peel the tomatoes! It was a pain in the neck, I’ll admit, but I tried starting to bread them without peeling since it seemed like only a suggestion and I didn’t believe them– really, the breading won’t stick to the skin at all, so just go ahead and do it!
Here’s my results:
Mom and I only had a bite each– which was delicious, honestly. I’m saving the rest for a special dinner tomorrow as I’m having my last wisdom tooth out on Tuesday and won’t be able to chew very well for a few days. Fresh corn is also on the menu :)
I’m definitely making these again, and will try them really fried as well. I’m also definitely using this breading combination again!
And I’m going to try to start embracing my spontaneous side… insanity and all.