Of course, I don't want to waste these beauties that I've tended carefully all summer (I did have to water them once or twice). Here's what else I've been doing with them, instead of writing:
- making pseudo sun-dried tomatoes (in the oven)
- making tomato soup
- making tomato bread (in the breadmaker)
- taking the skins off, chopping them up and freezing them for future use
My kids were excited by the process of removing the skins, which involves boiling them for a couple of minutes
and then plunging them into ice water.
But what the kids really like to do is to pick the green tomatoes or collect rotten ones and squish them up for "potions class".
Interesting how adults and kids can have different perspectives on the same thing! Other things kids might do with a lot of tomatoes:
- make tomato mud pies
- feed pet crickets or ants
- make a target and let them rip
- have a tomato throwing contest
- cut them open to see what's inside
It's cool to take an ordinary object and think about the different perspectives people of different ages might have about it.
After all this thinking, I considered writing a quick story about a girl who has a big tomato problem. But first I have to go make some salsa.