Friday, September 16, 2011


It's sauce making season here in King Township, and the tomato harvest was amazing this year!
The San Manzano tomato's I buy from one of the local Italian farmers were the sweetest I have ever tasted.
This weekend I will join my neighbours, and pitch in with the sauce making party they have every year; but I couldn't resist making a little advance sauce for myself.

I don't have all the bells, and whistles, of my Italian neighbours well oiled production; but I have picked up a tip or two, over the years.

It's all about love.   Love of the tomato.

My sources' tomato crop this year is so divine;  I've been eating them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and snacking on them in between.

I had eaten so many from the first bushel, I just had to finish it off, and put up the rest.

I made some into sauce, and put the remainder, whole in freezer bags.

My Sauce Master, makes short work of sauce; but I prefer whole or diced tomato's.

This is how I do mine.

After washing the tomato's, I blanche them in small batches, by boiling them for a minute, before plunging them into ice water.

After cutting off the stem end, I squeeze them out of their skins; reserving the cut ends and skins, in a separate bowl, to process through my Sauce Master.

I put the tomato's into two sizes of freezer bags, label them, and I'm done.   Well done for today, anyway.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Our First Dinner Party

If I waited until this house was finished, before entertaining the idea to entertain; I fear I would never have a party.

Dalton had gifted us with a personal chef catered dinner party for ourselves, and eight friends.

It was a great evening, and it was so wonderful to welcome friends to our home.

I didn't even think to take photos, so I was happy to receive a few, from a friend who is never without a camera.

Now that summer's over, I really need to get a move on decorating, and furnishing this house.

removed identifying pics, as requested.   FYI  I'm  the one in the multi colour dress.