Sunday, a day of rest?

A plethora of tomatoes, mostly green, took over our Sunday.
A plethora of tomatoes, mostly green, took over our Sunday.
Daylight savings time - did you set your clocks back?
Daylight savings time – did you set your clocks back?

We spent about a half-hour adjusting the clocks in our house Sunday (we seem to be fixated on time and temperature here).  Instead of waking up in the dark we will come home in the dark for a short duration before both are dark, not sure if we save any daylight with this exercise.  My partner in wine went outside to reset the clock on the patio and wandered over to his tomato plants.  When he came inside with both hands full of green tomatoes I handed him a large bowl.  That bowl came in full and he mentioned that there were lots more bowls of tomatoes out there.  While shifting the plant around he found several red tomatoes he didn’t know were there.  These fruits are not something I have any opinion on since I don’t eat night shade fruits, potatoes are fine, but the fruits not so much.  So, what to do with them fell to my hubby.

Add onions, red and green peppers with some vinegar, sugar and spices and we were on our way.
Add onions, red and green peppers with some vinegar, sugar and spices and we were on our way.
Chopped by hand, pulverized by machine - so glad for the mechanization!
Chopped by hand, pulverized by machine – so glad for the mechanization!

He mentioned relish and a quick internet search brought up several recipes.  We picked one,  decided how many batches to make and made a grocery list accordingly.  It took two stops since, to my horror, celery seed was not available in the first store – celery salt was, but not the healthier and needed ‘seed’; but I had faith in the second store, which came through as anticipated.  After that short delay, we divided labors and set about cleaning jars, chopping fruit and mowing the lawn.  For us, that is the norm, no linear progress, we have to be flexible.  Today was the first sunny day in a few, it was also the first sunny day Hubby was home to mow (apparently his job) and I encouraged him since it doesn’t really take that long to mow.  Thankfully, we have a well equipped kitchen and projects like this can be done.

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The result: Green Tomato Relish!
The result: Green Tomato Relish!

We are crazy and get carried away sometimes, three batches of relish was a rather large quantity to make.  Hubby will be eating relish for a long time to come!  But together we laughed and joked, drank a bottle of wine and worked through cleaning up the kitchen.  The evidence of our labors evident only in the jars cooling on the counter now.  There are still many more green tomatoes in bowls on the counter and still hanging on the plant; I may consider making him green tomato ketchup later in the week.

Teamwork and a bottle of white wine for a successful canning day. Cheers!
Teamwork and a bottle of white wine for a successful canning day. Cheers!

Cheers!

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