The girls and I are spending a few weeks at the cabin. They have been taking some wonderful swim lessons in Portola and we have been generally just enjoying being on summer vacation! Cold nights, hot days, Sierra skies. We have also squeezed in some cabin renovations. Gregg, Mr. Bubble, has been back and forth -- visiting us and mountain biking and then returning to Topanga for a few days. The call to south has been two-fold: a cool August has made it possible for him to brew many new batches of beer; AND it is harvest time! The girls and I are hold up here, waiting for Daddy to bring us the ripe round orbs to enjoy for dinner and to can and concoct into all our tomato-ist glories!
In the Spring of the Summer two years ago we planted lots of cherry and grape tomatoes. At the time, our almost 2-year old loved the little gems. By the end of that summer, she was gemmed out -- and so were we. I could not believe how many fruits those plants produced. We never planted a cherry or grape or tear drop again. Well, we don't have to. For the last two summers we have had more than enough volunteers. It works out fine -- Gregorie gets her fill of gems and we don't sweat not picking every.single.one since we didn't plant them! But Mr. Bubble did bring us a big batch on his last trip up. I know these work particularly well for tomato jam/preserves/chutney so I planned to make some. I had read a recipe for a lacto fermented peach chutney in Jessica Prentice's Full Moon Feast that could be substituted with tomatoes. I used that as inspiration.
I halved the little tomatoes and also cored and chopped a few romas and added a couple super ripe pluots, well, because they were there.
Then I chopped half of a sweet onion and an annaheim pepper, grated some ginger, and squeezed a lemon on top.
Next I added some salt and spices --just what I had on hand up here -- this panty is NOT the Topanga pantry! (turmeric and cardamon would have gone in if I had them)
I poured in a 1/2 cup of whey and decided that it needed some raisins too.
After everything was well stirred I put the mixture into quart jars and put a 1/2 pint jar full of water in each to press the fruits down under the liquids. Now we just wait 48 hours to taste (oh, I already tasted the mix and it was super yum! It's going to be a great accompaniment to some Indian style lamb or chicken!).