Here they are in order of size, the very last homegrown tomatoes of Summer. I've had a poor tomato year this year, as have many folk. The weather, combined with me trying to get used to a draughty greenhouse has scuppered my plans on filling the cupboards with jars and jars of tomatoey goodness. The few we have managed to get have been added to various dishes as and when we've cooked them to enjoy them at their best.
I had a bit of a batch cooking session on Sunday while Lovely Hubby was 'playing' with the computer. I had some packs of mince in the freezer that had been there for well over a year so I decided to turn them into something for tea and a few future meals.
I always think it's as easy to cook in bulk as it is to make each and every meal when you need it. The Mince and veggie Quorn Mince was cooked with onions, tomatoes and all the odds and end of veggies that were lurking in the fridge and freezer, with lots of tomato puree and some garlic puree for good measure, Worcestershire sauce and sprinkles of this and that the kitchen was soon smelling very good.
Needless to say the portions destined for tea were eaten at lunchtime instead, just popped into the oven for the tops to brown before we tucked in.
The rest were left to go cold, one portion with a potato topping and a sprinkle of cheese for LH to tuck into while I am on holiday with my Mum in a couple of weeks and the others left with just mince, so we can decide on a topping when we thaw them out.
It's always satisfying to get a few homemade 'ready meals' tucked into the freezer ready for those nights when inspiration is thin on the ground or there simply is no time to cook from scratch.