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Meanwhile Back at the Farm

The temperatures have moderated, but still no rain of consequence. Our part of Missouri is having an "extreme drought" this year. This will be hard on the small farm people, no hay makes for an impossible winter when you have livestock. Folks are selling off their cattle herds. You can buy a bred cow for $300 at the sale barn. Last year they were bringing $2000. We have managed to keep the raised beds going and the tomatoes seem to like this weather. No rain, no weeds so I've had time to play with word prompts.

I've made a tomato pie and eaten most of it. I discovered tomato pie not so long ago and now it is the dish I can't wait to make when it's tomato time. The squash bugs killed the zucchini so that's over for this year. The husband planted more green beans since we had almost no harvest from the first ones. The French filet beans were a total bust. Weird year.

Anah weeded the brick patios for me and did a great job. I sat outside and we talked while she worked. Our times of it being "just us" are less now and it is precious to me that we had a couple of hours together.

I've turned the heel on the "ugly" socks so it won't be long now till they are finished.

Oh, and this morning I peeled and sliced half a bushel of peaches and they are resting in the freezer. Future pies.

Today, I called Ingrid and she is doing well. The extreme symptoms she was experiencing have not returned and her memory is back. Very happy that she is ok. The doctor suggested that she begin taking Aricept. I cautioned her to research it in depth for taking any. After doing said research myself I am thinking if you aren't crazy before you take it, you will be afterwards.

Finished "Based on a True Story" by Delphine de Vigan. The first hard-to-put-down book I have read in ages. Skillfully translated from French by George Miller the prose is terse and the plot tightly strung. I enjoyed the book immensely, and have ordered another by her.

Having read 3 very good novels it was difficult for me to pick up a mystery again. I tried several before settling on "Death of an Englishman" by Magdalen Nabb. This is the first in the Inspector Guarnaccia series which is set in Florence. Nabb was English by birth but fell in love with Florence and moved there with her son and used it as the setting for this popular series. I don't think it is going to be popular enough with me to order the next in the series.

I have been working on short reviews of those 3 good novels, but progress is slow.


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Jul. 29th, 2018 02:29 am (UTC)
Tomato pie sounds interesting. Is it sweet or savory? Do you have a favourite recipe?
Jul. 29th, 2018 02:00 pm (UTC)
It's a savory pie. There are a lot of recipes out there. I've been using this one for a long time https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/tomato_pie/ and though I've pinned some different ones on Pinterest haven't tried anything different though I've changed up the original a bit from time to time.
Jul. 29th, 2018 02:13 pm (UTC)
That looks delicious! Thank you.
Aug. 2nd, 2018 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds divine. My friend just gave me a bunch of basil from her garden and tomatoes are coming in nicely. I may have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Jul. 29th, 2018 08:52 am (UTC)
Hmm...tomato pie sounds interesting. I, too, wonder, sweet or savoury? Looks delish! I think the hot weather makes tomatoes go ripe. I'm glad one crop was successful at least. Yes, I have had a dud crop of beans in the last few years. First time ever!

Your country is now dealing with fires, I have heard on my radio. Fires which create their own storm, just like ones here. Very dangerous. It is dry here. I think we are in for some hellish weather over the next few seasons. The fires in Greece...I've never heard of anything like that happening there before. We've had them regularly in our country.

I might try to find "Based on a True Story". I need some reading material.
Jul. 29th, 2018 02:03 pm (UTC)
It is savory uses fresh basil and some hot sauce in the topping. Now that I've written all these replies I think I'll go warm up the last piece and have it for breakfast.

I didn't know there were fires in Greece, that does seem odd. Out West there are often fires. We don't have that where I live except for the odd brush fire and I am glad.

Hope you like the book if you find it. I always hate to recommend books as everyone's taste is different, but it was a good one for me.
Jul. 30th, 2018 10:49 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks for letting me know. Mum used to make tomato jam, so I thought it might be sweet. Enjoy your last piece!

I think we are like you. The odd brush fire. I'm pretty scared of fire.

I couldn't find it in the library and usually don't like mysteries, so it doesn't matter that I couldn't find it.
Jul. 30th, 2018 12:34 pm (UTC)
I've never had tomato jam, green or red tomatoes?
Jul. 31st, 2018 11:07 am (UTC)
Mum used red tomatoes. It tasted pretty good :)

She also made tomato relish. Also from red tomatoes. It tasted very good as well!

I guess you could use green tomatoes.
Jul. 29th, 2018 10:40 am (UTC)
I need your tomato pie recipe.
Jul. 29th, 2018 01:57 pm (UTC)
This is the one I use: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/tomato_pie/

The most challenging thing for me is managing to get enough juice out of the tomatoes, because if you don't the bottom crust is soggy. Thus I squeeze and squeeze and soak it up with paper towels etc. I also caramelize the onions that go in the bottom and have used a variety of cheeses on top according to what's in the fridge.
Jul. 29th, 2018 01:12 pm (UTC)
I have never heard of tomato pie before.

I just found a Paula Dean recipe - sounds good!
Jul. 29th, 2018 01:58 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of recipes out there, I've pinned a few on Pinterest but haven't tried them because I like the one I use so much.
Jul. 29th, 2018 02:20 pm (UTC)
Anah is such a good kid (young woman). I've been praying that her injuries heal all up <3

The pie looks great! For some reason I think I would want some sharp, aged cheddar on the side with that.
Jul. 30th, 2018 12:41 pm (UTC)
Anah is doing well at the moment, started repainting her room last night, thanks for your prayers.

Imho you can never have too much cheese.
Aug. 2nd, 2018 02:06 pm (UTC)
So happy to hear it :) And you know I'm curious what colour you're painting it?? :D

I'm with you!! Cheese is non-negotiable. I need it to live.
Aug. 2nd, 2018 02:06 pm (UTC)
My random guess is green!! :D
Aug. 4th, 2018 12:56 am (UTC)
Wow, green it is, a grayish green.
Aug. 4th, 2018 02:53 am (UTC)

Sounds lovely.
Jul. 29th, 2018 11:18 pm (UTC)
I never had tomato pie.
Jul. 30th, 2018 12:39 pm (UTC)
As food goes, it is relatively new to me, but I love it!
Aug. 2nd, 2018 08:09 pm (UTC)
So we must be getting all the rain that you aren’t getting. Record rain July. We got about 7 inches over 4 days about a week ago. My backyard gained a river for awhile. Luckily our drainage is good. Some nearby areas weren’t so lucky. Lots of flooding. Hersheypark closed for 4 days because of flooding. I just saw that we are in for about 4 more inches by the end of the weekend. Ugh!
Aug. 4th, 2018 02:44 pm (UTC)
You must be. Seems it is either too much or not enough.
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