About three years ago I started a blog. A food blog.
I had the typical nuclear family. A small home with a tiny kitchen in New Jersey. A backyard garden and a funny flock of chickens. A passion for fresh homemade food from scratch filled my home and life with warmth and love.
Today things are a little different --
Our home has been sold. My garden is gone. I'm divorced. Borrowing a kitchen that belongs to another woman, with the contents of my own scattered into boxes shoved in corners of attics and basements. Chickens are minus 1 - but still laying eggs, for now.
Despite all -- remaining still, is my passion for food. My eagerness to learn. My desire to build a home full of warmth and love for my sons.
Goals that were once within reach, might now be years away. But I'll get there. Breath by breath.
I couldn't think of any better way to start down my new path, then with the same heart and spirit as I've done once before. My goals this time are a little less lofty, but much like my life now, I'm taking it one day at a time.
Green Tomato Relish
makes about 7 cups
6 cups of ground green tomatoes (about 12 large ones)
2 cups of ground onion (1-2 large ones)
1 cup of ground green peppers (1 large one)
2 cups of white vinegar
3 cups of sugar
1/8 cup of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
1 tablespoon tumeric (optional)
Cut, seed, and coarsely chop the green tomatoes and place in a food processor or blender. Gently pulse tomatoes until they are finely minced (but not to the point of a puree) and place in a large bowl. Do the same for the onion and pepper and add them to the tomato. Bring water to a boil in either a tea kettle or saucepan and pour boiling water over the tomato, peppers, and onions completely covering them. Let the whole thing stand for about 5 minutes and then strain out the water. Place the mixture into a large saucepan or pot and add the remaining ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium to high heat and continue to boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon hot mixture into hot sterilized jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head space and place caps on. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.