Jumping out of their Skins

While things have not been going that brilliantly in the veg plot this year, what with the onslaught of the Scottish summer, neglect, and the rabbit menace, the greenhouse has been going great guns and we’ve started harvesting the first of the tomatillos (I say ‘we’; the other half has been doing all the actual work, I just swan in and give him bad advice from time to time and try not to tread on the tomatillo plants which sprawl worse than the outskirts of Los Angeles)

tomatillos

We grew tomatillos because the other half has a Mexican cookbook, and they’re a pretty key ingredient in Mexican cooking. We had chicken enchiladas with a tomatillo salsa last night and we learned that tomatillos make a very tasty tangy sauce, and that Mexican cooking is insanely time consuming and generates more washing up than Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his pomp. Clearly a cuisine that assumes not just Mama but Granmama will be slaving away over the stove all day.

Tonight, in time honoured fashion, they were added to the veg gardener’s kitchen standby, random veg frittata (to bulk out the two pathetic tiny beetroot I’ve managed to produce and some equally pathetic red onions, which made for a slightly interesting combination of flavours – it was tasty, but I’m not expecting a call from Heston Blumenthal any time soon, let’s put it that way) but this has not made the slightest dent in the enormous number of tomatillos that are coming through. I would say ‘help, send Mexicans‘ but I’d just get in trouble again, so I’ll just have to appeal for recipes instead…

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5 Responses to Jumping out of their Skins

  1. What is the texture like, is it like a tomato? Could you use it italian dishes, substituted for tomatoes?

  2. disgruntled says:

    It’s a bit firmer than a tomato in its raw state, but cooks down much softer. It’s also quite a different flavour to a really ripe tomato – much ‘greener’. We shall have to experiment

  3. Charles says:

    Apparently very good in chutney. Our buyer is kicking off over the survey but hopefully wads of cash discount will shut him up. Honestly a bit of subsidence and a few leaks! We are taking on death watch beetle in our barn and we don’t care…buy shares in any big chemical firm now!

  4. Combine it with all the other things that your garden provides, and you’ll get a nice rabbit stew.

  5. disgruntled says:

    first catch your rabbits…

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