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Mono No Aware: Tomato Jungle


Just a few short weeks ago, the garden was tripping over itself. I used to pluck and trim my tomato plants like Bonsai, but after a few years of awesome tomatoes, I had a run of bad luck: hard tomatoes, yellow leaf disease, spoiled blackbirds who ate but one bite of each. After giving up for a season, I decided to let the plants grow as they pleased and they made themselves a jungle. Now, after the most enormous haul of tomatoes ever, they have given in to exhaustion.

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CucumbersWhen a small packet of heirloom cucumber seeds turns into this, you need more cucumber ideas. I have quite a few Asian and Greek inspired recipes so I needed something to go with other foods. This paired well with pasta.Cucumber

This is best made a few hours before serving. Start with this basic recipe and then see how it tastes. I usually end up adding a little more vinegar or sugar. You can also add chopped fresh dill or red pepper flakes for a different take. Or more garlic.

  • 4 cucumbers, skins removed and seeds scooped out, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons good tasting olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or put through a garlic press
  • salt to taste

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