Tomato Plant Update #2

Tomato and Basil PlantsTomato and Basil Plants

My tomato plant is still doing well, a week later. I noticed a lot more flower buds than last week and two have already dropped off and turned into teeny tiny tomatoes. The picture on the right is a close up of one of them. I hope the birds don’t get to it before I do!

The basil plants look a lot more healthy too, now that I’ve moved them outside into the tomato container. They’re getting pretty bushy, but the leaves are still pretty small. I hope the basil and tomatoes continue to play nicely together.

Tomato Plant Update

Tomato and basil in a containerMy Tomato & Basil Plant

(before & after)

It’s only been 10 days but my little tomato plant is really taking off! Not to mention the two basil plants cohabiting the container. Looks like I’m going to need to stake the plant soon though. There are already a handful of blossoms on the plant and you know what the blossoms lead to: tomatoes!  I guess fertilizing plants really does do good things to it. Who would’ve guessed?

Dinner: Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, and porcini

We went to the Farmer’s Market Saturday morning to pick up some tomatoes to bring to my parents’ house for dinner — I had told them that I would cook dinner for them that day. The BF noticed that the mushroom man at the market had fresh porcinis, which we couldn’t pass up, so we incorporated that into our pasta sauce.

Dinner: tomato salad

To take advantage of tomato season, we bought lots of extra tomatoes, which we tossed with some basil, olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt. Served this simply, they were delicious.
Dinner: Lenguine with porcini mushrooms

The mushrooms were seared and incorporated into a tomato and red wine sauce which was served over linguine. The sauce was flavorful and not too salty. No one at the dinner table had any complaints, which was amazing. The BF did most of the work with the sauce, so he gets most of the credit.

I also baked some white fish for the family, but I didn’t really plate it for presentation, so no pictures there.