Tomatoes

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I originally planted a couple of heirloom tomatoes because I wanted a photo of one for the cover of Echoes of Narcissus. I ordered seeds for three varieties online, as well as seeds for tomatillos because I’ve never tasted one. It’s covered in flowers now, so – exciting times.

Tomatillo

I also bought a couple of varieties of chillies – including one that’s guaranteed to blow steam out of your ears. I like it hot. They took a long time to grow, although I did use a photo of one of the heirloom seedlings on my cover, so mission accomplished. Now that the bushes are finally starting to bear, I’m even more chuffed because I can get some fabulous photos of the fruit themselves, and also use them in recipes for Princess Sithole’s Africolonial recipe book that I’ll publish later this year after my Shadow People books for 2015. When I have enough chillies, I’ll share my secret chilli sauce recipe here too. It’ll knock your socks off – probably more than your socks.

Chilli Plant - Giant Jalapeno

I really miss having all my veggies home grown. The stuff you buy from supermarkets doesn’t taste right to me, so I’m planning on planting quite a few more things this autumn too, and hoping to make purple tomato sauce and dayglo tomato soup for the recipe book. This writing lark really rocks my boat in all sorts of cool ways. Amazing how wanting a little element for a cover can make life so much more interesting.

Heirloom Tomato Plant
Heirloom Tomato Plant - Cherokee Chocolate
Heirloom Tomato Plant - Giant Rainbow

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58 thoughts on “Tomatoes

    Glaiza Binayas said:
    March 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    We used to have those, too! πŸ˜€ I wonder if you eat chili leaves?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I haven’t tried the leaves yet – what a brilliant idea! πŸ˜€ Have you eaten them?

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        Glaiza Binayas said:
        March 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

        Yes! We cook them! πŸ˜€ you can check the recipe for CHICKEN TINOLA, it’s a filipino food where we would use the chilli leaves. πŸ˜€

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

          I love it! I’ll google the recipe, and definitely will be cooking with chilli leaves tonight. It’s amazing to find something so totally new in the food world for me, and yet something so simple. Funny you should mention this now too, because I did taste one of the tomatillo leaves, and I think it would be lovely in salad too. Thank you! A fabulous one for the recipe book, and definitely with a thank you to you in it for this awesome tip. πŸ˜€

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    March 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I remember when my mom tried to have a vegetable garden. Think we went with tomatoes, beans, and corn. All were devoured by squirrels and rabbits right down to the soil. Oh well. Now, what’s purple sauce and dayglo soup?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      That would call for rabbit stew in my world – little buggers. The worst we’ve got here are the monkeys, and I get a kick out of chasing them away anyway. One of my heirlooms is a deep purple colour so I’m hoping to use it for my homemade ketchup recipe, and one of the others is a pinky orange colour. Hopefully they’ll keep their colours after cooking.

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        March 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        Rabbits are rare here these days because of the cats. Those can be an issue with marking territory. Sounds like an interesting color combo.

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    Nicholas C. Rossis said:
    March 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I live in Greece, so planting tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes seems absolutely normal and expected!

    My wife is crazy about her vegetable garden and she has started preparing for her spring planting. I have to confess, it’s lovely when, in summer, we end up with fresh and tasty produce and we just improvise recipes according to what we have at hand. Last summer was the summer of omelettes with all kinds of vegetables. Awesome!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Visiting Greece is definitely something I want to do before I get too decrepit – I LOVE all Greek food. Your summer of the omelettes sound wonderful, and healthy too, so it will be interesting to hear what you two get up to in the food department next summer. We’re also used to growing our own veggies, so I’m going to plant as much as I can now too, even though there isn’t much space here. I’m sure all the chemicals and the age of the supermarket vegetables cancels out most of the goodness they had. πŸ™‚

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    sknicholls said:
    March 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Nothing tastes quite like a vine ripened tomato. Nothing.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      True! Especially when they’re just picked and still warm from the sun. Hugs!

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    Jennifer T Webb said:
    March 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Home grown veggies are incredible, especially cucumbers because they don’t have to be peeled like store bought. I been manifesting a garden, plus the house to go with it… Great inspiration!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you – I love growing cucumbers! It’s great too when they’re plentiful and you can pickle the small ones. Now you’ve inspired me to grow them again and never mind those petunias. πŸ˜€ Here’s wishes for your wonderful garden to manifest all the way.

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    philipparees said:
    March 5, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Oh! Envious! How do you do it all? Bit like Roz Morris’s daily ride, makes me realise I have abandoned almost everything except chasing my tail. Perhaps I’ll just cut it off. I vowed last year to recover my rambling of gem squash to camouflage the ever growing compost heap. I have got as far as acquiring seeds from SA, and I’m sure the packet is still around!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      πŸ˜€ I’m excellent at chasing my tail too Philippa – it’s always amazing when I actually ever get to finish anything. It will be wonderful for you to plant seeds from home – a bit of sunny South Africa to remind you every day with their greenery. I bought mine online from a place in Cape Town – it’s called Living Seeds. They send the seeds through the post, so maybe you can order from them too. They have every little thing you can imagine – all organic too. They also have unusual and rare things. When I order for next summer I’m going to go nuts on the peppadews and neon glow carrots. Hugs!

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    March 5, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    The lovely Jo Robinson has been tantalising us with snippets about heirloom tomatoes and other garden treats and today unveils them including the promise of chillies to knock your socks off… buckle up it good get bumpy…

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks for sharing my love Sal. ❀ I'm cheering these little chilli guys on every day to grow faster. Next season I'm thinking of planting some ghost chillies – although I think they can take you right out. πŸ˜€ Hugs!

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    merrildsmith said:
    March 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    It’s snowing here, so this post is really a tease. πŸ™‚ Fresh off the vine tomatoes and peppers–yum!
    We are terrible gardeners, but there are lots of farm stands around here in the summer.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      I don’t envy you the cold, although your snow is so gorgeous to look at in photos. We’re going into autumn here so I’ll be planting for winter now. I’ve generally been kind of only good at killing off cacti, so I’m pretty amazed at growing these guys from seed with my own not so green thumbs. Now that you mention farm stands, I should definitely be looking for them – we’re smack dab in the middle of farming land. πŸ™‚

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    sondasmcschatter said:
    March 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    YOU ARE A LADY OF MANY TALENTS— πŸ™‚ AS YOU KNOW I HAVE MCS/ MULTI-CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES– & I LIVE IN AN MCS SAFE HOME AS TOXIC CHEMICAL FREE AS POSSIBLE– SO WE ALSO TRY TO RAISE AS MUCH OF OUR OWN FOOD AS POSSIBLE TOTALLY CHEMICAL FREE— WE GROW HEIRLOOM SEEDS– AS NO GMO’S & WE CAN ALSO SEED SAVE!!!! THANKS FOR SHARING—– NOW I KNOW WE HAVE EVEN MORE IN COMMON!!!! πŸ™‚ I’M THINKING GARDEN & PLANTS– BUT WE STILL HAVE SNOW ON THE GROUND HERE—

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      THANK YOU LOVELY SONDA! THE STORIES I’VE READ ABOUT ALL THE CHEMICALS THEY PUT INTO GROWING VEGGIES, AND ALSO PRESERVING THEM AFTERWARDS ARE SHOCKERS. I DON’T WANT TO PUT THAT STUFF IN MY BODY EITHER. THE PLACE I GOT MY SEEDS FROM SENDS OUT A GREAT MAGAZINE FOR FREE – ALL HEIRLOOMS TOO, AND ORGANIC NON GMO. HERE’S TO YOUR SPRING COMING SOON! I’M GETTING READY FOR THE COLD THIS SIDE, AND LOTS OF LOVELY SOUP. ❀

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        sondasmcschatter said:
        March 8, 2015 at 5:06 am

        PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW PROBABLY THINK WE ARE YELLING AT EACH OTHER IN ALL CAPS!!! πŸ™‚ I ALMOST HAVE MY HEIRLOOM SEED CATALOGS WORN OUT FROM LOOKING—- I’M SOOOO READY FOR WARM WEATHER & TO DIG IN THE DIRT——— BLESSINGS DEAR ONE—– LATER-

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    noelleg44 said:
    March 5, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Ah, Jo, heirloom tomatoes! I would love to grow some, but the soil here is mostly clay, not to mention all the four legged tomato lovers who live in our woods. So I drive to the Raleigh Farmer’s Market once a week and pick up BIG, delicious ones. Do you like fried green tomatoes? YUM!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      I LOVE fried green tomatoes! It was funny reading the fiction book of the same name, and then finding the recipe at the end. I had to head off straight away to the veggie garden and make some. I’ve seen the heirlooms for sale at our local Woolworths shop, but I’m holding out to munch on my own now. Some of these tomatoes are huge already – although still green – hmmm – fried greed heirlooms on my agenda for today I think. πŸ˜€

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    olganm said:
    March 5, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Keep us posted! And I hope for some recipes next!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Olga! These guys are growing fast, so I reckon I’m going to have piles of them soon – chilli sauce recipe for the end of next week for sure! ❀

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    Book Club Mom said:
    March 5, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I’m looking forward to growing tomatoes again this summer!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Excellent! I’m thinking that we could start a tomato lovers club online with so many of us loving those little red guys. Here’s to summer and seeing your tomatoes! πŸ™‚

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    teagan geneviene said:
    March 5, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Ah…sweet tiny growing tomatoes. Loved the pictures and good luck with them. They will be delicious. My favorite thing to eat is a fresh garden grown tomato. Hugs

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you Teagan! I love the little cherry and pear varieties too. You should get a big pot on your windowsill and you’ll have lovely warm tomato snacks to welcome you home every day. Hugs! ❀

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    March 6, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I haven’t tried to grow heirloom tomatoes but I used to have a garden. Nothing like sun-warmed tomatoes from garden to table. Same with carrots, radishes, onions, lettuce and cucumbers. It takes work but soooo worth it. πŸ™‚

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      It is a bit of work, but I’m really enjoying it. We were spoiled up in Zim with lots of gardeners, and we bought a lot of seedlings mainly, but having got stuck in myself now, I won’t ever stop. Nothing beats a crunch radish straight from the soil – love those things! Strangely – eye watering as it sounds – they make excellent pickles too. ❀

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        Let's CUT the Crap! said:
        March 8, 2015 at 1:02 am

        Love radishes too. Never had them pickled, but straight from ground to table. Nice heat. πŸ™‚

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    kcg1974 said:
    March 6, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Jo, you’ve definitely inspired me to plant a little garden in my back yard this spring. Wonderful!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Excellent! It will be great to see yours on your blog too. I don’t have much space here, but small is much more doable, and I’m so loving going out every day and seeing all the new bounty. Here’s to your veggie patch! πŸ™‚

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        kcg1974 said:
        March 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

        Small would be wise for me since I’m a ‘newbie.’ How exciting to see the birth of your toil. Like little babies green! “)

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    Sketchuniverse said:
    March 6, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Beautiful pics to depict Mother Nature. Exciting. Congrats!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you! I am very excited that they’re growing so well – surprised too, but very happy. πŸ™‚

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    Colin Noel-Johnson said:
    March 6, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Looking forward to your cookbook. What kind of chillies did you plant?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      It’s turning into a pretty whacky cookbook – with my book character writing it. πŸ˜€ So far planted and growing I’ve got Giant Jalapeno, Brown Poblano, and one called a Mozamican Bastardo – that’s supposed to be hot as anything. My next lot of seeds are Scotch Bonnet and Tabasco. πŸ˜€

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        Colin Noel-Johnson said:
        March 8, 2015 at 2:49 am

        sounds like a fun cookbook. I’ll have to see if I can find seeds for the Mozamican Bastardo, I hadn’t heard of that pepper before.

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    mgill0627 said:
    March 6, 2015 at 6:51 am

    OMG, that’s amazing dedication. That shows the commitment to your work that is only allowed for indie authors. Going to that effort and being that close to every part of your creation is something no traditionally published author could do.

    Also, can’t wait for some great recepies for some spicy spicy.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      That’s so true – we are lucky to be indies! I really do love it all, and it’s cool to look at the cover with my little seedling on it – my own daffodil too. It’s probably not the sort of thing non scribbler “normal” people would do. πŸ˜€ I’ve got LOTS of spicy spicy coming – hooked on chillies.

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    Hugh's Views and News said:
    March 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Sounds great, Jo, and I’m certainly looking forward to your chilly sauce recipe as I love my chilli hot as well.

    My partner grows tomatoes and, I must say, they are just the best tasting tomatoes I have ever eaten. Picked fresh and eaten straight away makes all the difference to the flavour I think. He also grows strawberries and they to are so mouth watering when picked that I can not wait to start eating them. Strawberry season is coming up for us in a four to five months time and it will be nothing but fresh fruit in the mornings and for desserts for me.

    Enjoy your garden and all that you eat from it.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      You’re going to love this chilli sauce Hugh! I’ll post it at the end of next week if my burgeoning crop is anything to go by. You need quite a lot of chillies for it if you’re a serious heat seeker. I normally make four or five litre bottles of it. It’s brilliant straight away, but after a year or so mellowing in the fridge it’s really fabulous.

      Oooh – strawberries! Now I must plant strawberries too! It’s lovely that no matter how modern the cities people live in, there are so many who love to grow their own. Here’s to you two and your lovely veggies. ❀

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        Hugh's Views and News said:
        March 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm

        I look forward to seeing your recipe post, Jo. Maybe a VLOG showing us how to make it? I’m not a good cook, but my partner is, so he’ll take up the challenge I’m sure πŸ™‚ I’ll gladly do the tasting bit.

        I also enjoy eating pasta, and my partner makes a great vegetable pasta sauce. I’m so pleased I have him, as otherwise it would be microwaveable meals for me every night!

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    Patrick Jones said:
    March 6, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Fantastic, Jo! We want to plant tomatoes this year too! I bet your cover will be superb as well as your Chili!!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Cool Patrick! I’m looking forward to seeing Sandy’s photos when your summer comes. Tomato growers unite! πŸ˜€ I’m pretty chuffed with the pics I’ve been collecting for my recipe book – my lack of patience doesn’t a good photographer make, but I’m trying hard, and learning all the time. Hugs! πŸ™‚

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        Patrick Jones said:
        March 7, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        You’re pictures are fantastic, Jo!! You are too hard on yourself! Looking forward to the snow melting and Spring things growing soon! Good luck with your new cookbook! Can’t wait to see it!

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    Cate Russell-Cole said:
    March 7, 2015 at 3:50 am

    This is the most effort I have heard of anyone going to, for a cover. I’m seriously impressed!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you Cate! I’m a bit odd I think. It was funny though with that cover – it grew alongside the book, and it was a strangely happy making experience. Hugs!

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