Jon Crispin's Notebook

Last Tomato

Posted in fruits, tomato, vegetables by joncrispin on 23/10/2015

This is the last tomato of the season.  It was still not quite ripe when I picked it earlier this week, but it looks about ready to go.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Vegetable Stock #2

Posted in Food by joncrispin on 20/07/2012

I made stock again last night.  Same basic idea as before.  I usually cook stuff like this outside on the side burner of the grill to keep the smells down in the house and because our inside stove is electric.  I still prefer gas.  Lots of different veg remainders in this one; lemons,red peppers, ends of haricots vert, and who knows what else.  It smelled really good while cooking and in the end produced about 3 full quarts of stock.  I have been using the last batch to make risotto and the flavors are really subtle.  Give it a try sometime.  So much better than composting if like us you don’t have a vegetable garden.

Vegetable Stock

Posted in Food, Friends by joncrispin on 23/06/2012

My dear friend John Wilson makes stock out of any vegetable materials left over from his cooking preparations.  When Peter and I were with him in March he told me how he does it.  So for the past several months I have been collecting bits of carrot, onion, garlic, brussels sprouts, celery, tomato; well, you get the idea.  I have put them in a bag in the freezer while waiting for a good time to start the process. I have no idea how it will turn out, but I’ll know more in about 3 hours.  It is smelling pretty good so far.

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