'tis the season.
that i start hoarding tomatoes.
we like to eat as seasonally as possible so the window for enjoying tomatoes is just a couple months around here. this, i'm sure, is hard for my tomato-loving husband (a. husband! that still sounds funny/great! & b. seriously, they are his favorite 'food') but if we're being honest, those mealy, pink, tomato-shaped rocks available in the winter aren't really tomatoes anyway, are they?
and that's why right about now, when they just so happen to be cheapest as well, i start buying several pounds each weekend and getting them ready for winter. we'd love to can them (we did when we lived in Maine) but in this Parisian apartment, there's just no where to keep them short of stashing them under our end tables - no thanks.
so i take these little beauties (these are a delicious variety called Campari) and place them whole on a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast them at 450°F. when they're done, i take them out of the oven and when cool, just pop the whole tray in the freezer until they're frozen solid and can be easily transferred to a plastic bag.
they are wonderful throughout the winter and, since they are frozen individually, it's easy to pull out two for a pizza or ten for chilli without the worry of having to use everything before it goes by, unlike when you open a jar of canned tomatoes.
so, guess what i'll be buying at the marché this sunday!
have a beautiful weekend.