Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tomatoes and Song

Juliet Tomatoes

Yesterday I was working on a bushel of Juliet tomatoes. They are a small, meaty tomato that reminds me of Roma, but smaller. Much smaller! D2, D3, and D4 joined me in the kitchen. The old saying "Many hands make light work" is one I take to heart. I was grateful to have helpers with this task. The tomatoes are being canned, made into salsa and spaghetti sauce.

We cut the core off of each tomato and placed them in a pan with a small amount of water. I steam/roast them to make them want to let go of their skins. I cannot imagine peeling anything this small or the boiling water/ice water method that some folks use. I don't want to work that hard. When these little beauties come out of the oven and cool a bit, you can just squeeze them and they pop out of their skin. Easy! There is an occasional one that insists on spraying the nearby wall instead , but that is a minor inconvenience.

I've gone on and on about the tomatoes, but the thing I really wanted to share with you was the atmosphere while we were doing tomatoes. D2 is a classical voice and opera student. She has a crystal clear soprano voice that hits notes that I only hit in my dreams. D3 is my horse girl. Uh, uh, no music lessons for me! However, when she opens her mouth, a rich mezzo or perhaps alto voice comes out. No lessons and she has a control of the notes and her own style. D4 loves music. She feels it in her bones. She is also D2's greatest fan and wants to be just like her. For a third grader, her voice is rather mature. She tries too hard sometimes, but most of the time her song is sweet. Yesterday the three girls broke into song while working. They did a medley of Celtic Woman songs. I wish I had an easy way to record them and no tomato all the way up to my elbows!. It was lovely! The song, not the tomato all over my arms!Their sound was excellent, but the fact that they were working together was even better. I'm sure those tomatoes will have a sweeter flavor now!

I feel blessed!


  1. You are blessed!! How wonderful to hear the beautiful sounds of the girls singing! You had the sweet sounds to go along with the sweet red tomatoes!!
    Great post!

  2. what a beautiful memory to have! thank you for sharing!

  3. I love seeing the talents my kids have too, thanks for the great story! Thanks also for coming by my blog, I am happy to follow you!


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