tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

In which I get curmudgeonly about political surveys and make salsa

For a brief second over the weekend I thought the tomatoes were slowing down. Then I realised that this is because last week I denuded them completely and gave a bunch away. This week, they are back up to speed, and yesterday I picked another 10.

At the start of the season, I planted 6 hybrid variety plain tomato plants and 8 heirloom yellow roma ones. Then a few weeks later I planted another 6 plain ones. The first lot are about half done fruiting, and the romas and second lot are about to start. They aren't as heavy (the heirloom ones in particular are obviously not as vigorous) but they still have about 20 tomatoes apiece.

I decided that this year I won't bottle stuff - partly because I don't really know what I'm doing, and partly because in my research to get to where I do know what I'm doing, I discovered that bottling requires equipment, which then has to be stored when you're not using it. This seems like an expenditure that's only worth it if you do a lot of preserving, and I've never done it so I figure I'd wait to see how keen I am over the course of a year or so before spending the money.

We do have a freezer however. It's a town one - a whole mutton would just about fill it - but we don't eat a lot of meat and there's lots of leftover space for other things (like my berley from Sunday for instance). So, freezing smallish quantities of stuff is not out of the bounds of possibility.

So I've had a think about what we're likely to eat in the preserved-tomato department, and I figure pasta sauce and salsa (for nachos and soups and things) are the two most likely options. Now, I know that freezing vegies does weird things to their texture, but for salsa that's used in cooking, that doesn't matter. So I duly got together the ingredients:

Tomatoes, garlic, onion, capsicum, olive oil, chili powder (stoopid chilis not yet fruiting!), salt and lemon juice. If I had tomatillos I would use them too, but that'll have to wait for next year.

Chopping, chopping, mixing, mixing... ta da, salsa!

And then bung it in some ziplock bags because they stack better than containers..

I figure making it mild and then adding spice as required is better than making it inedibly hot and then only having a small number of uses for it.

Next picking - pasta sauce. I have a basic recipe to which I can add various herbs from the garden to make different flavours. We shall see how that goes.

And I also unpressed my comb paper and set the cutter one to glue:

After this, all they will need is the edges trimmed up to the plate, then they'll be ready to go. Hoping for a better grind this time.

And I chased Dr Wheel around with armour as predicted. He obligingly let me catch him and take *ahem* measurements. So there may be progress on that this week too. Yay!

Meanwhile, Chris Finlayson (National Party MP) sent me a letter. I'd feel special, but he sent the YoT one too. In it there is a survey to glean what issues are important to me. I get to choose from things like:

Rolling out ultra-fast broadband, and investing in roads and rail.

You'll note how they've cunningly phrased is so if I want broadband I also have to agree to more roads. Interesting, that combination. I'm not sure what they have to do with each other, but he's prompted me to return the survey pointing out how manipulative this question is. Because I'm a shit like that.

Also: More elective operations and shorter waiting times.

What this means is that pombagira's surgery for endometriosis would get bumped further into 'elective' territory, because being crippled once a month is something you only 'elect' to fix. And because making more important but non-life-threatening surgeries elective is surely the only way to improve waiting times.

Oh wait. We could spend less on tax breaks for rich people, and more on health!

That's not an option according to Chris. But we can have 'tougher sentencing, parole, and bail laws', and 'reducing long-term welfare dependency , with a focus on work' - not, you'll note, reducing unemployment by creating more jobs, because we all know that the unemployed are to blame for their own unemployment, not neoliberal policy that increases inequality very deliberately in order to create competition for jobs and thus manipulate the working class into accepting reduced wages and conditions so that business owners can exploit them more easily...

I don't think Mr Finlayson really wants my opinion, eh? But he's going to get it anyway. *ahem* Here is a picture of my response. Yes, I really did say BAD SURVEY, NO BISCUIT. After I took the pic, I also added this:

"PS if you are not prepared to accept this survey with my altered answers, please throw it away and don't count it at all. And then take a long hard look at yourselves as representatives of the people."

I am going to be hell on wheels when I'm old. Oh fuck yes.
Tags: preserving tomatoes oh yeah, ruining the survey with my brain, who voted for these idiots?
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