Simply Balisha

Simply Balisha

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cherry Tomatoes

These cherry tomatoes are called Sungold. They are the sweetest tomatoes. They don't turn quite as red as some I've had, and they don't crack. So far, the critters haven't found them. 
 The tomato plant looks a little anemic to me, but the yield is going to be spectacular. I know that there are no harmful chemicals on these I just eat a handful as I'm working in the garden.
 They share a pot with Purple Hyacinth Bean vines.I just tied them up along with the vines and let them climb.
 I want to mix these in with cukes, bowtie pasta, a little chopped red onion, and a small can of whole, pitted, black olives. I will dress this simple salad with a vinaigrette. 1\4cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Whisk together and pour over salad. So simple, but sounds so good with a half sandwich or cup of soup.
When I start picking things like these, I always feel like I could take care of a little more garden space. My wish is to have a little space for 4 tomato plants, 4 pepper plants, a row of heirloom lettuces, some green scallions, and maybe a zucchini plant or two. 
I saw a garden on my way to the pool this morning. The garden was surrounding the backyard deck. Instead of planting flowers around the deck...they planted vegetables. So handy to the kitchen. Everything looked healthy and well cared for. 
I may do a batch of bread and butter pickles this year....or some freezer pickles. I love those crispy pickles with a light lunch. Just a few jars to savor during the coldest snow storm this next winter.


  1. How lovely! And I'll bet they are delicious!

  2. Your garden looks good enough to eat! :-)

  3. Love a handful of cherry tomatoes--best snack ever!

  4. Your salad sounds delicious - all of our favorites. I also love home made pickles.
    Your tomatoes are looking good; it would be fun to grow different lettuce varieties.

  5. Only one cherry tomato so far..ages ago. The rest have stayed green. I guess mine are The Poky Cherry Tomato Variety :(

  6. With living in damp and shady area, tomatoes do not look too good :(
    May try a few veggies by my deck next Spring.
    Herbs by deck this Spring.
    thank you for the idea...

  7. I made a similar pasta salad on Saturday. I wish I had read your vinaigrette recipe before I used Italian dressing on mine. It looks like you will have plenty of tomatoes to enjoy all summer.

    We are planning to put a small veggie garden next to our deck next summer. This year I am removing the flowers to make space for it.