a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jack Frosted Our Green Tomatoes!

So what to do with gobs of little green tomatoes? 

Exactly what every modern woman does . . .
(and if you are reading this post --- you are a modern woman!)

thanks to
for this perfect-for-my-blog-topic photo

Search the internet!!!
And, pardon the pun, it was a very fruitful search.  Yes, a tomato is a fruit even though we consider it a vegetable.

I discovered recipes for:  
  • Green Tomato Pie, which they claim tastes just like apple
  • Fried Green Tomato Pie which a tomato-hater loved anytime--       breakfast, lunch and dinner!
  • Un-fried Green Tomatoes for the health-conscious
  • Green Tomato Oatmeal Bars whose claim to fame is they taste like fig bars
  • Curried Green Tomato Sauce that, while not tasting like chicken, is great with chicken
  • and
  • Green Tomato Salsa Verde 
and finally decided to try the first recipe I came across . . .

Green Tomato Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups finely chopped green tomatoes* 
1-1/2 chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired

* green tomatoes are firm so all you need to do  is wash them, slice off the stem end, slice them and chop them up. I used my small food processor to do the chopping part.

Thoroughly combine the dry ingredients in large bowl. Make a well in center. In small bowl, beat the eggs lightly with a fork and stir in the oil, water and vanilla. Pour into the well in the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fold in the tomatoes and nuts.

Spoon batter into  2 greased and floured 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pans. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to one hour --- the bread will have pulled away from edges of pan and if you poke a toothpick in the center it will come out clean. Cool bread in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on the wire rack.

It is really good!and tastes similar to zucchini bread.  The fun part is the bright green little chunks.  One person wrote that  she took a loaf to work and everyone loved it but no one could guess the "secret" ingredient.

'til we eat again,
         Simply, Gail

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