strawberries and tomatoes

20 May

When I am upset, I cook, provided I find myself near a kitchen that is.

It was going to be a great weekend. Until Yiannis woke up in the middle of Friday night with a fever.

1st thought: Damn. We are going to miss all of Saturday’s perfect laid plans.

2nd thought: Oh, my poor boy has fever.

Yes, in THAT order and NO, I am not ashamed.

I woke up on Saturday morning pretty frustrated. I turned to N. and nagged about planning with young children sucks, blah blah blah. He then looked at me and said: Planning doesn’t suck, you just need to work on being flexible to change the plans you have made. TRUE. I knew I married the right guy!

So…I decided to embrace that thought and went off to the local farmer’s market, found my two trusted sources and shopped 10 kg of strawberries and 10 kg of tomatoes (amongst other stuff).

I parked the kids in front of the TV, clearly explained to Yianni that he should take advantage of mom not restricting precious TV time to 2 episodes and enjoy the freedom to watch as much as he wants.

I made some homemade tomato sauce with the sweetest, ripest and tastiest tomatoes in the world (no, of course I am not exaggerating).

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As for the strawberries I will share our tip of having on hand (in other words in the freezer) the best ingredient for smoothies, sauces or jams ANYTIME. Go out and buy as much as your freezer can fit, or as much as you are capable to prepare, at the time the fruit is AT ITS BEST. The preparing bit is quite a hassle but the pay off is big. Nothing beats a homemade strawberry watermelon smoothie (N’s secret recipe – it ROCKS).

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Needless to say I spent half of the day in the kitchen (or more when I come to think of it).

It was not the Saturday I had in mind but at least I took my frustration out on cooking and we managed to enjoy the results (long-term and short-term).

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Sunday’s brunch. Secret ingredient: homemade tomato sauce

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N.’s idea of a healthy dessert: strawberries, yogurt & dark chocolate

Until next time

love,

tatu

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15 Responses to “strawberries and tomatoes”

  1. Elina Zambounis May 20, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Now I also know you married the right guy!!!
    Love to you all!

  2. Iris May 20, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Yummie!! I also made a strawberry smoothie this weekend: stawberries’ puree and yogurt together with some stevia sweetener and then into the freezer. Healthy and delicious. It’s also nice with various berries (Jamie’s recipe). 😉 X

    • wonderlandbytatu May 21, 2013 at 6:31 am #

      I can inhale ANYTHING with berries. I wish we had more of the other berries here as well. That is 1 thing I love about summer in Germany – I can’t think of another thing at the moment 😉

    • wonderlandbytatu May 21, 2013 at 6:31 am #

      I can inhale ANYTHING with berries. I wish we had more of the other berries here as well. That is 1 thing I love about summer in Germany – I can’t think of another thing at the moment 😉

  3. ramblingsfromamum May 20, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    I would love to buy up large quantities of strawberries when in season, but in summer when they are over here they are round the $3.00 -$4.00 per 250grm tub = approx $12+ per kilo…not that cheap. Buy i agree, frozen to make a coulee or smoothie…delish! xx

    • wonderlandbytatu May 21, 2013 at 6:34 am #

      WOW, these are some PRICEY strawberries. We usually get the raspberries at such a price but when the strawberries are in season you can find them for EURO 2-2,5 per kilo. I need to appreciate my strawberries more!

  4. sakuraandme May 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I love smoothies and especially strawberries. Coming from Oz like Mumsy I second that about the cost of the strawberries. It’s highway robbery! LMAO Still you made me feel hungry. Lol …Hugs Paula xxxx

    • wonderlandbytatu May 21, 2013 at 6:35 am #

      I kind of went overboard with the whole strawberry smoothie back when I was pregnant with Yianni and gained a few extra pounds. But it was worth it 😉

      • sakuraandme May 21, 2013 at 7:31 am #

        Lol… of course it was!! 🙂 xx

  5. memyselfandkids.com May 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    It always seems like you have alot of plans and someone is getting sick. Is that accurate?
    Glad the time home provided some good eats and drinks. My children are both strawberry fanatics.

    • wonderlandbytatu May 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      thank you for noticing, yes. But it only gets really screwed when we all have something to look forward to! Lets not forget Christmas, Easter and public holidays.

      • memyselfandkids.com May 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

        If you were in America, you would consider suing the doctor.

  6. meditatingmummy May 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Love the berries Tatu, we love strawberries, raspberries and blueberries at our house. Oooh and dark chocolate, yummy! We buy ours at the Farmer’s market and I love Summer because we get soo many berries, I freeze them for Winter sometimes too.

    • wonderlandbytatu May 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      we only have strawberries and blackberries (reasonably priced that is) in Greece, I miss the vast variety of fantastic berries we used to get in Germany while vacationing in the summer, but then again I prefer the Greek sun & sea than eating all the berries I want and turn on the heating in July 😉

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