And for a luscious raw tomato sauce to go on top, I used this recipe:
6 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 2 hours
6 chopped fresh roma tomatoes
a handful of fresh basil leaves
4 medjool dates, soaked for 2 hours
1 garlic clove
generous pinch of sea salt & splash of cold-pressed olive oil
Throw all into the Vitamix and blend till smooth.
This recipe has everything you need: intensity from the s-d toms, the zestiness of the basil, sweetness from the dates & the depth from the garlic. Totally delicious and you can basically use this as a dip if you wanted or just eat it straight out of the Vitamix. To go over my pasta, I warmed it gently (place the amount of tomato sauce you need in a small bowl and place that in a bowl of hot water, that comes up the side of yr first bowl. Stir). A meal that is not just vibrant with colour and freshness, but bursting with flavour and goodness. Give it a try!
The other thing I cannot live without my Vitamix for, is my morning Green Smoothie. Yes, I've become a little more adventurous with my morning juices, and am now inovlving a hearty dose of green stuff in there as well. Kale is my first choice, and a couple of leaves in with my banana & pineapple juice and it goes a ludicrous green!
You do not taste the kale, but man, do you feel the benefits - it's like an adrenalin shot! It is the perfect energiser to start your day with.
And now, for a progress report on my garden.
If not for my spectacular peas, things would have been a little more dire.
I've enjoyed picking the leaves off of my kale and rocket and lettuce, but to say there's been a bumper crop, would be a massive understatement! I haven't dared to dig out a carrot yet, and my poor leeks look quite peak-ed. It may not be good news on that front either. However, I have managed another capsicum off of my hard-working bush, and another glorious tomato bush has sprung up. Maybe next winter I'll just stick with peas ......