I always expect the first tomato of the year to be a big disappointment. It seems it is usually mealy and tasteless, and I expected this one to be exactly that. After all, it has been trying to ripen through temperatures that sometimes got nearly down to freezing, and it has had very few warm, sunny days to help it along. I warned Mr. Granny that it was just our summer ritual to eat that first nasty tasting tomato, so suck it up and go for it. Boy, were we surprised! This little two ounce beauty, not much bigger than a golf ball, actually had the taste and texture of a real tomato! I must say, I think we'll be very, very happy with Bloody Butcher. I'm happy to say there are three more that are getting close to ripening.
Of course, it was only proper to prepare a garden dinner to celebrate the first tomato. The onion, carrots, sugar snap peas and broccoli were fresh from the garden, and the bell pepper strips, from the freezer, from last year's garden. A six ounce bowl of fresh raspberries, our third and largest picking of the year, will top some vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Stir fry chicken with fresh garden vegetables are becoming a favorite, and appear on our menu on a weekly basis. Tossed with a simple stir fry sauce of chicken broth, soy sauce and cornstarch, then served over noodles or rice, it's an economical, filling and delicious meal. Mr. Granny even loves it, broccoli and all!