I’ve mentioned it before that outside of this blog I work with foster children. When most people hear that, they typically express some kind of compassionate admiration towards what I do. Which, I’m not going to lie, I appreciate because sometimes my job is hard. Like, for example, when you are unsuccessfully dodging a bite from a a little autistic boy(That’s only happened once in 7 years). I don’t know if it’s that kind of scenario that’s going through peoples mind that elicits that kind of response but I imagine it is. Or at least various scenes from The Walking Dead. On a side note, I now know for a fact that I wouldn’t survive a zombie apocalypse. I’m terrible at dodging bites. The truth is my job is relatively easy. The majority of the children and adolescences I work with are amazing. I *get* to build relationships with these children and their foster families. It’s incredibly humbling, stretching, and yes at times challenging but so incredibly worth it. If you’ve ever thought about fostering just do it. It’s one of the best and most rewarding things you could possibly do. My job also has some perks! This past week, after dropping one of the kids back to his foster home, I was greeted at the door with a basket full of tomatoes in various stages of ripeness. Some were green, a few yellowish, and a couple where red but all of them made me excited. I knew that the majority of these tomatoes wouldn’t ripen well (not enough sun) so I had to use them up now or I’d end up with a rotting green tomatoes. I lucked out because that night my family was planning on having nacho night. It didn’t take me long to know that I was going to make a Late Harvest Tomato Salsa to go with our meal! It was delicious!
This is such a simple and flavourful way to use up all the left over tomatoes from your garden that were a little late developing. It’s alright Jimmy, you’ll grow eventually you just haven’t hit your growth spurt yet. Fresh salsas are an easy and nutritious way to brighten up any taco or nacho night. So what are you waiting for? Go make this with all those green, yellow, and reddish tomatoes left over from your garden! Or you know, just make it with regular ripe tomatoes if you don’t have any left, The salsa will still be good!
Late Harvest Tomato Salsa
5 Medium sized Tomatoes of various ripeness
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons of Freshly chopped Cilantro
2 Red Chilies, Finely Chopped
1/2 Red Pepper, Finely Chopped
1/4 of a Small onion, Finely Chopped
1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon of Cumin
1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Coriander Seed
Juice of Half a lime
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Mix all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Let sit for at least an hour to allow flavours to get along. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!