The tomatoes I planted this year did even worse than last year. A few of the plants just got drowned in the torrential rains shortly after I transplanted them, and the one plant that got big and healthy hasn’t produced much in the way of fruit. I don’t really get enough sun here for tomatoes, but I can’t help myself.
Today, we finally had a ripe tomato, and I let N pick it. He came in with it and asked "Can we make First Tomato soup?" This was, of course, a reference to one of the Voyage to the Bunny Planet books* by Rosemary Wells** where in the day that should have been, Claire gets to pick the first ripe tomato and her mother makes her First Tomato soup.
I couldn’t resist a request like that, but I also didn’t want to waste one of my few homegrown tomatoes on something that could just as well be made out of store-bought tomatoes. And I strongly suspected that neither of the boys would actually eat whatever I made. So after a few minutes of googling, I made the simplest soup possible — tomato, olive oil, and salt, pureed together without cooking. D refused to taste it and N had just a few bites, but T and I enjoyed it.
*In each of these books, a young bunny has a terrible day, and then the Bunny Queen takes them to the Bunny Planet, where they get to experience the day that should have been. Each of the days gives the child what they were really missing — quiet and solitude, parental attention, warmth and affection. The link is to a book that contains all three stories, but if you can find the out-of-print box set in a used bookstore or yard sale for less than the unreal prices being asked by Amazon sellers, I’d vote for that. The books are larger than the classic Sendak Nutshell Library but only about half the size of a standard paperback and there’s something about the small books fitting into their own little case that is absolutely irresistible for preschoolers.
**Yes, Rosemary Wells, better known as the creator of Max and Ruby.