18 August 2013

oven dried tomatoes



My neighbor has a plot in our community garden. It's really close to where we live, its a tiny little garden but must have some amazing soil because every time I walk by it is flourishing. 

Last week he gave me a bag full of cherry tomatoes from his section. They were amazing, so juicy and packed with flavor. I ate them up so quickly. The other day he gave me another bag full. I was so happy, more juicy little goodies to devour. 

I wanted to actually do something with them, instead of just eat them all raw, mainly just to give me an excuse to photograph them. 

I thought of maybe canning them, but their wasn't enough for that. So I decided to make 'sun' dried tomatoes. I don't have the patience to actually let them dry out in the sun, so I did the oven method. Which I presume is faster. 

Obviously the end result is only a small amount of dried tomatoes, since they shrivel up to such tiny little things. But they are so amazing. A bit chewy and packed with so much flavor. 

So an update on my life. I am no longer a baker. In the professional sense. I still love to bake at home and for photos, but it is no longer my day job. I just couldn't take it any more. The horrible hours, physically demanding, lonely and the place I was at just wasn't for me. Maybe it was because everyone worked fairly early in the morning or maybe it is just how they are, but everyone was really negative. The conversations were always people complaining, bitching and whining about everything. From the amount of work they did or didn't have to do, to the bosses, to the recipes, pretty much just everything. And it seemed like everyone was always talking about each other behind their backs. Seriously and I was the youngest person their. It was exhausting, when you pretty much spend most of your life at work, you want to at least get on with your coworkers. Now while I liked some of them, a few rotten apples ruin the bunch. I had come from a previous job where I considered my coworkers my close friends. On my first day back from a weekend, I was always itching to talk to them. This job was never that case. 

I needed something completely different. So I'm now working at a boutique on the main street in town. It sells super high-end shoes, handbags and clothes. Like Louboutin's and Jimmy Choo's. Everything is gorgeous. 

After only working a few shifts so far, I really like it better. 
I get to have a normal schedule, wear real clothes to work, talk to people and all my new coworkers are really nice. I'm excited for this new adventure. When I put two weeks notice at my old job, my chef went 'I can't believe your leaving HERE to go sell some shoes.' And I don't think he will ever understand, but I do so thats all that matters.




oven dried cherry tomatoes.

cherry tomatoes
coarse salt
freshly ground pepper
handful of freshly chopped herbs (I used sage and rosemary)

Oven on the lowest temperature possible.
Cut all tomatoes in half, toss is a bowl with salt, pepper and herbs.
Place, cut side up, on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.
Place in oven and leave until dry and shriveled. 
Mine took 3 or 4 hours, it depends on how big your tomatoes are.

*Store in fridge.



Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

i would love to have a handful of these right now! Love!

thecitygourmand said...

These would go beautifully in a tart or quiche

Sarah | The Sugar Hit said...

Good for you. It really doesn't matter what you do, it's wayy wayy too important to be happy to put up with a bad work environment. I'm happy for ya.

Anonymous said...

Perfect pictures and a great idea! Thanks for this inspiration!

Greetings from Germany

Unknown said...

Jobs with bad co-workers and attitudes are the worst! I recently left my job because of that too. Lovely photos, as usual, and I will have to try this out with tomatoes!

The Narrowboat Baker said...

Great blog - love your photos and recipes. Good luck with the new job, I've been in a very similar situation before after previously being in a job I loved and had close friends in. All the best, I'll be reading for a while now..... :)

Jade Sheldon-Burnsed said...

I am so, so, so happy for you. Work makes up so much of our lives, that it's absolutely pointless to be miserable in it. I'm so happy you could find something that suited you better. I think it's also hard when your favorite hobby becomes your job. I'm an illustrator and photographer but in order to stay creative and continue to feel passionate about my hobbies, I need other things in my life.

Anonymous said...

that's great that you got a new job that's more positive! btw, your pictures are gorgeous! :D

Unknown said...

I love the photography and the recipe is just perfect I will do a try.

Caley said...

You did the right thing with your job. If you aren't happy, it's not at all worth it. Glad you're liking the new one. OH. And your photos are the most gorgeous things I've ever laid eyes on. As per usual...

Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking said...

I wish I lived in an area where cherry tomatoes would flourish! I love these little tomatoes and yours are gorgeous!
Best of luck to the new job, hope you'll have a fun time with your co-workers

Laura Dembowski said...

The tomatoes look great! And good for you for leaving a job you hated. It's so important to enjoy life as much as possible. Selling fancy shoes sounds like a lot of fun and something si different from baking..

... said...

I often wonder if it is the baking industry because I feel the exact same way at my workplace right now. And I feel like the abounding negativity makes ME more negative and I get scared that I am perpetuating that everywhere. Your new job sounds awesome! Gotta do what keeps you happy. And you still get to keep baking on the side for all your lovely photos. Sounds like perfect balance.

As always, LOVE your photos and recipes. I am definitely gonna make that peach tea syrup. Possibly today. Can't wait!

éva-mona said...

Your oven dried tomatoes look so good! I'm glad to hear you've found a new and better job : )

Cultural Chromatics said...

You go girl! Do what you gotta do. I think your blogging/baking recipes will only get better.