These days my life doesn't seem quite as chic. Instead of brushes and paints I work in jars and veggies. Today my medium of choice was a box of green tomatoes dropped off by a friend. My creative challenge was to use up all two boxes. I warmed up with a simple batch of green tomato pickles. They made a lovely background for the relish that followed. A true challenge to my imagination as I couldn't find a recipe I liked. A splash of peppers and a few stokes of onions and things were really beginning to sing. It wasn't until an experiment with a green tomato pie (it was suppose to taste like apple pie) went horribly wrong that I was reminded not every piece can be the Mona Lisa.
I may have given up good money and a exotic sounding career, for the "simple life". But hearing my kids say through mouths stuffed with fresh relish on crackers "Wow Mom, you made this!!! It's awesome!" makes me think my new contribution to this world might just be remembered after all.
Recipe for Southern Green Tomato Pickles
2 qts. green tomatoes quartered
2 cups onions chopped
1/4 cup hot peppers chopped
1/2 cup sweet peppers chopped
2 cups sugar
3 tbls. salt
1 tsp. celery seed
2 cup Cider vinegar
Put tomatoes, onions and peppers in large pot. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over veggies. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and put into sterile hot jars and seal.