Oven-dried tomatoes are the perfect accompaniment for pasta, pizza, and salads. They are low in calories and a great alternative to regular tomato sauce. They are perfect for dipping into olive oil, salt and pepper.
My neighbor has a plot in our community garden. It’s really close to where we live; it’s 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 eating them all raw, mainly just to give me an excuse to photograph them.
I thought of maybe canning them, but there wasn’t enough for that. So I decided to make ‘sun-dried tomatoes. I don’t have the patience actually to let them dry out in the sun, so I did the oven method. Which I presume is faster.
The end result is only a tiny 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 anymore. The horrible hours, physically demanding, lonely, and the place I was 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 there. 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 Choos. 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, and talk to people and all my new coworkers are really nice. I’m excited about this new adventure. When I put two weeks’ notice at my old job, my chef went, ‘I can’t believe you’re leaving HERE to sell some shoes.’ And I don’t think he will ever understand, but I do, so that’s all that matters.
- 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, and toss in 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.