Friday, August 3, 2007

Fried Green Tomatoes

Another one of Dad's favorites.

Step one: Procure green tomatoes. You can grow your own, buy some from a farmer's market, or convince the very nice lady who works in your office building to bring you some from her garden.

Step two: Wash and slice the green tomatoes. (Monkey plate optional.)

Step three: Cover tomato slices with flour. (Or corn starch, or corn meal, or your favorite combination of the three.)

Step four: Fry. I prefer the electric skillet for more even frying. I used vegetable oil. Mom always used Crisco. Flip and fry on the other side. Apply salt liberally.

Step five: While those are frying, peel and slice a cucumber. Apply flour. Prepare to fry. (Monkey plate still optional.)

Step six: Remove from oil, present and eat. In order to avoid a tummyache, share some with friends.

Step seven: While eating, fry up the cucumbers. Enjoy!

If there were leftovers, my dad would eat them cold. I've never been quite brave enough to try that, but if you think that sounds good... go for it.


I picked up my Interweave Knits magazine at the post office today (the mailbox in my apartment building is broken, and until the management fixes it, the post office is holding our mail, which is nice because no one can steal my mail, but is kind of inconvenient if you think about it), and I really enjoyed flipping through it. There aren't too many patterns I'd actually consider making (there never are), but I still enjoy looking through all the new patterns in the magazine. I've been trying to avoid all of the preview links I've seen online, because that's a complete spoiler for me (kind of like everyone who was trying to avoid Harry Potter spoilers for so long). Part of the joy for me is getting to see the patterns for the first time in print. Anyone else feel that way?


Annabelle asked about the pirate socks. I didn't make up the chart, but it can be found here if you're interested. I had some concerns about there only being 68 stitches in the chart, and I spent a great deal of time trying to alter the chart to make it larger so the socks would fit me. But I ended up making the chart exactly as found (after 20 rows of k2, p2 ribbing and two rows of plain knitting) and it seems it will fit just fine.

I've had a number of people think it very odd that I'm knitting pirate argyle socks. They think it's even stranger that I'm making them for myself. I'm so misunderstood.


I know this post is all over the place, but I want it to be made official: I have not bought sock yarn in over two months. I am one third of the way through the challenge. Oh, buying sock yarn, how I miss thee.


Chris Salley said...

My mouth is watering. I will pay you to make me some fried green tomatoes. I can't cook. I need them. Please help.

Kimmie said...

I disagree.....I think the monkey plate is MANDATORY!

Annabelle said...

Those tomatoes take me back to grandma's kitchen. I'm not brave enough to try to make my own though.

Thanks for the link to the socks. You are so very misunderstood, they are the coolest!

Leone said...

Your determination is inspiring Brooke! And oh my, if I had a skillet those fried green tomatoes would be in my tummy. And of course you are knitting pirate socks! Every intelligent knitter who is interesting knits pirate socks. It's like saying "why is Leone buried in textbooks?" Of course I'm buried in textbooks and of course you are knitting pirate socks. Us pirate knitters have to stick together you know!