Peacock tail feathers up close.
Peacock tail feathers up close.

Fresh From the Garden!

I had a little baggie in my freezer with about 10 harmless-looking little peppers in it. My friend from Trinidad gave them to me last year, fresh from the garden. At the time she warned me they were hot, but I forgot.

Beware those island peppers, oh my. I wish I had a picture of those little peppers, if only for specimen identification later.

The tomatoes had a late run of productivity and were hanging green on the vines. Prima was anxious to use them, not wanting to let any of her hard work gardening go to waste.

Fresh from the garden.
Fresh salsa from the garden.

I modified this recipe, Green Tomato Salsa Verde from It is really quite tasty, even if only people from Texas are able to eat it. This is a great way to use up the last of summer’s fresh produce.

Cooking and sneezing.
Cooking and sneezing.
Packed with flavor.
Packed with flavor.

Here’s a hint: if you start sneezing uncontrollably while making salsa, ease up on the peppers. If you went overboard, then add a little sugar or honey and extra citrus. I added the juice from two additional limes and a tablespoon of honey and was able to bring the heat down to merely tearing up instead of sneezing.

Green tomato salsa verde.

Now, it is perfect.

© copyright 2014 Mariam d’Eustachio at Simply Turquoise.

11 responses to “Fresh From the Garden!”

  1. So happy to see a post from you again! 🙂 I hope and pray you all are well… We love and miss you all 🙂 Be well! Have a happy Thanksgiving! Much love in Christ to you all, Your Mother Pela



    • Dearest Mother P, it was lovely to see M. Stephie & M. Macrina yesterday! The only thing missing was you! The problem with working full time and having 3 kids is I have no time for anything else. My poor neglected blog.


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