Working long hours doesn’t leave much time for blogging or anything else. Cooking is something I rarely do on workdays, no cooking/no dirty dishes :-), but it’s Saturday and I’m making vegetable soup. A trip into town is needed to buy veggies I don’t have on hand. On my way out I stop and glance at the tomato vines, a week has gone by since I checked for ripe fruit. Usually no more than two or three tomatoes are ready to pick, today a couple of clusters are red.
The vines have spilled over onto my porch, this big tomato is resting in a potted plant.
Wait, what is that?! At first glance I thought it was some sort of blight. A closer look…
Is that a caterpillar, what manner of beast is this? Whatever is on this bug is either eating it, or maybe the little white tubes are caterpillar eggs? Alien pods? I have to admit, wondering just what would hatch did cross my mind. I keep a light-saber nearby for such intruders (aka broom) and ChewBella on speed dial just in case. One evening when I opened the door this unfortunate alien was greeted and captured by her.
Later this evening I did find out exactly what is taking place on my porch. A sinister snack, as in the movie Alien. At least the tomato horn-worm is nearly comatose, or so the video below says.
Hmm, is this what they mean by reincarnation ? I’m putting that poor caterpillar out of its misery and squashing all the pods tomorrow!
The veggie soup is finished. I added 1/4 lemon, ground up in a food processor along with a few dashes of Mexene chili seasoning (oh sooo good). Most of it will be frozen, because potatoes become grainy after freezing I decided to leave them out. Since the potatoes were already cooked, I wanted to use them. A quick search on Google rendered a recipe for tater-cornbread.
The potatoes add texture and flavor I like, but a drier mix will be used next time because the potatoes make the bread moist.
I hope your weekend is going well, blessings.