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Mermelada de Tomate, Thanks to Christina!

A long time ago (late 60’s) in a land far, far away (Spanish Harlem), my aunt made…Mermelada de Tomate (Tomato Marmalade)!  No one really liked it, but I was intrigued and fell in love with it. When I asked my aunt many years later, she said she had tried a recipe at whim but did not have the recipe not remember the procedure.

I once found a canned version by Conchita, whose products I normally like, and tried it excitedly, only to throw it out as is was vile. This was obviously one of those things you had to make at home.

Lately, with some help from a good friend Christina ( I’ve been experimenting and think I’ve come close to the memory. She had not heard of it but suggested:

Do you think it was fresh tomatoes with sugar? If so, try a two cup tomato to one cup sugar ratio. Place in a sauce pot and cook over low for two hours. That’s how I do the mango mermelada. Let me know.

My first thought was “No way, too simple”. For the first hour and a half I was sure it was a distaster, looking more like chunky tomato soup rather than anything I would have for desert. But the last half hour magic happened and it changed consistency and color and started resembling my memories.

Thanks, Christina!


Categories: Food

Help the Little Haiti Community Garden

My good friend Jessica let me know about the fundraising efforts of the little Haiti Community Garden here in Miami.  Miami has the largest Haitian community in the US and the recent tragedy there has hit home here. The vision of the garden is children working with their families in their lots to grow edibles and to serve as another focus for community sharing.

Read up and click the link at the bottom. Take a few minutes to vote and help these people get the funding for a great project.  –Al-


Subject: Hi! It’s your old and dear friend Jessica, asking you the read this and then vote for the Little Hai

Love a good underdog story? Then vote for the Little Haiti Community Garden!

Do it…take an action…be part of something GREAT. We are up to 241 votes! That is only 301 votes away from being in the running to qualify for $25,000 in grant funds! Do you know what the garden could do with $25,000?! Holy Moly! How about start changing the economic, community and food landscape of a neighborhood in desperate need, that’s what!

So do it now. Do it because it will feel good! Do it because you believe in community! Do it because you like gardens and green spaces! Do it because the devastation in Haiti still breaks your heart, and you understand how it affects the Haitian community in Miami! Do it because you are a good person! Do it because you like kids and flowers and trees! Do it because it takes like 30 seconds, and what else are you doing right now?!

Do it because clearly you are my friend, and because true friendship means more than just ambient awareness on facebook. Friendship is real. So take a real action and vote for this garden.

I mean sheesh! 301 votes=SMALL POTATOES, especially when you think about how facebook has HALF A MILLION registered users. 301 votes is EASY. You eat 301 votes for breakfast, and then ask for more!

We can do this if we all vote for the Little Haiti Community Garden. We can do this if we share this link with our friends and empower them to vote for the garden too. Gotta love the beautiful efficiency of viral communication, especially when the cause is just so RIGHT!

June 15th is the deadline, So let’s see how fast we can get those votes! Be a part of this! Fight for it! Step up and DO SOMETHING GOOD TODAY!

Besides, it’ll make you smile, and then I’ll make you some cookies.