Various websites offer guidance and tips. The general idea is to cut your tomatoes into thick slices, place them on a baking tray, cover with insect netting to keep the beasties off, and leave in the sunshine for four or five days, turning the slices occasionally.
Alternatively, if you don’t have access to sunshine, eight to ten hours in a warm oven will guarantee satisfactory results. The insect netting is not required for this second option.
The breadman calls while I am inspecting my semi-dried tomatoes. Pleasant fellow with a smattering of English. Pulls up at the roadside every Monday at 11.30am and pips his horn. The breadman always pips twice.
“Buenos dias. How is Brexit for you?” he says.
I convey my displeasure at the referendum result. Then I ask him how Spain’s political problems are progressing. There was a general election yesterday, the second in six months after a December poll left the country in limbo.
“The mafia are taking over,” he says, in reference to Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party (the equivalent of the British Tories and big on austerity) which has won the highest number of seats but remains short of an overall majority.
“The mafia? Rajoy?”
“Si, the mafia.”
Seems like we all have our problems and setbacks. But the tomatoes are doing fine. And the bread’s nice.