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Tomatoes - life wouldn't be the same without them
Member Name: Mioliere
Advantages: Very versatile, extremely good for you and great value for money
Tomatoes are an essential staple in the diet of my household. They are so versatile especially as, besides fresh, you can find them tinned, pureed, sun-dried, 'ketchuped' and, of course, 'souped', so there is never an excuse to be without them.
I add tomatoes to many meals; one favourite way of serving them is something I came across in Portugal; it is very simple - slices of tomato layered with slices of fresh onion, add a little olive oil, some Balsamic vinegar and some rock salt, and let them marinade in the fridge. Absolutely delicious. I always serve them with a green salad and cold meat and they go down very well at barbecues.
Spaghetti Bolognese wouldn't be the same without tomatoes; for this I usually used the chopped, tinned variety (the Co-op sell their own 230g tin for around 35p and they are very good) because I can't be bothered to skin the real things! I shouldn't be so lazy because it is very easy to skin a tomato; just score the skin slightly and place in boiling water for about thirty seconds. Lift out and you will find the skin peels away very easily.
I add tomatoes to casseroles, particularly to sausage and chicken casseroles, to anything stir-fried and as the final layer on a homemade pizza. They seem to go so well with almost anything.
Fresh tomatoes are the best accompaniment to cheese, either in sandwiches or on their own as part of a ploughman's lunch, and, of course, they are an essential part of the good old British breakfast or fry-up.
As versatile as the humble tomato is, I love it best eaten on it's own, preferably straight from the vine, as you would eat an apple. Delicious and so very good for you!
Summary: Delicious is so many ways