Eat my words: a great waft of summer

tomatoes

fresh from a tomato stall on the Isle of Wight

30th June 2011

The Times

We should all take advantage of the glut of tomatoes and, like farmers in Abruzzo, make passata

The English tomato season is at its height — and how wonderfully different they can be from the watery, ethylene-ripened balloons from Holland we were eating all spring. All this week we’ve snacked from a pile of gorgeous heritage varieties, “lost” tomatoes with storybook names — Tiger, Green Zebra, Marmonde, Coeur de Boeuf. They are scarlet, green, orange and a deep maroon ribbed with lime like some mad interior decorator’s fantasy.

These all came from the Tomato Stall, of the Isle of Wight, that will despatch a 5kg sample box overnight, and at a special price for Times readers — see below. The smells are rich when the tomatoes sit in the sun, a great waft of summer. The smaller tomatoes have sat in a bowl like cherries, glowing enticingly — the level goes down with each visitor.

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Eat My Words: Bring home the bacon

Bring home the best bacon

Thomas Firak Photography/Getty Images

3rd February, 2011

Two bacon rashers are in the frying pan — one sizzling excitedly in its own fat, the other heaving a little as it bleeds odd white clots. A couple of minutes later the first is nicely browning, ready to take centre stage beside the scrambled eggs and fried tomatoes. The second has shrunk to about half its original size and curled up. It goes in the dog’s bowl. The dog sniffs before she eventually chews it.

It’s a paradox: the great love the British have for bacon, set against how little we care about how it’s made. It is the most popular form of the most popular meat, pork, that we eat and yet we insist on paying virtually nothing for it: £4.30 a kilo, this week, for the basic stuff in Tesco and Asda. There are more expensive dog foods.

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