During my first pregnancy back in 2001 my craving by choice was tomatoes. I absolutely loved them and I still very much do. We also have them a lot in Portugal with many of our meals and eating out will often involve tomatoes, so like with garlic if you live in Portugal you are doomed if you don’t like them!
Take our favourite chicken BBQ place that we visit whenever we can. They serve the tastiest Piri Piri Barbecued Chicken with chips and salad. Now I have never been one to get excited over a salad but it is so delicious that we always end up going back for seconds!
It involves lettuce, tomatoes, white onions and a lovely salad dressing made with extra virgin olive oil. But what always amazes me is how amazing the tomatoes taste. I actually have it on good authority that they grow their own and they certainly taste like they have just come straight off the vine.
Dominic & I will often then end up arguing over whom gets the last slice of tomato – yet in the old days you would end up arguing over the last chip – its amazing how we have changed!
At home we will often have some sliced tomatoes with a little vingerette on top.
We can’t believe that something that tastes so good is so good for you from a health point of view:
These are just a handful of the benefits and there are of course plenty more but it makes you want to reach for the tomatoes even more. And it was our love for tomatoes that led to us write our tomato sauce cookbook.
The thing about tomatoes is that they tend to go with most things and if you hate salad why not just have some tomatoes on the side instead?
If you do want something to pick at on a Friday evening while you watch a film why not make it a bowl of sliced tomatoes rather than a packet of crisps or popcorn?
Either way, no matter what time of year it is tomatoes are always on the menu!