Before I continue with today's post, I just wanted to say Thanks to the Times for choosing my food blog as one of the Top 50 in the world! It came as a big surprise when I woke up yesterday morning (I always seem to be asleep during these things!). Thank you to everyone who emailed and "tweetered" me and sent words of congratulations! I feel really honored especially considering who I was placed with!
I was visiting family in Melbourne last week and have been really busy. So this is probably another mish mash of a post. I know I always seem to be obsessed with tomatoes but I can't help it. Especially during the summer months. They're ripe, sweet and bursting with color. Remember my brother who had the earth oven? When I stayed with him for a few days I got to peek in his very bountiful garden. Man how I envy people who can just walk into their backyards and pick fresh fruit and veg from their gardens! I sampled all his tomato varieties. We had them in a fresh sauce over pasta, in salads and even some of his home made ketchup! Delicious!
When I got back to Sydney I still had tomatoes on the brain! The next day I went shopping and I noticed a very unusual type of tomato at the supermarket. It was called a "Kumato"...it was dark, mysterious and quite sexy! I had to get them! I was curious about their taste and the best way to use them.
I googled them to find out some information and I got a few conflicting reports. One article says they originated in the Galapagos islands and were brought to Australia in 2005. Another says it was a cross breed engineered by a Belgian botanist! If anyone has any helpful info please help me out. The kumato skins are a little thicker than regular tomatoes and I must admit their aroma is a lot stronger too. They're also a little sweeter. Other than that they taste just like a tomato. So, you say tomato I say kumato!...ok enough with the puns!
For some reason I had fried green tomatoes in my head. In the end that's what I did. I fried them and enjoyed them for breakfast. I sliced them thickly, dipped them in some beaten egg followed by some wholemeal bread crumbs. I added an egg on the side and breakfast was served. Ok...that's enough with the tomatoes for now!