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Tomatoes.

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Fresh from the garden.

In everything.

Well, nearly everything.

I use tomatoes a LOT. I find it difficult to make a meal without it. I use it in stews, soups, salads, and pasta dishes, of course. A bleak, grey stew looks horrible and unappetizing to me, so I always add some tomato paste or fresh tomatoes for a rich, dark colour and taste. I love growing tomatoes (as you can see in some of my previous posts), and those organic tomatoes fresh from my garden are just the best – they actually taste so much better that store bought ones! My SO eats tomatoes like other people eat apples – he loves them!

Vegetable soup I made last night, with freshly baked bread.

And my goodness, I have forgotten about toasties and hamburgers! What is better than a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich? To which you can add any number of extras – onions, pickles, ham, salami, herbs… Now my mouth is watering, and it is way too early for lunch, since I had a late breakfast! And a hamburger… I’ve heard of a strange sub species that does not like tomato on a hamburger. I have not encountered one of these weird beings yet, so I don’t believe they exist, because I can not imagine eating a juicy hamburger without a slice or three of the red fruit on it. (I’m assuming you all know by now that the tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable.)

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As far as their benefit to our health goes – they are of course very healthy! It contains vitamin C and potassium, amongst a few other vitamins and minerals, and the lycopene in tomatoes has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. So don’t hold back, eat your tomatoes, it will be to your benefit, and that of your family.

I am impatiently waiting for my plants to grow and start producing some tomatoes. I planted this second batch a bit late in the season, and I am holding thumbs that I’ll manage to get a harvest out of them before it gets too cold. And should I maybe get around to posting a few more recipes on my blog, you will notice that I use tomatoes regularly.

New tomato plants.

Are you a fan of tomatoes? Or are you one of the sub species? 😉

About zelmare

Hallo to you from the southern most part of the African continent - South Africa!! To put my life in a nutshell : I raised 3 absolutely fabulous kids (I'm sure you will hear a lot about them, since I am a very proud mama), I became a doting grandmother two years ago and recently bought a house in the Western Cape, and in doing so, realized a dream I've had for many, many years. I love traveling, which I don't do often enough. I love living a simple life - cooking, gardening, knitting and of course, blogging. There is still a lot I want to do and see in my lifetime, but time will tell how much of that I can actually accomplish. I am looking forward to meeting a lot of lovely new friends and interesting people here on WordPress! :)

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  1. Ahh I love tomatoes so much but I’ve grown allergic to nightshades so in order to eat them now I have to avoid them or risk a reaction. Luckily I have medicine that works really well for small amounts of trigger foods if I decide to indulge a bit. I used to eat them like apples, too! 🙂

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  2. I’m glad you can still enjoy them! It would be sad not to be able to eat something you really love. Thanks for taking the time to comment! 🙂

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  3. I’m your tomato twin.😂 I cook with them most of the time too. I’m so envious of your outdoor plants. We grew cherry tomatoes in the conservatory but I’d like to grow a bigger quantity outside. Fingers crossed we get a polytunnel soon so we’ll have enough heat for them. Btw your soup and bread look delicious!

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    • Yay! 😁 We really are so lucky. I do complain about the heat often, but our weather is ideal for growing our own vegetables, although on the other end of the scale we have to put up shade nets to shield our plants from too much sun! Thank you, it came out well.😋

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  4. Love the look of your vegetable soup. Now I’m thinking Minestrone for supper later. We are having a very grey day in Joburg today, with a smattering of nice rain just to add spice. Soupy weather 🙂

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  5. That vegetable soup looks amazing!!! I like tomatoes, but they always seem to go bad when I buy a bunch!! So I guess, we like them, just not love them?? Haha!!

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