Italian not Italian
Whereas tomatoes are not native to Italy, sun dried tomatoes are. It is the oldest way of conserving this fruit. A quick dip in seawater and a week or so of sunbathing. As the matter of fact, that looks very close to an average beach vacation.
The hardest part is keeping animals of all kind away from the sliced tomatoes. It’s not only humans that revere them. Mosquito nets and scare crows do most of the work. A loud shouting granny does the rest.
How to sun dry?
Cut your tomato in half. Therefor, never use big tomatoes. Place them skin down on a
Toothsome triviality on tomatoes.
- The tomato is a fruit
- Tomatoes were first (widely) eaten in times of famine. Until then it was an ornamental plant. It would be like start eating grass today
- Tomato eating moved from the popular classes upward (from rags to riches)
- Initially tomatoes were prepared together with chili peppers, another item on the Spanish loot-list
- The riper the tomato, the tastier (increased level of glutamate)
What to do with sun dried tomatoes
As it often goes with classic dishes, the origins are vague. Where it really patriotic bricklayers starting the tradition. Eating the Italian flag for lunch. Toothsome..
Or could it be an homage to Filipppo Tommaso Marinetti? The artist who wrote the ‘Futuristic culinary Manifest’ in 1931. A man who loathed pasta and carbs.
Whatever the origin, this is a complete dish, with or without bread. Don’t tell Marinetti, but mopping the mixed juice with fresh bread…
Beware beware beware
Try not to overdress your tomato salad. Very often, when it comes to food and dressing, less is more. Bottled dressing covers more than adding taste.
Then there is the health factor. These toothsome dressings are high in sodium and sugar. And often contain saturated fat. Just enough to annihilate the benefits of raw veggies.
And if you cannot resist, make your own dressing. Nasty but better than the store -bought version.