It’s a rainy afternoon from where I’m writing. It’s only eight degrees outside but I’m determined to think of summer. What better lunch, then, than a tomato salad?
Here is my tomato. It’s had a hard life being imported from somewhere into my refrigerator, but I’m not a snob when it comes to aesthetics. Of course, this would be a different post altogether if I had my mother’s multicoloured heritage tomatoes at hand. But we make do with what we can.
Let me take this opportunity to introduce to you a tiny piece of steel that makes eating tomatoes so much easier: the tomato huller.
Rather than simply slicing off the top of the tomato and discarding it, or using a knife to cut into the top and leaving a tomato slice that looks like a victim of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this little tool quickly and neatly removes the tough bits of tomato attaching the stem to the flesh without wasting all that tomato-y goodness.
Makes it easy to slice up your tomato, lay it, salted and peppered, on a plate with some fresh basil leaves, and drizzle it with a smidgen of vintage balsamic vinegar (because we all know how much I love vinegar).