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Fried Green Tomatoes

Half-way through a portion of fried green tomatoes, as described in the post

Fried Green Tomatoes

One of the tomatoes I harvested this morning (my current tally is 75 fruit from our ‘Legend Bush’ plants) had dropped to the ground of its own accord and was only slightly tinged with orange and a bit mouldy on top so, rather than waste it entirely, I trimmed it down and cooked it up with another not-quite-ripe tomato that has been sitting on the windowsill for a few days.

First I warmed the pan and added a dash of olive oil along with crushed up salt, black pepper, cumin and cardomom seeds. I then pushed in the sliced tomatoes, spreading them out so all had direct contact with the base of the pan. After a few minutes of cooking and turning, I added a dash of black beer, a glug of hot water and then stirred before transferring to a slide of bread. I decided the dish needed a splash of colour so I grabbed a sorrel leaf from the garden, rolled and sliced it and gave that a few seconds frying in a dribble of oil before applying as a garnish.

Very satisfying, both as a breakfast and as a away to avoid wastage.

  • Jon Martin

    Wulf you seem like a horticulturist to me – how would you get rid of a day of the triffids sized manifestation of giant bindweed?

    • basswulf

      Over time. You need to not only remove the visible bits of the plant but also take out as much as possible of the roots. It is one of those plants that will grow from a relatively tiny fragment of root. Even if you spend hours and are very diligent, you will still have problems if the plant is endemic to your area and well-settled in your neighbours neglected plots.

      Don’t loose heart though. It might be hard to eradicate entirely (I count it as a blessing that bindweed doesn’t seem to have established itself in my current neighbourhood) but continued efforts will keep it down and weaken the plants, making it less able to complete with whatever you do want to grow.

      Finally, take care of how you dispose of it. Good approaches are drowning it in a bucket of water for a couple of months (the resulting smelly liquid can be watered down as plant food and the sludge can be composted) or burning (chuck the gathered material on the tail end of a BBQ at this time of year). Don’t add it to your compost directly though or leave it piled in a corner; either will strengthen rather than weaken it.

      Good luck