“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A word about tomatoes
Sunday, October 26, 2008

How many times have you read a recipe that told you to skin and seed the tomatoes before putting them into a stew or soup?

Oh, it's sooo simple, Ms. Cookbook Writer explains. Just drop the tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds, then remove them and let them cool. Then peel off the burned epidermis. Then cut the tomatoes. Then push the rows of seeds out with your thumbs or the blunt end of a knife. Meanwhile, as you're engrossed in this task, seven years pass, and your kids graduate from high school, and when you finally finish you look up and say, "Hey, where'd everybody go?"



Here's another option, compliments of Man of the House: Cut the tomatoes into pieces and throw them into the pot, skin and seeds and all. Sue me if something horrible happens.


2 Comments:

Blogger Kathy Grey said...

I totally agree with you. The more whole the food, the better. For healthy people, this is the healthiest choice. The skin and seeds from the tomato add fiber and who doesn't need more fiber?

Glad I asked. Consider if your guests might have "gut" disorders like IBS or celiac disease. Then, the seeds and skins are like razor blades in the gut and must be avoided.

These poor people have to eat (I hate to say it) CANNNED peas and whatnot because they contain virtually nothing. No nutrition, no dense fiber, virtually no vitamins... All the things we know are good for us.

Just a P.S. to the seeding/skinning tomatoes thing.

(And I'm really glad my gut's relatively sound!)

October 26, 2008 at 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy:
Be glad your gut is relatively sound considering Ad's disclosure about shrimp last month....

(Also: The next time that recipe says to de-vein the shrimp ... DO IT! I didn't for years. I thought, "Oh, hell, what's a vein? I eat veins in my chicken and cartilage in my steak. I eat chicken embryos, for God's sake." WHAT YOUR FISHMONGER DIDN'T TELL YOU IS THAT THE VEIN IS ACTUALLY THE SHRIMP'S POOP SHOOT! Yes, that is correct, that black, sandy stuff is the residue of that little shrimp's final meal.

Your observant servant in the kitchen,
Ad

.........it's probably wise to ask a lot of questions before eating at his house. The food may taste scrumptious but - gulp - I ate shrimp there before he discovered what that black vein was all about. Just FYI.

October 29, 2008 at 5:59 PM  

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