Why all the tomato hating?
It's puzzled me for years how anyone could dislike tomatoes. They're sweet, sometimes savory, and compliment an endless variety of dishes. I figured it was a texture issue for most people. Too squishy, maybe?
I never judged, though, cause I have my own weird food no-nos. I steer clear of mushrooms because I hate their rubbery texture. Can't do it. Love their flavor, though, especially in sauces. Seems weird, right?
Someday I hope to incorporate mushrooms into my diet. I don't enjoy turning my nose up at mushroom laced recipes. If anything, being a picky eater is a nuisance. But, it's not unforeseeable that I may, in time, let curiosity lead me to noshing on a tasty mushroom or two.
After all, I'm obsessed with onions and blue cheese: two things that I loathed only six-ish years ago.
Keep an Open Taste Bud
And I've heard that your taste buds change every seven years. That might be an old wive's tale, but I choose to embrace it. Doing so forces me to try new things and give certain ingredients a new chance.
Speaking of new things, I recently tried Heirloom tomatoes for the first time. For years I snubbed them, assuming they were just expensive tomatoes catered to the hipster variety of foodies.
BOY WAS I WRONG! And what was my punishment for the reverse snobbery?
Years and years of missing out on tomato ecstasy. Cause that's the best way to describe it. An ineffable, world shaking, über conscious, soul wrenching bite of organic bliss.
Heirloom tomatoes are THE HOLY GRAIL of tomatoes.
My Theory For Why Tomato Haters Still Exist
Who Cares What They Look Like? Taste is All That Matters!
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|Black Cherry Tomatoes, Sunburst Cherry Tomatoes and Grape Tomatoes with Cottage Cheese, Pink Himalayan Salt & Cracked Pepper. Sliced Bradbury Heirloom Tomatoes included in recipe but added after picture was taken.|
Sweet, juicy sliced heirloom and cherry tomatoes paired with cottage cheese and liberally sprinkled with sea salt & pepper make a healthy, but flavorful side dish or appetizer.
Serves: 1 (you can obviously double, triple, quadruple it if you feel like sharing)
10+ cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half or left whole, if tiny
1/4 of an heirloom tomato, cut into chunks
1/2 cup of cottage cheese
Sea salt (fine grain), to taste
Cracked black pepper, to taste
Portion cottage cheese into a bowl or onto a small plate. Cut tomatoes, leaving a few small ones whole so they burst in your mouth when you eat them. Add tomatoes to the cottage cheese. You can stir them in or leave them on top. Sprinkle everything liberally with salt and pepper, to taste. Take a bite and savor it, my friend. Tastes like summertime.
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What's your favorite variety of heirloom tomato?