Where did the American pronunciation tomayto come from? Old English? You say tomayto and I'll say tomato.
Tomatoes are a fruit, and as such, I have been taking about five cherry tomatoes to work each day for a couple of months as a snack, now that plums are just out of season. We buy them from the el cheapo Asian fruit and veg shop in Prahran and we go through two punnets a week, but they are very small tomatoes. I am careful when I select them. I turn the punnet around and around to ascertain that none are at rotting stage. You have to do this when you buy fruit and vegetables that supermarkets and sorters have rejected.
It was my idea last week to go to South Melbourne to do the weekly shopping before I went to work last Sunday. We had a fantastic brunch, a breakfast bruschetta full of egg and chorizo at a Spanish place that has won the best paella award outside of Spain. We were there before paella cooking was underway, with the hotplates focused on baked eggs in a tomato sauce.
So we shopped in Woolworths in South Melbourne. It was ok, a nice big supermarket, but we prefer our Prahran one, we have decided.
We bought two punnets of cherry tomatoes. I took five of them to work on Sunday and et them. Monday, I took another five and realised that Sunday was not an aberration and that they were terrible. They were quite big for cherry tomatoes and had skins so thick and tough, with very little tomato taste. They were a disgrace.
It is not often I stand up about things, but I have about tomatoes. If I am present when R shops, he dares not to buy tomatoes. I select the tomatoes and I have never found that a supermarket ever sells good tomatoes. For all R's cooking skills, I am much better at fresh vegetable and fruit shopping. I sniff, look and squeeze.
Boringly repetitive but Adelaide has better fruit and vegetables than us, yet at times our tomatoes come from South Australia??? But nowhere in Australia is even in the running compared to the quality of fruit, vegetables and berries in Europe, yes seasonal, but isn't that how it should be?
Merging two blog post thoughts, Lee recently mentioned that she had no desire and never has to travel overseas. I don't think Margaret has either. Maybe most of you Australians are the same. Pushed by R, we now do big holidays overseas. While I want to save money for my old age, R is determined to spend his money so there is no money left for anyone to inherit. I hope his timing is good, and mine too, really.
I suppose I am an experienced overseas traveller. Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan. Then Hungary, France, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Germany. Canada and the US. New Zealand.
I have learnt little about the world though by travelling (which probably contradicts something else I have written) I have learnt that the best coffee and fish and chips are in Melbourne, my home town. Forget English fish and chips. We do fish and chips better and our coffee is great, and cheap at $3.50 per serve.
You can get the best ever strudel in Vienna. Do ask for the vanilla sauce to top it. Sorry, how many euros did that cost? Who cares. We are on holidays. I think it was Nuremberg where our travelling companion found the best and sweetest tomatoes I have ever tasted. We had a delicious mix of nuts in Cologne.
I think you can find really good and fresh produce in Australia if you are prepared to pay a bob or two but they are not available at your local Coles or Woolworths.
Speaking of which, the oldest supermarket worker in the world has turned 85. Brenda at Coles in Malvern has turned 85. River, you could have done another 25 years as a checkout chick and receive national media attention. I have observed that Brenda rather likes to go in the afternoon to the the casino to play the pokies. Her money, why not.
Summary, I have seen and experienced some truly wonderful things when I have travelled, but I don't think I am any better educated or smarter for having travelled. Ah, aside from the fact that we get crap fruit and vegetables. Even New York's are better.
What I have learnt about the world from blogs is immeasurable.