Eat my words: a great waft of summer

tomatoes

fresh from a tomato stall on the Isle of Wight

30th June 2011

The Times

We should all take advantage of the glut of tomatoes and, like farmers in Abruzzo, make passata

The English tomato season is at its height — and how wonderfully different they can be from the watery, ethylene-ripened balloons from Holland we were eating all spring. All this week we’ve snacked from a pile of gorgeous heritage varieties, “lost” tomatoes with storybook names — Tiger, Green Zebra, Marmonde, Coeur de Boeuf. They are scarlet, green, orange and a deep maroon ribbed with lime like some mad interior decorator’s fantasy.

These all came from the Tomato Stall, of the Isle of Wight, that will despatch a 5kg sample box overnight, and at a special price for Times readers — see below. The smells are rich when the tomatoes sit in the sun, a great waft of summer. The smaller tomatoes have sat in a bowl like cherries, glowing enticingly — the level goes down with each visitor.

Read the rest via Times Online

Giorgio Locatelli’s catch of the day

20th June 2010, The Observer

From working on a Cornish trawler to cooking a memorable meal on the quayside at Looe, Giorgio Locatelli follows his fish from the net to the plate.

We are rescuing fish. Giorgio Locatelli, his head chef Federico Sali and I are at the back of the trawler, elbow-deep in slime and scales, picking among the discards from the just-hauled net. We work fast: fish are dying here! A cascade of the unsellable and undersized – dogfish, baby sole and plaice, shad and whiting – is flying off the back of the boat into the water. Things the Italians can see good uses for – a lone scallop, a few ink-stained cuttlefish, a big red crab – go in a fish box. “We could have a fantastic meal with this lot right now,” says Giorgio. “If only we’d brought a pan.”

Read on at the Guardian website