A Nifty Little Gadget
For Coring Tomaaaahtoes
When Julie visited the Bay Area from New York recently, and we had a food blogger get-together dinner in her honour, she came bearing gifts for us all. At every place setting Julie had kindly left one of these little gadgets decorated with a ribbon. I didn't have a clue what it was.
When I found out it was a tomato corer, I put it into action as soon as I could. What a great tool! Who would have known? It's so small and unassuming. Why on earth have I spent 20 odd years cutting around the tomato core inefficiently with a knife? Duh! When I noticed Posie was hosting a favourite kitchen gadgets event today over at her place, I knew I had to rush this post out and spread the tomato corer word.
Have you ever been to someone's house for dinner, only to find they are preparing you something you think that you don't like to eat? This happened to me last year in France when I was asked to help make the appetizer, a raw mushroom and tomato salad. I love mushrooms, except raw, and the combination didn't sound potentially good to me. Later I ended up eating my words as well as my salad, when the results were much better than expected. Delicious in fact. The trick is to marinate the mushrooms for at least half an hour in your favourite vinaigrette. In this household we favour a very spicy, mustardy dressing, strong on the vinegar. The mushrooms loose their raw texture after taking on the marinade. Serve with tomatoes and top with snipped chives.
PS For more great kitchen gadget ideas check Utensibility and Posies Place.