Friday, September 11, 2009

What will I be?

I started out with such great hopes. Maybe I would end up on a BLT. Or, maybe, just by chance, a Green Giant truck would break down near the driveway and discover me. I would have my name in lights. Well, not lights, but definitely my image on a can. Or, maybe a photo shoot for Southern Living featuring little 'ole me. I could have been in a 'challenge' on Iron Chef. I never thought I'd still be stuck here after all this time.
Everyone, absolutely everyone, got picked but me. Even the ones with spots! Even the ones that some critter took a bite out of. Am I not still pretty? Am I not still ripe? Yet, here I hang, not enough for a sauce and too late for a salad.
Once, long ago, my kind were feared and thought poisonous. Then there was the whole identity crisis of whether I was a vegetable or a fruit. Now days everyone is going after the rare heirlooms or expensive vine-ripened ones. Just give me a chance. I taste just as good! Just because I was left behind doesn't mean I'm bad. Do you see even one spot? Do you....hey...wait a minute, I think I hear something. she comes....and with a pot..maybe..maybe....yes! Finally, my turn! I wonder.....what will I be?
For my friend, Susan, here's a vintage recipe that you can make with one lone tomato...
Tomato Broil
Mix and set aside:
1 tablespoon fine cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Rinse, cut away stem ends from and cut into halves crosswise 1 tomato. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with the crumb mixture. Place on a broiler rack. Set temperature control of rate at Broil. Place broiler rack under broiler with top of tomato about 3 inches from source of heat. Broil 10 minutes or until crumbs are lightly browned.


Sunflower Sue said...

Love your story. The recipe sounds good too. I'll have to let you know after I try it.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Poor little sad tomato, Marge. Almost made me cry!!!!! ha ha ha...

Love your post... We had one long-lost tomato on one of our vines AFTER everything else died also. Ours must have been very sad too...