Coconut was in my mind when I promised Indira that I would try to take charge of JFI if someone decided to withdraw from the hosting responsibilities. But Ashwini did a wonderful job with coconut, and I was thrilled to see my dream coming true on her blog(without any efforts from me!). Before I get a chance to think about another ingredient, Indira informed me that the prospective host of April is withdrawing due to some inconvenience. So, here I go with my next favorite choice. Come on friends, let's celebrate Tomatoes!
I love the versatility of tomatoes. It has a substantial place in all cuisines. You can cook them, bake them, grill them, pickle them, stuff them, or even eat them raw! With its color, flavor and texture, the addition of tomatoes brightens up any dish. It is easy to grow them too, and hence popular among home gardens.
"Botanically a fruit, the tomato is nutritionally categorized as a vegetable. Since "vegetable" is not a botanical term, there is no contradiction in a plant part being a fruit botanically while still being considered a vegetable.", says Wiki.
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant which may help to lower the risk of some types of cancer. Lycopene has many other health benefits as well.
To participate in Jihva for Tomatoes,
- Prepare a recipe that has tomatoes as one of the main ingredients. You are free to use any type of tomatoes, green tomatoes, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, dried tomatoes, canned tomatoes, or even tomato paste.
- Post the recipe on your blog on April 1st.
- Send me via email (rpsworkshop(at)gmail(dot)com) - the link to your post and a photo of the entry, preferably 75 × 75pixel size. Please include the title of your post and your blog name in the email.
- Nostalgic tales, paintings, and drawings, anything related to tomatoes is welcome from interested general (non-food) bloggers.
I will do a round-up of all your entries by the end of April first week.
Don’t have a blog? You can participate too. Please send me the photo of your dish along with the recipe. I’ll publish it right here on my blog with all the credits to you, and also include it in the round-up.
So my dear friends, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say unto you in the words of.... ummm......Mark Dacascos’ uncle! :)