I never liked tomatoes. Something about the sound they made against my teeth. But she loved them. She ate them like apples. One or two a day. She would grab a huge, firm tomato the size of her palm and stab into it with her teeth, seeds and juice spilling down her chin. She would let it drip. She never cared. I stared at her from across the room, eyes wide, lips slightly parted. I couldn't decipher if I was disgusted or turned on. With every bite she took of the tomato I heard my stomach grumble a bit, telling me to stay away from this freak of nature. But then she would lick her lips and effortlessly laugh at something I didn't have eyes for. Then I was right back at it. I decided at that very moment. I had to get over my hatred of tomatoes. I had to do it for love.
Isn't it funny what love makes us do? Change our hair, our clothes, watch movies we hate in hopes we'll start to love them. Try to impress people to the point where we forget why we even want to impress them. Go skydiving, convince ourselves we love cats, become vegan. Forcing ourselves to try new things isn't a bad thing, and as long as you don't lose yourself or sacrifice too much it can teach you a lot about the world and yourself. But one of my favorite parts about compromising in relationships is the food - dating a picky eater can be a real deal breaker for me, but part of me gets excited about trying to open their taste buds up to all of the flavors we have at our finger tips. Watching them enjoy a brownie that secretly has almond flour, or gradually sneaking certain spices into dinner that they've mentioned they will "never" try. Okay, maybe I'm a little devious but I promise the majority of the time they love it. And if they don't we usually have a big fight where I have to admit I'm in the wrong. Ugh.
For the reluctant tomato haters: here is the most versatile tomato recipe you'll ever come across, Effie's tomato peach chutney. Toss it in your tacos, aside your eggs, submerge some blue corn tortilla chips in a heaping bowl, throw a handful on some thick cut sourdough, top a salad with a hefty spoonful, the options will go on forever. A little bit of spice, a little bit of sweetness, with that citrus lime bite at the end. If you don't like fresh tomatoes, you'll be diving in head first but this just may be the gateway chutney to make you never look back. Also it takes all of 5 minutes to make.
- First off, the measurements are up to you. It's pretty much equal parts other than the tomatoes and peaches.
- Heat a pan to medium and add a touch of oil with the chopped peaches. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime chop everything up super fine and toss in a large bowl.
- Let the peaches cool for a bit, then add to the bowl with everything. Toss with lime juice, olive oil and seasonings.
- Let sit for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
what you need ~
- assorted tomatoes, two pints of cherry or maybe 4 heirloom
- 1 red onion
- 1 green pepper
- 1 jalapeño
- a couple peaches (you can substitute any fruit to your liking e.g. pineapple, mango etc)
- 2 cloves garlic
- a couple sprigs cilantro
- big handful spinach
- avocado (optional, only use if you're planning on eating by the next day)
- lime juice
- olive oil
- salt & pepper