Sharing the delicious

Organic heirloom tomatoes, grown by a friend. The last we’ll see for a little while. Image: Su Leslie 2020


Day 1 (of the Aotearoa New Zealand Covid 19 lockdown)

I’ve baked bread, made herb salt (photos to come), watched seeds grow (truly — spinach germinates really quickly), and contemplated a bowl of tomatoes. Organically- grown heirloom varieties, they are the most delicious tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.

A simple salad; rocket, cucumber, red onion and a perfect tomato with homemade sourdough focaccia. Image: Su Leslie 2020


I’ve been quite happy to potter round home today; I have plenty to do, enough food and I am well. But however agreeable my “bubble”, I can’t ignore the fact that isolation for so many people isn’t an easy and comfortable experience.

I’m aware of small things I can do now, but the real work will come later when we have the chance to re-imagine as well as rebuild our businesses and communities, and indeed our society.

Because everyone deserves a bowl of the most delicious tomatoes they’ve ever tasted.

Luscious #2

Halved tomatoes, green chilli and garlic, salt and olive oil, ready for slow-roasting. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Vine to roasting dish; five minutes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

At the moment we’re harvesting too many tomatoes to eat fresh, so I decided to slow-roast some with green chillis (also from the garden) and garlic (bought, but grown locally).

Slow-roasted tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Slow-roasted tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

The result was delicious with zucchini noodles and a few toasted pinenuts. I would have taken a photo of the finished dish, but I really was hungry.