The kindness of strangers

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So as it turns out, Government workers just might not all be bitter, jaded and grey cardigan-ed. As it turns out, one of them might just be one of the nicest people we’ve come across in some time. One day earlier this week, Chadwiko came home with a giant tub of fresh, delicious-looking cherry tomatoes. He explained that a man he worked with had picked them from his own garden for us after hearing how much we like to cook. After having dinner that night with some friends who had also worked with him, we collectively decided that this man might just be Mother Teresa reincarnate, in some kind of weird, non-linear, possibly-time-travelling way.

I decided to say thanks by using some of our tomato haul to make him something I’ve been meaning to try for a while- the tomato rosemary scones from Vegan Brunch.

Tomato and rosemary scones

I pureed some of the cherry tomatoes and combined them with a pre-made passata to substitute for the American-style tomato sauce that the recipe calls for, and it worked with great success. Since our vegetable benefactor is gluten intolerant, I also made these gluten free. They were a little crumblier than I’d expected, maybe due to the changes I made to the flour and baking powder. But they were still great, especially warm with some vegan margarine.

The rest of the tomatoes have been keeping us very well fed, having used the rest for dinner and today’s breakfast.

Roasted cherry tomato fettucine

This was a very basic, thrown-together meal. Cherry tomatoes, red onion and garlic were roasted with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then tossed through fettucine. A simple, quick weeknight dinner made better by using the freshest ingredients.

Breakfast of champions

The leftover tomatoes (and some green capsicum) found their way into the basic tofu scramble from Vegan Brunch. Alongside fried tomatoes and mushrooms, fresh avocado, hash browns (the recipe from American Vegan Kitchen, just shaped differently) and our favourite pre-made vegan product- Eatwell tomato, onion and basil sausages- this was definitely the best way to start our day. Chadwiko declared the scramble to be the best he’s ever had, having taken over the previous champion from Asylum in Washington DC. I think that the delicious cherry tomatoes had a lot to do with it.

So to our new vegetable donor and friend of the Wikos, our stomachs say thank you!

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  1. Great photos and delicious food as always! I just wanted to write a comment to commend your blog. I look forward to your new posts and have been following from the (sweet and adorable) beginning.


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