While the cost of fresh fruit and veg has gone up, I think the quality has come down. I'm fed up buying stuff that has very little flavour. On principle I refuse to buy fruit out of season. Strawberries in December? Come on!! Not only do they cost a small fortune and have been flown in from goodness knows where, they don't even taste like strawberries.
So on seeing British tomatoes in Sainsbury's I treated myself to some Taste the Difference ones on the vine (ie more expensive) and looked forward to having them. But I was disappointed. They were pretty tasteless. Both varieties! I briefly considered returning to the store to complain but a round trip of 30 miles just to return some tomatoes seemed daft and I wasn't due to be back in town for several days.
So not wanting to waste them I sliced the big ones in half sprinkled a little sea salt on them and roasted them in the oven. Flavour instantly improved.
I served the little ones with some pea, prawn and basil risotto (all ingredients from my freezer) and had a bistro worthy meal. The large ones were doused in a little balsamic vinegar and used in a salad the next day. And very nice they were too!
Problem is I want to eat fresh tomatoes and I want ones that are grown in proper soil outside. Not kept in a greenhouse and grown hydroponically. And I'd be happy to pay a bit more for them and peppers, cucumbers, apples etc if they tasted real.
Now, I have 5 tasteless apples in my fruit bowl. What can I do with them I wonder?