Fried Green Tomatoes
Serves 4 as a side dish
Ingredients: 2 large green
4oz/125g strong white flour
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 lb/250g streaky bacon oil for frying
Preparation: Fry, drain and crumble bacon. Slice tomatoes thickly. Combine flour and seasonings. Roll tomato slices in seasoning and fry until golden brown. Sprinkle with bacon.
As a condiment, Mr Lane offers a recipe for 'cream gravy': melt 2tbs butter, add 2tbs flour and, stirring constantly, add 2tbs milk. When smooth, add about 1/2 pint of milk and cook gently, stirring, until thickened.
Mr Lane also gives an appealing Italian variation: add grated parmesan, polenta and chopped basil to the flour before coating the tomatoes, then fry in olive oil and finish with grated parmesan and fresh basil.
Next week: tomato chutney and more. New entries are welcome for our first autumn category: cooking with mushrooms. Send your entries (with source, if not original) to Emily Green, the Independent, 40 City Road, London EC1Y 2DB. The prize will be two bottles of Shaw & Smith 1991 Sauvignon Blanc, grown in the Adelaide Hills of Australia, supplied by Winecellars, 153-155 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 (081-871 3979).