Fantastic Fridays: TOMATO Night!

For dinner tonight we have a tomato-themed combination that we hope you'll enjoy. It's finally Friday so treat yourself to more than one cocktail!

Dinner: Start with a refreshing Tomato Basil Salad and move on to a yummy Mediterranean Pasta Salad.

Drinks: Bloody Mary (spicy level up to you!)

Tomato Fun Facts:

  • The origin of the tomato has been linked to Peru and Ecuador.

  • During the sixteenth century, explorers brought tomatoes to Europe from the fruit's birthplace, the New World. These first tomatoes were yellow, awarding the Italian name, "pomodoro," meaning golden apple.

  • When they first appeared in English print in the early seventeenth century, tomatoes were referred to as "love apples."

  • The tomato is the world's most popular fruit. And yes, just like the brinjal and the pumpkin, botanically speaking it is a fruit, not a vegetable.

  • Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and fiber, and are cholesterol free. An average size tomato (148 gram, or 5 oz) boasts only 35 calories.

  • The scientific term for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which mean "wolf peach."

  • Wash your hair with them after swimming in a pool in order to remove the chlorine from your hair.

Looking for something else? Check out all our easy recipes! Have a good weekend!

We are happy to have Hanna Skeppner on board this semester as an intern for As a Swedish-American, she has many exciting ideas to add a new twist to our old faves. Hope you enjoy her recipes and tips!

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lindsay said...

i was a swimmer growing up so the tomato trick would have been very helpful! do the tomatoes (acid) happen to effect color treated hair???

Vicki said...

Funny you ask - I just read an article that says if you overprocess or bleach your hair and it gets a little bit green (which can totally happen with chlorine) then you can balance out the green with its complementary color, red, in the form of tomato juice or sauce.

Not that I was reading articles about dying my hair or anything. I'm totally a natural blonde :)

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