I woke up this morning with a weird craving for fried green tomatoes. When people think of fried green tomatoes they think of the fried green tomatoes from the southern United States. I grew up in southern Manitoba, the only similarity between the two is the word southern. The fried green tomatoes I grew up eating are not the southern United States version. They are kind of a fall treat for me, my wife hates them. They bring back childhood memories for me. I did ask when I was in the supermarket today if they had any, no luck there.
Thinking of them got me thinking about other childhood memory foods I made for myself. I don’t make them often but every so often I just have to have them. Toasted corned beef sandwich made with Hereford canned corned beef. It is not a very good thing, fatty and lacking in taste, but every couple of years I buy a can. I like putting grated cheddar cheese on a plate, putting it in the oven under the broiler and melting it until the edges get crispy. Steak and kidney pudding, which I wish I could make,I eat steak and kidney pie when we eat out. The memories eating these things bring are as important as the food. I feel we all have these foods, I know of some people who think those types of foods are something you think of but don’t eat. You need to eat them because the memories they bring back are the best things in life.
So, fried green tomatoes, unlike the USA version this is a very simple thing. I have had the breaded deep fried version, it is good and I like them, but not my memory version.
2 large green tomatoes 3/8 inch slices
2 tablespoons bacon fat
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat a frying pan on medium high heat with the bacon fat. When hot salt and pepper the tomato slices, add to frying pan, Fry for 3 minutes on each side.