Make / eat something inspired by a book or film…
Unless we get an Indian summer, which I seriously doubt, they are probably not going to ripen. I expect my fella will make green tomato chutney but I might get in quick and make some fried green tomatoes as inspired by the beautiful film of the same name.
The film Fried Green Tomatoes is based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. It follows the friendship that develops between a middle-aged housewife and an elderly woman (played by Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy respectively). A parallel story tells of the friendship between two other women (Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mary-Louise Parker) set in the times of the great depression. Fannie modelled her book on the Irondale Café in Birmingham, Alabama, which her great-aunt ran for nearly 40 years. Current owner Jim Dolan says they cook about 135 pounds of fried green tomatoes a day. The book and film helped the dish’s popularity and apparently, visitors come from all over the country to sample this Southern specialty.
Serves 1 (selfish breakfast!)
- 4-5 small green tomatoes or 1-2 big ones
- 1 large tbsp. plain flour
- ½ teaspoon cajun seasoning or a small pinch of as many of the following that you have: salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme and chili pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp. soya milk
- 1 large tbsp. corn flour
- Oil for shallow frying
- Slice the tomatoes into ½ inch slices.
- Combine the flour, spices, herbs, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Pour the soya milk in another bowl.
- Place the corn flour in another bowl.
- Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan over a medium heat.
- Set up a little production line, dipping each tomato slice first in the flour mix, then the milk, then the corn flour.
- Fry until lightly browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve hot with toast and ketchup.