One of our lecturers in the college brought a timer to the class one day. We were all surprised, yet, what followed was not a test or quiz of any kind but a story about managing time technique called pomodoro, the Italian word for tomato. In the eighties an Italian student called Francesco came up with the idea of timing his tasks to get better results. He set his tomato-shaped timer to exactly 25 minutes, the time needed to accomplish a certain task, or, for longer projects, a certain stage or goal. Once the clock is ticking you entirely concentrate on the task, no distractions, no excuses, just full attention. If you get distracted, you need to start again and set your timer to another 25 minutes. Obviously, some tasks require far more time, so then you try to break them into little pomodoro sessions. Once the 25 minutes is up you take a short break and might start again. You can learn more about pomodoro technique here. It’s simple. And it’s only 25 minutes. Yet, it can help with any task, not necessary academic assignments or work projects but with household chores, daily workout and, well, blogging. In fact I used a pomodoro to write this very post.
Speaking of tomatoes, one of my favourite are the sun-blushed home-made cherry tomatoes. Quick and easy to make, full of sweet flavour, they are great with salads, on pizzas and will enrich any tomato soup. Not to mention, it’s a brilliant way to use any tomatoes that start to wrinkle. By the way, one of the things I learnt about tomatoes – they need room temperature so if you want to preserve the taste never put them in a fridge.
30 cherry or baby plum tomatoes
chunky or flaky sea salt
thyme or rosemary (optional)
Preheat you oven to 130°C (gas mark 2). Cut the tomatoes in half and arrange on the baking tray. Rub them with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Make sure all tomatoes are placed skin down on the tray and the cut side is on the top. Add a few twigs of thyme or rosemary if using. Place in the middle shelf of the oven for at least 4 pomodoros (1 hour 40 minutes up to 2 hours).
You want the tomatoes caramelized but not entirely dried. Enjoy with your salad, pizza or tomato soup.