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Using two lids to slice cherry tomatoes in half is a classic hack. The lips of the lids stabilise the tomatoes, letting you run your knife through the little guys with ease. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t need two lids. You never did. You just need a cutting board and your hand.

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Tomatoes are a fickle bunch. They all look so good, but even the cherry tomatoes — which I can usually count upon to be at least somewhat flavorful — can be dull and lacklustre from time to time.

Luckily, Nigella Lawson (who I have loved and cherished since I received a copy of “How to Be a Domestic Goddess” for Christmas as a teen), has a solution to this extremely vexing issue.

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As the temperature begins to finally cool down, the brief and glorious highlight of my year - tomato season - is not until spring later this year. Of course, that's still a long way off, but green tomato season can be anytime really.

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I have never understood the point of canned, chopped tomatoes. They rarely taste as good as their whole, peeled brethren, and they never break down fully while cooking, keeping their cube-like shape long after all other ingredients have turned to mush.

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Aussies are very good at breakfast and brunch, but a 'Full English' has no peer. Beyond fried bread — which is way better than toast — the incorporation of umami-rich mushrooms and sweet, incidentally good-for-you tomatoes make it a meal to be reckoned with. Here's how to make your own.

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With the exception of cherry tomatoes - which are good pretty much all year - I try to avoid buying tomatoes until at least mid-summer, as purchasing them outside their season usually leads to disappointment. But I'm not perfect, and the other day I slipped up and bought (quite) a few on the vine. They were, as one would expect, a little lacklustre in the flavour department.

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I remember the first time I bit into a cherry tomato. I was at a Sizzler. I was seven. A boy was present. I was talking a lot, as I am wont to do, when I casually popped the mini 'mato in my mouth. My teeth pierced the skin, it exploded with much force, and seeds and tomato gel sprayed forth. I was so embarrassed that I quit talking.

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One of my favourite snacks is tomato sandwiches - yes, just tomato - which is a deceptively simple and vastly underrated lunch. However, I can get a little overzealous, and end up with a few too many 'maters after a trip to the grocery store. Luckily, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats has a few ways to keep my favourite vegetable (or berry, if you insist) super fresh.

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San Marzano tomatoes have quite the reputation. They're said to be sweeter, pulpier and less acidic than other canned plum tomatoes, which is why so many people seek them out for their sauces. Unfortunately, most "San Marzano" tomatoes you'll find in grocery stores are frauds.