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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.

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I love berries as much as the next person, but tomatoes are the real reason for the sunny season. These jewels of the vine have so much to give, and sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the potential deliciousness. To help get the most out of the season, here are some of the best ways to eat this delicious, sweet, and tangy fruit.