My most exclusive possession at the moment: a tin of cooked tomatoes, the last perhaps in the country. It all began with the great panic buying rush. We were being attacked by an invisible enemy, and as in war times people got anxious. I walked through the aisles of the supermarket for a tin of tomatoes, perhaps two. It is always handy to have an extra tin. I reached the shelf and what did I see: yawing blank, although there were 4 half sized tins left. I took two and the lady next to me took the other two. We did not argue, but I noticed our hands were shaking as we removed the tins. Since that day, at the beginning of the week, there are no more tins of tomatoes. Suspicions fall on our Italian based population that need these as a component to pasta. Of course, you can make a pasta sauce with cream. It is very tasty and I even prefer it, but ……. No genuine person of Italian origin would have no tinned tomatoes at home. Luckily many make their own pomodori (as they are known) from their garden grown tomatoes, cooking and sterilising them for their use.
For the simple people like myself, we have a stock of tinned tomatoes in the cupboard and now I have none. The stores have been plundered. I even made investigations in Internet studying the local shops. In two I discovered that had 1-2 tins but there was the remark “precare”, meaning first come first served.
What can you do in these hard times. I now have many tomatoes in my fridge and if necessary will peel them and cook them myself when making spaghetti. If it is a success I might even try to sell them on the black market.
“Hey, wanna tin of pomodori?”
“Four toilet rolls”
I am sure that would be a success.