RDP Saturday: Looking Within


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?”

“How much?”

“Four toilet rolls”

I am sure that would be a success.


RDP Saturday: Looking Within

10 thoughts on “RDP Saturday: Looking Within

  1. My Italian grandmother always cooked her tomato sauce (we called it ‘gravy’) for hours on end. My mother always lamented that hers was never quite as good. No canned tomatoes there–homemade all the way! You are right, tinned tomatoes are one of those premium ingredients that, along with TP, have disappeared from the shelves.

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    • I used to grow the long tomatoes in the garden. They are the best for the salsa. We have a lot of Italians in Switzerland, now in the third generation. They were our imported work force for many years and they really cook well. I have no idea how it happened, but all the tinned tomatoes have disappeared from the store.


  2. 😉
    great reaction – I made the same observation. No toilet paper ANYWHERE since the beginning of the week. No kitchen paper either. No pastry, neither mille-feuille nor any other kind, no pasta, no pomodori salsa either, but also no straws (I always came too late) and a few other items I would have liked to have. Bought a ‘bag’ of liquid soap, rather to have one in stock than because I needed it right away, but my favourite ones were from France and England anyway – so I wasn’t bothered that only the ‘budget one’ was still available….. And I love pasta with home-made sauce.

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    • Although our local Migros is quite well stocked. I was never a person for buying in advance, but now am slowly getting stocks of stuff. You never know if you cannot get to the stores. I now have food until Wednesday. I really have to think differently when shopping

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  3. Describing the hell of her job as a supermarket checker these days, the checker at my local grocery said people are so nasty and vulgar these days that she is so stressed at work she goes home after her shift and cries!

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    • I can imagine how it must be in those places where people are confusing famine with corona virus. There is plenty of food and no need to hoard it, but some people will never learn. Our cash till ladies are angels. They now have gloves for protection and they are as helpful as always. People here have also calmed down and everything is quite friendly.


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