Tomatoes: Homegrown vs. Store-bought

There’s always that old adage that reads, homegrown is better than shop bought. So for a bit of fun, I thought I’d do a taste test between homegrown cherry and plum tomatoes versus shop bought cherry and plum tomatoes, and see how they compare in real time.

For this I brought in the camera lady, because I’m clearly over biased towards my very own homegrown produce.

The plum tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are of no particular variety – when I purchased the seeds, I literally went into Wilkinsons and picked up a packet of each. I wasn’t too focused on variety this year because it’s been a good couple of years since I’ve grown produce properly.

So how do the two compare?


  • The cherry tomatoes have a nice full smell, and it really stands out.
  • These tomatoes look a bit more pale in comparison.
  • The cherry tomatoes are rich, have flavoursome taste and they taste like cherry tomatoes.
  • The plum tomatoes taste ripe, the flesh is full and if feels like there’s a lot there.
  • The smell and taste go together with this set of tomatoes, even if they don’t look as nice or as perfect as the shop bought tomatoes.


  • Not that much of a smell in comparison. There’s no tomato smell that you would normally have.
  • These look more appealing, the colour is fully and more red.
  • The cherry tomatoes are sweet, but they’re a little bit on the watery side.
  • The plum tomatoes don’t look as ripe, and they look watery, a bit more pale.
  • The plum tomatoes would need seasoning, like salt to make it taste like a tomato.

Of course, in this particular instance, there’s no comparison between the two – the homegrown tomatoes, although don’t look as appealing, triumph because of their superior flavour, texture and smell.

What varieties of tomatoes have you grown this year and what would you recommend over shop-bought tomatoes? I’d love to know in the comments below 🙂


Minted potato salad

Minted potato salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy potato salad recipe with only 4 ingredients

BBQ season is well and truly underway and this is the last potato salad recipe you’ll ever need…Probably…

This is a great way to use up tiny, marble like potatoes that you often find when you dig up potatoes – otherwise known as Fingerlings.

This really is one of those recipes that you adjust to suit your own tastes, so if you require more mint, simple add some more to the sauce, and likewise with the salad creme and mayonnaise.


Marrow Soup with spice

Marrow soup is one of the go to things that I put together when I have a glutton of marrows to get through. This soup is quick and easy to do. It’s good for lunches and it freezes – meaning you can tuck into at a later date, when life is busy and you don’t know what to cook.

Generally speaking, I feel soup is an under rated food stuff that we should all know how to make. They’re dead easy to do and you can adjust them to your own tastes – making them a truly bespoke dinner, lunch or starter.

Spicy Marrow Soup

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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A curried marrow soup recipe

A lovely winter warmer or a cool summer starter!


  1. 2kg marrows
  2. 2 carrots
  3. 2 onions
  4. chicken stock cubes
  5. 1 tsp mild curry
  6. 2l water


  1. Peel and wash the carrots and marrows making sure you top and tail the marrows.
  2. Roughly dice all the vegetables into managable chunks and put in a pot. Add the chicken cubes, curry and water.
  3. Put on cooker and leave it on a hight heat until it boils then simmer until all the vegetables are soft. This should take around half an hour or so
  4. Liquidize the soup in a liquidizer or hand blender, if you’ve been a little too generous with the curry powder, add some creme fraiche to tone it down.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Marrow Soup with spice

A top tip with this marrow soup is to get door stops of crusty white bread, smothered in butter to dip in. The simple foods are always the best and this soup leaves you feeling gloriously warm afterward.

A courgette or marrow is also good to throw into an ordinary vegetable soup as well.

Do you enjoy a marrow soup? If so, what flavours do you like to add to it? I’d love to know in the comments below.