Summer conjures images of surf, sand and balmy nights with family and friends. For us, there is an additional image, the making of the tomato passata. When younger we dreaded the obligatory weekend spent in the garage making what seemed like thousands of bottles of tomato passata.
Now, we appreciate this food ritual and look forward to it. It provides an essential ingredient we simply refuse to live without.
When we embarked on our Mangia! Mangia! mission to rescue this tradition we realized there was more to it than making great tasting sauce. The experience is a lot of fun and memorable for all the right reasons.
The children stop playing computer games and get involved, the garage is abuzz with lighthearted family banter.
For a brief moment in our otherwise disparate lives we are together, contributing to something enduring.