Friday, January 25, 2013
We don't know what has gone wrong this year. Bad seeds? Disease in the soil? Disease in the potting mix? Not enough water? It's a mystery.
But you know, even if the harvests have been meager, they've been worth it. Here are a few favourite ways that we've been eating them:
Homemade cherry tomato pizza
Top homemade pizza dough (I use Jamie Olivers recipe) with halved cherry tomatoes, ricotta and basil. Grate over some parmesan, drizzle over some olive oil and season well. Bake in a preheated hot oven (250C) for 15-20 mins.
Simple tomato sauce for pasta
Tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and basil, cooked briefly and stirred through spaghetti or penne. Add a few chili flakes if you like.
Score a square of puff pastry round the edge with a knife and prick all over with a fork.
Smear with some basil (homemade is best), and top with thick slices of tomato or halved cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 15 mins @ 220C until the pastry is puffed up and golden.
Make a mixture of 2 cups breadcrumbs, a finely chopped onion, chopped basil, 1/4 cup parmesan and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
Put a layer of the breadcrumbs on the bottom of an oiled gratin dish then layer with sliced tomatoes, adding some olive oil between layers. Finish with a layer of breadcrumbs, top with some thin slices of butter and bake for 30 mins @ 200C until golden.
How are your tomatoes going this year? Have you got any favourite recipes?