Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cook it- Roasted Tomato Sauce

We have had over 12 kilo's of tomatoes from our humble garden patch this season. It's been so exciting to take our little cane baskets (one each) out into the garden and collect the juicy red treasures from the vine. But there are only so many fresh tom's you can eat right?

This is what we do with the excess;











  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • I kilo of fresh tomatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


Arrange the tomato halves, tightly packed but not covering each other, in an ovenproof dish. Slice the garlic and place a piece on each tomato half. Drizzle olive oil over the dish evenly and season with salt and pepper. Roast in medium hot oven around 180 degrees until soft, pulpy and slightly charred. 


recipe from here


before we grew our own toms i used to buy bags when they were cheap and do the same thing, you know, just cus i thought Hugh would be proud of me.


p.s- it seems YOU my darling blogger friends have left me in the lurch regarding this little episode- I see but ONE link. Dudes, c'mon.  Also, I got some of these in the mail today- they are TOTAL perfection.
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16 comments:

  1. Hugh is a lot to answer for, ;)

    I haven't planted any tomatoes this year, and now reading this I am kicking myself for not bothering!

    Oh and here is a link to my accent vlog: http://www.mahlimoo.com/2012/02/accent-vlog.html

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  2. Yum. I'm so jealous of you and your self-sufficient vege garden. What's left of ours is currently buried under 20cm of snow. How do you like them, um, tomatoes?!

    What colour did you get??? xx

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  3. Yum!!!! This post so makes me feel like tomato sauce!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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  4. 12 kilos is a great deal of tomatoes!! Just looking at your gorgeous photos of the wine and sauce make me think of Italy! Love the gorgeous pic of your kids little legs on the stool too x

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  5. Isn't that funny, we picked two baskets of tommy toms yesterday evening. I made a batch of chutney with one load, and roasted the rest with basil, bay, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to go on pasta tonight. Like you say, only so many you can have over lunch. If you're still looking for ideas for your tomato glut, try this: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1336/tomato-and-caramelised-onion-tart-tatin. Truly amazing.

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  6. One word. Yum! Going to have to try this :)

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  7. Tomatoes are my absolute favorite. There's home video footage of me as a toddler eating them like apples while watching Disney movies-no joke. This recipe looks scrumptious, and how great that ouve been able to grow so many tomatoes this year!

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  8. What great pics- I love them. I cannot take food pics. Remind me what camera you use? Since my beloved Ricoh was dropped by No1 son I have only the iphone these days.... Jo x

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  9. I am very close to ordering a pair of the Jonah and the whale shoes...I am not on facebook and thus will not win a pair...are they very lovely?...nice and flexible?.....you know...before I shell out.......

    Tomatoes....I'm going to try this...especially given all the BPA problems in the canned varieties....

    Looks delicious!

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  10. Yum, yum, yum - tomatoes are my favourite food but I've never made my own tomato sauce. Thanks for the recipe and divine shots. I love the little legs!

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  11. we have been meaning to do this for donkeys years.

    Those legs on the stool - sigh. I think I want another set of little legs to squish! 4 are better than two. x

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  12. Beautiful photos of the tomatoes and barefeet! I ♥ your vlog...I may have to do one, too.

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  13. P.S. Do you know how to make a heart? Hold down the "fn" and the "alt" keys at the same time, then press "<" and then "3."

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  14. Hey! I'm getting behind on my blog reader, because I totally missed the accent vlog invitation. And I'm definitely going to do it! I did another vlog recently and had at least 3 people comment on my "accent" (Sorry, didn't know I had one??)... so I feel it's necessary! =) I'm from the Southern U.S., so you know it's bound to be fun. P.S., people in my hometown always ask where I'm from b/c I must not sound like I'm from "around here".

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  15. Our garden has done so well too. I must admit we're starting to look a little too much like tomatoes, but we've been making sauce, pasta sauce, chutney. Hubby just purchased one of those pressure cooker thingies which is awesome for mass production.

    Which is what I think we're doing these days.

    River Cottage, eat your heart out! xx

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  16. Arrange the tomato halves, tightly packed but not covering each other, in an ovenproof dish. Slice the garlic and place a piece on each tomato half. Drizzle olive oil over the dish evenly and season with salt and pepper. Roast in medium hot oven around 180 degrees until soft, pulpy and slightly charred.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em