Recipes

Tomato Passata

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Capture the essence of summer ripened tomatoes in this traditional Italian passata recipe. Just three ingredients, tomatoes, basil and salt and three simple steps, pulp, bottle and preserve. Then into the pantry for storage until needed. Its simplicity, intensity and vibrancy stand proud in the pantry.  Waiting for its  central role in many of Italy’s favourite dishes that are so revered.    Read More . . .

 

Green Tomato Chutney

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Capture the fresh lively flavour of green tomatoes and apples in this traditional English style chutney. The aromatic flavours of good curry powder and turmeric adds a touch of the orient, arousing the senses with a twist of the lid. For home gardeners, there’s always a kilo or two of green tomatoes left on the vine when it’s time to pull-up the plants in preparation for the autumn planting. Those precious few kilos produce an artisanal batch that will be on everyone’s wish list. The intoxicating aroma of the orient will permeate the kitchen as it cooks and seduce all with its charismatic fragrance.   Read More . . .

 

Tomato Chutney

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Preserve the abundant tomato harvest with this classic tomato chutney. Its long slow simmering produces an intense tomato flavour that epitomizes summer and the mustard and curry powders contribute to its unique flavour. Special thanks to my mother-in-law for sharing her prized family recipe. Thick and chunky, its versatility is outstanding. It enlivens and enhances hot and cold meats, is indispensable at BBQ’s and can transform the humble sandwich. Enjoy each loving and addictive spoonful.  

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Apricot Jam

Monday, February 15, 2016

Apricots, the queen of stone fruits with their intense, tangy yet contrastingly sweet luscious flavour, make a truly magnificent jam. There is excitement in our household as the apricot season approaches. Born out of the cold of winter, early spring buds, coaxed by the warmth of the changing season, produce delicate  blossoms which are magically transformed  into “golden eggs" filled with an intense golden orange nectar  This simple recipe produces an full flavoured  apricot  jam that will become a household favourite. 

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Tomato Kasundi: An outstanding Indian chutney

Monday, January 19, 2015

Summer ripened tomatoes with this blend of aromatic spices produces a rich and intoxicating Indian chutney. It’s simple to make and adds colour,  the wow factor and crowning touch when served as an accompaniment to an Indian meal or BBQ. Make it while the tomatoes are plentiful and store in the pantry. This recipe was passed down in a past work colleagues family for generations and shared with me some time ago. This recipe is truly a “gift”, special thanks to Donna’s mum.   Read More . . .

 

Fresh Tomato Sauce

Monday, November 04, 2013

During the peak tomato season when the tomatoes are plentiful and full of flavour, I make litres of fresh tomato sauce and preserve it. As a pantry staple it’s always on hand to add to soups and casseroles, lasagne and as a base sauce for baked, stuffed vegetables such globe artichokes, capsicum, cabbages leaves or zucchini. Best of all though, within minutes, it can be reheated and tossed with freshly cooked pasta, extra fresh basil and served with parmesan cheese for a quick, healthy meal on days when I’ve had a full day in the garden and come in tired and hungry.    Read More . . .