For me, summer = tomatoes
There are so many different tomato varieties with such fun names, here are some examples:
Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, White Queen, Vintage Wine, Beefsteak, Green Grape, Black Russian, Yellow Stuffer.
Pretty cool. You can just imagine the colour variety.
We have been eating tomatoes all the time. As in every meal. With glut you need to get creative. Think out of the veggie box – Like in my Summer Glut post.
This time I am thinking very much In the Box. Or In the Bottle.
For my kids, tomatoes = tomato sauce, they dont really like the real thing. Which becomes a problem when your fridge is half full of them and so is your garden.
So I tried to make them a healthy version of the gloop they love so much. Are there any parents out there who have spent hours of effort in creating “delicious” healthy meals for your child only for it to be pushed aside or “Bleurgh!” to be declared after the first bite?
Yep. This was not one of those times. Success!
TOMATO SAUCE RECIPE
So first you have to put your tomatoes in boiling water for a few minutes. Then put them in cold water so they are easy to handle – now the skin is super easy to peel off.
Then you add HONEY (I used two tablespoons) HERBS (I used oregano and thyme, you can use anything including wild sage, caramalised onions and garlic, wild garlic or whatever your heart desires) SEA SALT (just a few crunches)
Blitz with a hand blender.
Bring to the boil and then simmer on a low heat for a few hours until the sauce has halved.
Very fussy six year old boy eating homemade tomato sauce. That took hours. Miracles can happen!
Goodbye Allgold. Hello kitchen. We have a winner.