A bit of tomato loving

A bit of tomato loving


Posted 19th May 2016


In celebration of the National Tomato Week (16th-22nd May) we've rounded up a few of our favourite tomato facts and recipes

1. Did you know that 94.5% of a tomato's weight is water?

2. The debate over whether to classify it as a fruit or not still rumbles on. While it's technically a fruit, it's classed as a vegetable for commercial purposes. So technically it's both.

3. Even though they often are kept in the fridge, it's better not to - it can result in them losing flavour.

4. If you're growing your own tomatoes, consider planting them next to carrots or asparagus, as they help repel each other's pests.

Tray Roasted Lamb Leg Steaks

You will need:

1 bulb garlic
100g mushrooms
½ pack cherry tomatoes
1 lemon
3 sprigs of rosemary
1 pack British lamb leg steaks
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
500g Jersey Royal potatoes
Crusty bread, to serve

Directions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Break the garlic into cloves and place on a baking tray.

2. Cut the mushrooms and tomatoes in half and scatter in the tray. Cut the lemon in half and put in the tray. Place the rosemary and lamb in the tray. Drizzle olive oil all over the ingredients.

3. Season and bake for 30-40 minutes until the meat is cooked through.

4. Wash and boil the Jersey Royals and serve with the lamb steaks and tray baked veg.

Tip: The roasted garlic is great squeezed onto the crusty bread.

breakfastHearty Full English Breakfast Skillet

You will need:

500g diced potatoes (i.e. parmentier potatoes)
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 rashers streaky bacon
5 pork chipolata sausages
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
Half ciabatta loaf, cubed
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
100g Rachel’s Greek style natural yoghurt
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

1. Pre-heat the grill on a high setting.

2. Begin by cooking the parmentier potatoes following packet instructions.

3. Heat a little olive oil in a cast iron or non stick frying pan. Add the bacon and sausages and stir often over a high heat until cooked and brown, this could take up to 10 minutes

4. Add the cooked potatoes, cherry tomatoes and ciabatta loaf cubes.

5. Mix together the eggs and yoghurt and season with salt and pepper.

6. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and continue cooking over a high heat until the pan is sizzling and bubbling.

7. Transfer the pan to the grill and cook until golden brown and the egg has set.

8. Serve immediately with hot buttered toast.

Recipe courtesy of www.rachelsorganic.co.uk

bruschettaBruschetta Flat Bread with Goats' Cheese

You will need:

4 large, ripe tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, grated
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
Pinch of sugar
Fresh basil, torn or chopped
2 flat breads or pitas
Extra virgin olive oil
125g goats cheese
Fresh basil, to serve

Directions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC. Mix the chopped tomatoes with the grated garlic, the olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar and chopped basil.

2. Drizzle each flat bread with a little olive oil and spoon on the tomato mixture. Crumble over the goat’s cheese log and drizzle with a little more olive oil.

3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven, tear over the remaining basil and serve.

Lead image courteys of Getty / Getty Images News / Dan Kitwood





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