Category: Tomatoes

Old Bay Horseradish Tomatoes

Okay November I know you’re here.  But I also need you to be really quiet for a couple more posts because I have two more things I made celebrating Old Bay October.  So, for now, we’re just going to pretend this is still October so I can talk about these Old Bay Horseradish Tomatoes.Old Bay Horseradish TomatoesI am very fond of a Bloody Mary and wanted to do something with Yinzerella’s Old Bay and Horseradish Bloody Mary which is a totally awesome BM in itself.  But I also wanted to put my own twist on it. 

My first thought was to make Bloody Mary Jello Shooters and serve them in tomatoes.  I had some leftover horseradish mascarpone from a braised beef dish I had made and my plan was to make the Bloody Mary Mix, add some gelatine and pour it into halves of Black Russian tomatoes. Then when nearly set to add a teeny dollop of the horseradish cream, right in the centre

In my mind, it looked beautiful, kind of like a target with the dark blackish green of the Black Russians, creating a rim around the bright red jelly which in turn surrounded a perfect circle of horseradish mascarpone. 

That we are not  talking about Old Bay Bloody Mary Jello Shots should give you some idea of how that idea turned out. 

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Let’s’ just agree to never speak of them again. 

So there I was.  I hadn’t yet found what will now be the final Old Bay recipe so this was going to be my final post for Old Bay October and it was TERRIBLE.  I had run out of the Old Bay Yinzerella has sent me so I had even made some Old Bay specially for it.  (There are about a thousand recipes for Old Bay on the interwebs – I chose the one from Leite’s Culinaria.) I used my last bit of real Old Bay for a side by side taste test and it was pretty damn close so this will now be my go to recipe. 

Home Made Old BayHowever, I was now without a grand finale! 

But I had that horseradish mascarpone.  And some cherry tomatoes.  And I could make another Bloody Mary…..I thought at the very least I could make an unusual garnish for the Bloody Mary. 

Old Bay Horseradish Tomatoes3So I did.  And it was really nice – creamy, spicy and with a good kick of horseradish.  So I made some more. 

Old Bay Horseradish Tomatoes4They soon went from being a garnish to being a snack to munch on whilst sipping the Bloody Mary.   They worked really well with it but would be super as a tapas or amuse-bouche or a plain old snack  without a Bloody Mary. 

There are two tricky bits to make these.  The first is scooping the innards out of the cherry tomatoes which is fiddly and BOOOOOORING.  And you have to pay attention because they can split quite easily.  Some good background music is a must!

The second is that it is quite tempting to pop one (or two) into your mouth as you make them.  Just make sure that some make it to the serving plate!

Old Bay Horseradish Tomatoes5Have a great week  Next up, the Old Bay recipe the fussiest eater in the world declared “the best chicken ever”.  It’s quite a thing!  See you then!

Old Bay Horseradish Tomatoes

Old Bay Horseradish Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 115g Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tbsp horseradish (or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Old Bay (or more to taste), plus a bit more to sprinkle
  • 1 tsp chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the top off the cherry tomatoes and scoop out the insides. I used the very smallest setting on my melon baller to do this. Turn them upside down to drain any juice and/or wipe the inside with some paper towel. You need them quite dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the other ingredients and mix well.
  • Pipe or spoon into the tomato shells.
  • Sprinkle with additional Old Bay.
  • Serve with your favourite Bloody Mary or on their own.
  • Enjoy!
http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/2015/11/13/old-bay-horseradish-tomatoes/

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The Margaret Fulton Cookbook 3 – Onion and Olive Pie

“When a substantial first course is called for, it is hard to improve on a savoury tart served warm” 

 – Margaret Fulton

I so totally agree! 

MFCB Olive And Onion Tart
MFCB Olive And Onion Tart

I think the Onion and Olive Pie  looks pretty good in both of these pictures. It’s certainly the best looking item on the 1977 page. In the modern picture though, it really shines.

Both make me wonder why this is not called a Tomato and Olive Pie.

If like me, you really want to eat this, here is the recipe.  From the 1977 version.  This ain’t called Retro Food For Modern Times for nothing.  

 

Onion and Olive Tart Recipe
Onion and Olive Tart Recipe

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Frosted Tomato Cocktail

The frosted tomato cocktail was my pick from the Adventurous Appetizers section of The A-Z of Cooking. 

Frosted Tomato Cocktail
Frosted Tomato Cocktail

But first, each section of The A-Z of Cooking comes with a sentence or two to introduce it vis a vis:

A is for… ADVENTUROUS APPETIZERS: start a dinner party or special family supper with a new and exciting idea.

Booooooring.

How much more fun if they’d done them all in verse:

There was a young girl called Eliza

Who wanted to make appetizers

She tried the tomat-er

As an exciting new starter

And the result did really surprise her.

Yeah, I know that was hardly “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” but the A-Z of Cooking is hardly The Larousse Gastronomique either.

You know what they say, water finds its level.

I nearly chose a recipe called Sweetcorn Scallops but the only thing scallopy about them was that they were served in scalloped shaped dishes or shells, neither of which I own. 

I feel they were already drawing a slightly long bow in naming it. If I’d made it in a normal dish you guys would have left wondering if I’d lost my mind…

I can hear it now  “Errmmmm, that’s bacon, honey, not scallops”

Sweetcorn Scallops
Sweetcorn Scallops

Anyhow, I really liked the picture of the Frosted Tomato Cocktail  from The A-Z of Cooking which is why I chose this one to make. I love that glass.   And  just so you don’t think it’s me, they love a long skinny photo in The A-Z of Cooking.

Frosted Tomato Cocktail - Picture
Frosted Tomato Cocktail – Picture

 Here is the original recipe:

Frosted Tomato Cocktail - Recipe
Frosted Tomato Cocktail – Recipe

This was really nice.  So refreshing.  It would be a gorgeous starter for a hot day in mid summer when tomatoes are at their very best.  Or even as a palate cleanser between courses.   

However, I felt it was missing something.  Because you know what?  As far as I’m concerned if you’re going to call something a cocktail, it better damn well have some booze in it.  Also, you really needed to ramp up the flavourings in the original.  .

My fennelly  take on the Frosted Tomato Cocktail was inspired by this Serious Eats recipe. You could put the fennel salt around the rim of the glass as they suggest or just include it in the mix like I did.  Celery salt would also be great here, in which case, I would garnish with a celery stalk instead of the mint.

I wanted mine to be vegan so I also omitted the Worcestershire and replaced it with tabasco. It may also be the most delicious thing I have ever made that is zero fat. 

Frosted Tomato Cocktail 2
Frosted Tomato Cocktail 2

We’ll be sticking with the letter A for the next sortie into The A-Z of Cooking where we will be looking at the world of after school snacks.  And I might try a haiku. 

Have a great week!

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Frosted Tomato Cocktail
Yields 4
A lovely refreshing start to a meal with a slight kick of heat!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 kilo tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  2. 125 mls tequla
  3. 4 tbsp water
  4. 2 tsp sugar
  5. juice of 1 lime
  6. dash of Tabasco Sauce
  7. 1 tbsp sea salt, I used Maldon
  8. 1 tsp fennel seeds
  9. Mint Leaves to garnish
  10. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Toast the fennel seeds in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Place the salt and toasted fennel seeds in a mortar and grind until they are well combined and the seeds have broken down. Pass through a very fine sieve and set aside.
  2. Place the tomatoes, tequila, lime juice, and sugar into a blender and puree until smooth. Add the fennel salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce to taste.
  3. Pour mixture into large ice cube trays and freeze. Just before serving remove from freezer, take the frozen cubes out of ice tray and place them back in the blender.
  4. Puree until smooth but still frozen.
  5. Spoon into chilled glasses, garnish with mint and serve immediately.
Adapted from The A-Z of Cooking / Serious Eats
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Favourite Tomato Salad

Best Tomato Salad

 

As we approach the day of sickening oversentimentality love, it seems fitting to devote a post to the love apple aka the tomato.  And just to further add to my bah humbug disdain of the day, I thought I would share another one of my dating disasters from the good old days when I was single (and dinosaurs ruled the Earth).  The first which I posted last Valentine’s day can be found here.

 But first, tomatoes…..have to be one of my favorite foods.  And as much as I love the fancy stuff – if you give me two slices of white bread, spread liberally with butter, some slices of tomato, preferably fresh from the garden some salt and pepper….right there you have a little bit of my idea of heaven. 

And speaking of tomato heaven, this salad is one of the best things I have ever eaten. And it’s not just my favourite tomato salad, it is also a mash up of Rosemary Mayne Wilson’s Favourite Tomato Salad and her Superb Blue Cheese Dressing.

Just look at this and tell me it’s not one of the prettiest things you have ever seen? And just to gild that lily?  The dressing contains a hefty dose of blue cheese.  And a liberal splash of sherry for those of you who, much like myself, like to have a little bit o’ booze with….well pretty much anything.

Best Tomato Salad
Best Tomato Salad

So tasty and full of yummy deliciousness.  But as we celebrate the love apple, let’s also take a step back into my dark, deep dating history for another disaster story. 

So, a few years ago, I was dating a  someone  who…seemed pretty normal.  Until.

STRIKE ONE

Best Tomato Salad2
Favourite Tomato Salad2

We were due to meet my mum and her partner for dinner one night.  And we had to park a little bit away from the restaurant. As  we started walking through the car park, he went to spit on the ground.

Favourite Tomato Salad
Favourite Tomato Salad

Which, is pretty disgusting in, and of, itself.  But then came

STRIKE TWO.

Best Tomato Salad3
Best Tomato Salad3

So. He goes to spit on the ground.

Only thing is…he misses.

Misses the ground that is  How you ask?  How can he miss the ground?  Do you live in a land of anti-gravity?

No,  He missed the ground because he spat all over his own shoe.

Feel free to insert massive eyeroll at will.

Bad enough, you’re going to spit on the ground.  That’s uncouth.  Do you need to add uncoordinated onto that as well?

So now we’re half way across the car park. He has a big gob of spit on his right shoe.  Which needs to be gotten rid of pronto because we’re about to meet my parents.

And here comes

STRIKE THREE

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He chose to get rid of that big gob of spit by lifting up his right leg and wiping it on the back of his jeans on his left leg.

Appalling, I know.  But you haven’t even heard the worst. 

Because  even though I  know that technically there’s no such thing as a

STRIKE FOUR

The worst thing?

Let’s just suppose I had accidentally spat on my own foot…it would never happen but you know…in the realms of  absolute fantasy….

I would have hopped about shrieking like a banshee for….I don’t know, at least a good ten minutes…

“OMG, I’ve spat on my own shoe…what am I going to do?  I need to get it off, how am I going to get it off…where’s the nearest shoe shop? I need to buy new shoes…” etc.

HE did not even break stride. It was like spit, shoe, wipe…all in one fluid motion.  Which only meant one thing….

It wasn’t the first time he had done it.

He was a serial spitter and misser. 

That relationship didn’t last the carpark….

 This tomato salad should become an immediate part of your summer repertoire.  It’s so  damn good!!!

Favorite Tomato Salad

Favorite Tomato Salad 8
Favorite Tomato Salad 8

 Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!  Hope it’s fabulous whatever you do!

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Favourite Tomato Salad
The name says it all. This will become your favorite tomato salad too!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 punnet cherry tomatoes - a mix of colours and shapes adds to the prettiness of this dish
  2. 1 avocado, flesh diced
  3. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tbsp chopped herbs - parsley, basil, mint, coriander, chives or celery leaves are all lovely
  5. 50g blue cheese
  6. 2 tbsp hot water
  7. 2 tbsp dry sherry
  8. 1 clove garlic crushed
  9. 3/4 cup sour cream
  10. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Toss the avocado cubes in lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
  2. Halve the cherry tomatoes
  3. Combine the tomatoes and avocado in a bowl.
For the dressing
  1. Mix cheese and hot water, mash to a smooth liquid. Add the other ingredients and blend well.
  2. Chill for at least an hour.
  3. When ready to serve, pour over the tomatoes and avocados.
  4. Sprinkle with the herbs.
Notes
  1. This salad is also great loaded onto thick slices of a crusty toasted bread.
  2. Any leftover dressing can be loaded onto baked potatoes, poured over wedges of lettuce or used as a delicious dip.
Adapted from Salads For All Seasons - Rosemary Maybe Wilson
Adapted from Salads For All Seasons - Rosemary Maybe Wilson
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Cheesy Eggplant and Salami Sandwiches

Memories, misty water colour memories….

Eggplant Salami Sandwich
Eggplant Salami Sandwich

As I enter week two of Paleo, there is one recipe that I made earlier this year that is lingering in my mind as containing pretty much all the sins of Paleo but all the glories of delicious food.  Funny, the things I thought I would be craving – coffee, chocolate, hummus…not so much…but if you put one of these in front of my right now, I would step on you to get one. 

I found this recipe in the same folder I found the recipe for the Smoked Trout Empanadas.I’ve changed it a bit to include the chili and the original chopped the salami and mozzarella and mixed them together. 

I’m not sure if the lure here is:

  • The gooey, melty cheese
  • The crispy breadcrumbs
  • The spicy salami
  • The silky sauteed eggplant
  • The slighty sweet tomato sauce
  • The little hit of chilli
  • Or all of the above

But believe me, the sirens are singing this song loud and strong.  And you will be too if you make them.  So crispy, so cheesy, so gooooood….

I’m not going to say much this time (because I might cry).  I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

Eggplant Salami Sandwiches 2
Eggplant Salami Sandwiches 2

 

Eggplant and Salami Sandwiches 3
Eggplant and Salami Sandwiches 3

 

Eggplant Salami Sandwich 4
Eggplant Salami Sandwich 4

 

Eggplant Salami Sandwich 5
Eggplant Salami Sandwich 5
Eggplant and Salami Sandwiches 6
Eggplant and Salami Sandwiches 6

Trying to remember, the way we were…

 Have a fabulous week!

PLEASE eat some cheese for me.

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Sauteed Eggplant and Salami Sandwiches
Yields 12
A delicious take on Eggplant Parmigiana.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 eggplants, each cut into 12 slices about 5 mm thick
  2. 250g mozzarella cut into 12 slices
  3. 12 slices of salami - I used hot Hungarian
  4. 12 slices pickled jalopeno chillies (optional)
  5. 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 cup breadcrubms
  8. 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  9. salt and pepper
  10. Chopped herbs - mint, chives, coriander to garnish
Tomato Fondue
  1. 1 onion, finely chopped
  2. 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  3. 15g butter
  4. 1 large can tomatoes
  5. bouquet garni
  6. salt and pepper
Tomato Fondue
  1. Saute the onion in the butter over a moderate heat until it is softened and golden.
  2. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, bouquet garni, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook covered for about 10 minutes over a gentle heat.
  5. Remove the lid and continue cooking over a moderately high heat until the sauce is thick.
  6. Discard the bouquet garni.
For The Sandwiches
  1. Brush the eggplant with oil. Place in frying pan and cook until softened and golden on both sides.
  2. Remove from pan.
  3. Brush one side of the eggplant with some tomato fondue.
  4. Place a slice of salami on half of the pieces of eggplant.
  5. Place a slice of chilli on top of the salami.
  6. Cover with a slice of mozzarella and top with a slice of eggplant, tomato side down.
  7. Press down around the outer rim to stick the two slices of eggplant together.
  8. In a small bowl whisk the eggs.
  9. Add the breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper to another bowl.
  10. Dip the sandwiches in the egg , then dredge them into the breadcrumbs.
  11. In a large frying pan, heat the oil and fry the sandwiches in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown.
  12. Once done, transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, then keep them warm in a single layer in a dish in a low oven.
  13. Serve with the tomato fondue, sprinkled with chopped herbs.
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