From late April through to autumn fresh tomatoes are dripping from the vine. A fresh ripe tomato is always at its best plucked and used as quickly as possible to retain all the flavors and goodness.
Ripe, fresh tomatoes do not need much fuss but should be served as simply as possible and here are 5 things to make with tomatoes which allow all that's best in a fresh tomato to shine through.
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If you must cook the fresh tomatoes, then make it a short, burst of heat to preserve all the goodness. This quick tomato sauce is so easy to make. It is incredibly versatile as it can be eaten immediately, can be stored in the fridge for a few days and also freezes well, so a good way to use up a glut of tomatoes.
The sauce is lovely served on a bowl of fresh pasta with a good sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and fresh black pepper and can also be used as a sauce for grilled meats and fish.
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A chunky, robust salad makes a wonderful meal of all its own. Here, the peppers are roasted under a grill (or in an oven if you do not have a grill) while the tomatoes are simply drained and the juices then seasoned. Thus making a really exciting and delicious salad.
Although this salad is called 'summer' it can actually be eaten at any time of year. Roasting the vegetables intensifies the flavor making the imported lack-luster varieties tasty in the darker, winter months.
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Making a fresh tomato salsa is so, so easy. Chop, fresh ripe tomatoes, and a small onion. Shred a handful of fresh cilantro/coriander into tiny strips and tear a handful of basil leaves. Put the whole lot into a large bowl, sprinkle with sea salt and few grinds of fresh black pepper and a large glug of fruity, extra virgin olive oil, cover and leave for 30 minutes.
This simple salsa can then be used as a side dish to grilled foods, on steamed fish or roast chicken, and my favorite - on grilled bread. Take a few slices of thick, country bread, rub one side with a clove of garlic and top with the salsa. A perfect dish for a summers day.
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