Tomato and lemon marmalade

Tomato and lemon marmalade Tomato and lemon marmalade This simple marmalade can readily be made with red tomatoes, but use either yellow or brown ones if you have them. It will keep for up to 1 year if stored in a cool, dark place. Refrigerate after opening. Ingredients Makes about 3lb (1.5kg) Prep time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 1½ hours – 5 large unwaxed lemons, zest peeled and cut into long, thin strips. – 2lb (1kg) tomatoes, peeled, cored, and cut into quarters. – 2lb (1kg) granulated sugar. Instructions Step…

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Tomato and mascarpone ice cream with raspberries

Tomato and mascarpone ice cream with raspberries Tomato and mascarpone ice cream with raspberries The flavor of the tomatoes here may be subtle, but it is an integral and entirely delicious element of this rich and creamy concoction. Confirmation, if it was needed, that the tomato is indeed a fruit. Ingredients Makes about 1 quart (1 liter) Prep time: 30 minutes Freezing time: 2 hours – 8oz (250g) ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and finely diced (mild-tasting varieties such as yellow or vine-ripened cherry tomatoes work best). – ½ cup fresh…

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Caponata

Caponata Caponata One of Sicily’s signature dishes, caponata’s combination of sweet and sour flavors is typical of the island’s distinctive cuisine. Great served with fresh crusty bread as an antipasto, it also makes an excellent side dish. As a bonus, it keeps well in the refrigerator for 3–4 days. Ingredients Serves 4 as a side dish Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25–30 minutes – ⅓ cup olive oil. – 3 eggplants, cut into 1in (2cm) cubes. – 2 onions, sliced. – ½ cup finely chopped celery root or celery,.…

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Tomato, peach, and strawberry salad

Tomato, peach, and strawberry salad Tomato, peach, and strawberry salad Fruit salad with a twist! Fresh and zinging with flavor, it is also a visual feast. Even if its fruits come into season at different times in your garden, depending on variety and where you live, you may still be able to catch them all at the same time. If you can’t, go shopping. Ingredients Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes – 4–6 ripe tomatoes, about 12oz–1lb (350–450g). – 3 ripe peaches. – 15 strawberries. – dash of extra virgin…

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Melted feta on tomatoes and spinach

Melted feta on tomatoes and spinach Melted feta on tomatoes and spinach This is a truly scrumptious salad, where hot oil is poured over feta cheese, which in turn melts to drizzle the tomatoes and spinach with moist and oily juices, which then create their own dressing. Ingredients Serves 4 as a starter Prep time: 15 minutes – 22½ cups fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried. – 12 oil-packed kalamata olives, pitted. – 1 tbsp capers in brine, rinsed, drained, and gently squeezed dry. – 8 sun-dried tomato halves…

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Tomato panade

Tomato panade Tomato panade This is a baked combination of the traditional French soup panade, usually eaten as a thick bready broth with caramelized onions, and the Italian pappa al pomodoro, another bready broth, but with tomatoes. Ingredients Serves 6 as a main course or 8 as a side dish Prep time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes – 3 large onions, thinly sliced about 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling. – 8 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped and crushed to a paste with a little salt. – ½…

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Slow-cooked beef cheeks with braised vegetables

Slow-cooked beef cheeks with braised vegetables Slow-cooked beef cheeks with braised vegetables Arte Culinaria is a fantastic cooking school in Italy’s Veneto region, and its hostess, Antonella Tagliapietra, is the source of this wonderful dish. A classic example of slow cooking, it uses a cut of meat that is often overlooked—yet truly mouthwatering and meltingly tender. Ingredients Serves 4 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 3 hours – 3 tbsp olive oil. – 2 onions, chopped. – 1½lb (700g) beef cheeks, cut into chunks and trimmed of any fat. –…

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Baked beans

Baked beans Baked beans If you’re looking for inspiration, try this dish. It takes a little planning, as you need to soak the beans overnight, but after that everything is simply put together and baked. Once you have tasted these, you will realize exactly how good homemade baked beans really are. Ingredients Serves 4 Soaking time: overnight Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 2–3 hours – 1 cup small dried white beans. – 1 tbsp vegetable oil. – 1 onion, finely chopped. – 2 garlic cloves, finely minced. – 1…

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Mexican-style tomato summer pudding

Mexican-style tomato summer pudding Mexican-style tomato summer pudding Make this sort of treasure chest brimming with an assortment of tasty tomatoes—green, yellow, red, quartered plum tomatoes, long slices of beefsteaks, tomato wedges, and even whole cherry tomatoes. Ingredients Serves 4 Prep time: 30 minutes Baking time: overnight – 1 small loaf sliced white bread, crusts removed (about 2lb/700g). – 8–9 very ripe tomatoes, about. – 1½lb (675g), cored and seeded (reserve the seeds and jellylike core). – 2 roasted tomatoes, cut into quarters. – 3 sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil,…

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Ragù bolognese

Ragù bolognese Ragù bolognese This unashamedly tomato-heavy interpretation of the classic ragù bolognese comes from Marine Ices, a London culinary institution. Long, slow simmering brings out the rich flavor of the tomatoes. Thank you, Marine Ices. Ingredients Serves 8 Prep time: 45 minutes Baking time: at least 2 hours – 1 tbsp olive oil. – 1 onion, finely chopped. – 2 celery ribs, finely chopped. – 2 carrots, finely diced. – 2lb (1kg) 90% lean ground beef. – ½ cup dry red wine. – 6½lb (3kg) ripe plum tomatoes, peeled…

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