Ingredient Archives: tomatoes

Grilled Monkfish and Chard Tagine with a Simple Fennel Salad

Grilled Monkfish and Chard Tagine with a Simple Fennel Salad

After a good thanksgiving week of overindulgence I think we all crave a little bit of clean tasting food. Much as I love turkey with all the trimmings and its resulting tryptophan food coma, I need to have something lighter and sharp soon afterwards. But it’s still cold and wintry here, so hearty food is […]

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tomato soup

Roasted Tomato Soup — A Fitting Farewell

  Dr Johnson said that when one is tired of London, one is tired of life. From a culinary perspective, I think the same can be said of tomatoes.They have such variety, be it in size, shape texture or flavour that there are few meals that wouldn’t welcome tomatoes. Whether in a Greek salad, a […]

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pan roast fish, gremolata mash, green beans with tomatoes

Dad’s Pan Roast Fish, Gremolata Mash and Green Beans with Tomatoes

I mentioned yesterday that I was hosting visitors this week. I didn’t mention that these visitors are my illustrious parents and I’m putting them to work while they are here. I’m lucky that both my mother and father are great cooks, and so they are going to treat us to meals from their repertoire. Today […]

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baked eggplant

Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes, Chillies, Mozzarella and Mint

Baked eggplant might sound at first blush like a depressingly bland affair. But once you have tried this wonderful marriage of succulent pillowy soft eggplant with sharp tomatoes; spicy heat playing off cooling mint and calming mozzarella I think you will change your mind. The simplicity of the making the dish belies the complexity of […]

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Tomato Stew with Cranberry Beans and Chard

Tomato Stew with Cranberry Beans and Chard

This tomato stew cries out for a cool night. It’s a rich, rustic mêlée of beans, tomatoes and chard brought together and given an amazing freshness thanks to its last-moment addition of fresh herbs and vinegar. With a simple toasted rye bread smeared thick with crème frâiche its the sort of thing that will warm […]

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Romanesco Broccoli and Pasta Bake with a Carrot and Sorrel Salad

Romanesco Broccoli and Pasta Bake with a Carrot and Sorrel Salad

  There are some dishes are best eaten at home. It’s not that they are bad, far from it. They are just such cosy meals that they deserve to be eaten on the couch in front of great (or wonderfully awful) TV. This meal of parmesan crusted pasta and Romanesco Broccoli is one of those […]

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Baked Fish

Baked Fish, Balearic style; Spanish Rice

  There are some meals that rely on exquisite and complex preparations. Others use long and slow cooking to develop intense and unctuous flavours, and still others work on the basis of blisteringly fresh ingredients barely touched by heat. This baked fish dish sits happily in a midway spot: it’s very easy to prepare, can […]

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tomato sauce

Tomato Sauce — A simple recipe for a cornerstone sauce

  In a few week’s time our glorious tomato season will be over. So this week I want to do something a little different and introduce a recipe for a basic and wonderfully flexible tomato sauce. Once you’ve made this rich red mother-sauce you can do all sorts of things with it, making it perfect […]

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Spicy Okra

Spicy Okra with Paneer

Of all the vegetables and produce available at the market, okra is high on the list of those I find troublesome. I have an aversion to that mucous-like slimy texture that seems synonymous with okra. Mountain Yam is another offender I steer well clear of. Fortunately I found this dish for spicy okra which uses […]

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