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Celebrating the tomato

It’s National Tomato Week this week, so what better week than this to celebrate this wonderful fruit.

Bright and cheery, it’s a regular visitor to my table, whether for breakfast in huevos rancheros or homemade baked beans, or for an evening meal in clam linguine, prawn curry, mutter paneer or homemade pizza. Not just a pretty face, tomatoes are packed with antoxidant goodness, lycopene in tomatoes is thought to have anti-cancer benefits and is associated particularly with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

I made a trip to Borough Market yesterday morning to visit the Isle of Wight tomato stall, it’s a wonderful, colourful place full of tomatoes of varying shapes, colours and sizes. The Isle of Wight gets more sun than any other part of the UK and so they produce beautiful flavoursome tomatoes there. I opted for some startling (and enormous!) heirloom tomatoes to cook with this weekend.

Unfortunately, I’ve no recipe for you now as I am about to head out the door for a bank holiday Sunday brunch, so, I thought I’d share some of the lovely recipes from other blogs and the web with you, so that you too, could celebrate the tomato.

Smitten Kitchen has a lovely Cherry tomato and green bean salad.

There’s gorgeous pasta with fresh tomato-avocado sauce at the Traveller’s Lunchbox.

Beyond the blogs and in traditional print, Mark Hix has a recipe for Slow roast beef tomato with goat’s curd and pickled walnuts in the Independent and Allegra McEvedy has a recipe for Fasoulatha in the Guardian.



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  1. The IoW supplier is excellent. They also run a stall in Broadway Market in Hackney every Saturday, just round the corner from my parents. Absolutely fantastic photo. It’s made me hungry!

  2. Beautiful. I realised just recently that the 2 things that feature most in my cooking are chickpeas and …… tomatoes. Love them.

  3. Kitchen Goddess says

    Beautiful photo. I love tomatoes, they’re so versatile :)

  4. Thanks Jules! The tomatoes did all the work in this particular one. No styling required :-)

    Sylvie, thanks! It’s actually a photo from a market in Paris that I visited last year. It’s my favourite tomato photo that I have. The Isle of Wight tomato stall is equally wonderful if less haphazard. They’re well represented in the London Markets and I am a frequent visitor.

    Trig, thanks! They’re fab aren’t they (IoW)? I love Broadway Market too, particularly for the Gujarati food stall there.

    Thanks, George! Wonderfully versatile. A quick search for tomato on my blog yesterday proved to me just how much I use them in my cooking!

  5. john says

    gorgeous tomatoes. but…national tomato week, in may??!! here in the northeast US (and the world revolves around us, did you forget?) they are incredible, esp. from the backyard, still warm from the sun, in mid-august. We have them now at the farmer’s market here in northern virginia, but… very grocery store-ish.

  6. I’ve been trying for so long to enjoy raw tomatoes but I find it a real struggle, cooked tomatoes are another matter though and we also use them a lot. Your pizza sauce is a regular in our house now :)

  7. John – Lol! How could we forget?? :-)
    I know what you mean re the grocery store tomatoes, or water bombs as they call them in Holland. When I can’t get the good ones I stick to good tinned but you just can’t beat those sun ripened gorgeous fresh ones. The ones you describe sound delicious.

    Ginger – I can understand that as, really, unless they’re these tomatoes or similar, I can’t eat them raw. They get an awful flavour once they’re chopped. That’s so lovely about the pizza sauce, thanks for letting me know! I am thrilled.

    Planethalder – thanks! I did, I take all the photos for this site.

  8. Lovely picture – lovely subject!

    I got some amazing heirlooms a couple of weeks ago – black zebras tomatoes – they were gorgeous!

  9. Thanks Jeanne! I must go too. Although, you need to get there early and that can be a challenge on a Saturday morning.

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