More favourite ways with tomatoes

Tomatoes

I have counted 24 different tomatoes in my local (admittedly very good) greengrocer, but even on the supermarket shelves it’s possible to find tomatoes beyond the bog-standard (which are picked unripe and never get to their best) and ubiquitous vines and cherry varieties.

I am not a tomato purist: I do eat them outside of summer, and I do look forward to the first crop of hardy, salty, winter tomatoes. But, for now, I will feast on them while they are truly at their best, often with nothing more than salt and olive oil.

Ricotta gnocchi with brown butter tomato sauce

These are a forgiving ricotta dumpling; they use a little flour and sit in a cherry tomato sauce spiked with the toastiness of brown butter.

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Tomatoes on toast with chilli and fennel seeds

It virtually goes without saying that the better the tomatoes, the better the toasts. I love Ligurian bull’s heart tomatoes and, of course, our rainbow ones from the Isle of Wight. If your tomatoes are less tasty, roasting them intensifies the sweetness so I have included an option for roasting the tomatoes, too.

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Melon, tomato and mozzarella with two chillies

This is perfect for a hot day; it’s cooling and invigorating all at once. This offbeat salad uses one of my new discoveries in the kitchen: pickled red peppers.

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Favourite lentils with roasted tomatoes and horseradish

A quick and delicious meal that I make a lot.

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Kale, tomato and lemon magic one-pot spaghetti

One of my most popular recipes to date.

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