If asked about my favourite ingredients, the humble tomato is right up there, my favourite fruit and probably the one thing I eat more of than anything else. Fresh, roasted, sun-blushed, tinned and added to food, I eat tomatoes in all forms! Walk into my kitchen and alongside the fruit bowl is a bowl set aside just for tomatoes which my children and I eat like sweets. My love of tomatoes stems from childhood when my Dad had a greenhouse full of tomato plants. He would walk over the garden, telling me to put out my hand so that he could drop a tomato in it, warm with the sun, straight from the greenhouse and no better way to eat a tomato. This has of course led to me being exceptionally fussy about the tomatoes I eat!
My inspiration for today’s recipes are simple. Michelle makes delicious oven roasted tomatoes and is always generous enough to share a jar with me. I was looking at the last jar she gifted and decided that I must make them the star of a tart. The bruschetta is a favourite summer lunch, tomatoes with bread, olive oil and fresh herbs, mmm!