As an Englishman living in Europe for years, this blog is about the recipes we have made for dinner and lunch parties for friends and family over the years.
I can think of nothing in life that is more pleasurable and fun than to sit down with old friends eating and drinking proper home made food made from seasonal fresh ingredients, enjoying some local wines.
The sort of Lunches that last into the night. Lunches Memories are made of.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Classic Provencal Tomatoes
Wow,what a dish,to me this is so much the taste of France.take a Beef Tomato and cut in two,when cutting tomatoes always use a serrated knife ,you can see mine in the picture,makes life so much easier!
Very finely chop a clove or two of garlic,if you prefer a less pronounced garlic flavour par boil the cloves in water for 5 minutes then chop finely
Chop a couple of anchovy fillets,don't be put off,they melt to nothing and add a lovely saltiness,then add stale bread crumbs about 2 tablespoons,again chopped very fine,a food processor makes easy work of this,but if you haven't got one use a grater or japeneese panco crumbs would work well and add with the other ingredients to a bowl with.....
Freshly chopped parsley and a tsb of dried Herb de provence,mix together well in a bowl with a generous glug of olive oil
Now stuff your tomatoes in all the cavities you have made from deseeding...The aromas are already amazing...
Now place in a clay pot or roasting tin and bake for half an hour at 200' until they are sizzling slightly collapsed and fragrant,the perfect accompaniment for steak,which I will make later,the fragrance in your kitchen of garlic and herbs is wonderful
Or any other grilled meat,go on try it,its the taste of every French Cafe and Brasserie...