Welcome to a new week and a new Five Star Frugal Linkup.
I've found some lovely thrifty produce at the local fruit market lately, and one of my favourite purchases has been one kilogram (2.2lbs) trays of Roma tomatoes, they're the egg shaped ones, for around $1 a tray. Now when I see these, it's like Pavlovs Dog. I immediately start salivating and the deep rich scent of tomatoes, slow roasted with balsamic vinegar, fills my brain and my nostrils as if I were right there in my kitchen.
What can I say, but YUM.
These are such a divinely delish thing, served as an accompaniment with anything from roasts and steaks, to pasta and salads. Once you've tried them, you'll be hooked!
Just line some trays with silicone baking paper, and cut those babies into thick slices, lining them up, row upon row upon row. It's quite therapeutic once you get going, and I'll usually do up to ten trays worth in a session. These collapse down like you wouldn't believe, so storage is easily taken care of in two or three cube shaped Klip-It containers.
Shake some Balsamic vinegar over them, and grind a bit of pepper on them too if you like.
Roast them at 200C fan forced for anything up to 90 minutes. Keep an eye on them though. When the vinegar starts caramelising it can burn, so turn them down if need be.
Once they collapse and caramelise and look all sort of rich red and tempting and smell like heaven, they're done. Take them out, let them cool slightly, then transfer them with tongs, to your containers. Refrigerate immediately.
I adore these on Corn Thins with a smear of Ricotta for an easy and super healthy breakfast or snack anytime. They are so flavoursome that they cure that 'I want something but I don't know what' thing that we all get sometimes, and with pasta, risotto, or atop a salad, they are the dreamiest thing ever.
What's not to like?
So on to our Five Star Frugal Linkup.
Thankyou again to all contributors, and here's the weekly round-up....
Please click on each contributors name, to get a peek at what they shared.
Patties Salsa Verde got the nod and passed the taste test.
Rita from Panopoly had me running down to make my list and check it twice for my upcoming garden escapades.
Benita at Chasing Quaintness had me foraging for mini milk bottles and silver paint.
Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage introduced us to Mrs White.
Jess shared her trials and got some much needed blogger support and sympathy.
Patsy inspired us with her Working Pantry update.
Fiona reminded us that school holiday activities don't have to involve shopping malls.
Darling Downs Diaries shared a mouthwatering Pasta Salad.
Joan shared her version of the Classic Layered Salad...yum!
Julie shared a review of a new Beauty Balm Stick.
Annabel made us all wish that we were on her card sending list with her pretty works of art.
Kathy shared a trip to a favourite shopping destination.
Nellie posted a favourite Cuban recipe for Picadillo...looks scrummy.
And Katy reminded us all, that staying at home is NOT boring.