Monday, April 20, 2015

Five Star Frugal and Roasted Tomatoes....

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.
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  1. I am really looking forward to July when the fresh tomatoes come in around here. I have never roasted tomatoes before (not sure why), but this looks so delicious that I am going to be sure to try it.

    1. Pattie, a wonderful cook like you will find dozens of ways to use these succulent little morsels. I'm flattered that I've inspired you! Mimi xxx

  2. What a wonderful post Mimi. Tomatoes are just so useful so packed with flavor and goodness. Trays of them like this sound blissful. At the moment the prices here are terrible but I will do this the second I see a bargain. This to me is keeping bursts of summer alive through winter.
    Have a great and productive week (which I know you will) Love

    1. I knew you'll love this idea Annabel. The flavour is incomparable with just 'tomatoes' or even 'tomato sauce' or 'ketchup'. And they're so easy to do. They've just about eclipsed my famous Tomato Relish as our new favourite thing, and that's saying something! It's funny to hear you saying that the price of anything is terrible. I always imagine you living in a sort of Nirvana where abundance reigns all year round. Thankyou for your encouragement and support. Mimi xxx

  3. Just makes you want to grow roma tomatoes doesn't it? Might give them a try next year just so I can try this recipe. They do look so nice :)


    1. It sure does Tania! You won't regret trying these, I promise. Mimi xxx

  4. I think tomatoes are $1.99 in one of our fruit shops, Mimi. Probably not Roma tomatoes though. I didn't take a lot of notice as we have cherry tomatoes growing in abundance here. They just keep on coming. The roasted tomatoes would taste wonderful with home made ricotta cheese which I have been intending to make for the last few days. Oops!

    1. Nanna Chel, this works with any tomatoes, including the cherry tomatoes. Just squish them with a potato masher before roasting them. Delish, I promise!

  5. Hi Mimi,
    Those tomatoes make my mouth water........I love sundried tomatoes, or any kind of tomatoes I know I will love these. Definitely gonna have to try these
    for sure. Hope you are doing well hon.
    Thanks for hosting,
    Blessing galore to you and yours, Nellie

    1. Nellie, if you love sundried tomatoes, you'll love these too. I hope all is well with you too Honey...Mimi xxx

  6. Ooh, those tomatoes! I am almost crying, because with the first frosts this week there are no more local tomatoes:( I have book marked this recipe for the very first tomatoes I get my hands on next year!

    1. Poor Jo! Never fear. I'm sure there's some other lovely thing in abundance in your part of the world. Mimi xxx

  7. Oh my goodness that roasted tomato recipe sounds delish! That recipe is going in my cookbook. Thanks!

    1. Sherri, you won't regret making that one! Mimi xxx


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