"Tomatoes are finally in season, and my vegetable patch is bursting with fresh fruit."
Here is what Gwyneth Paltrow is making with them, quick, easy recipes that don't require a whole lot of ingredients.
Homemade Bloody Mix
This recipe makes a fresh and delicious Bloody Mary mix.
makes about 1.5 cup
- 18 slow-roasted tomato halves
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper sauce to taste (or any hot sauce of your choice)
- 1 heaping tablespoon of worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of fresh pepper
- dash of celery seed
- pinch of salt
1. Blend slow-roasted tomatoes on low in a Vitamix.
2. Strain into a jug
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. This keeps in the fridge for up to a week.
makes about 1 drink
- 2oz or 2 jiggers of vodka (Kettle One is the best for Bloody Marys)
- 1 lemon wedge for garnish
- handfuls of ice (to fill the glass)
- about 1 cup of Bloody Mary mix
1. Fill the glass with ice. Add 2oz of vodka and about 1 cup of mix. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the glass and drop it in. Mix and drink.
makes about 2 drinks
- 1 Corona (or similar light beer)
- 1/2 cup Bloody Mary mix
- 1 lime
- coarse salt in a shallow bowl
1. Rub lime on rum of each glass and dip in coarse salt to coat.
2. Add a handful of ice to each glass. Pour half a beer in each glass and add about 1/4 of a cup Bloody Mary mix. Stir to continue.
Basic Fresh Tomato Sauce
Make this sauce in the summer time, when fresh tomatoes are abundant, and keep in your fridge, jar or freeze to use all year round.
- 6 ripe medium tomatoes
- 1 1/2 garlic cloves, minced
- sea salt
- olive oil
1. Pour boiling water over 6 scored tomatoes (using a knife cut an 'X' into the bottoms of tomatoes). Wait 30 seconds for them to cool, then peel (skins should come off easily)
2. Heat lug of olive oil and 1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic in pan over medium heat. Cook for a bout a minute until the garlic softens and becomes fragrant.
3. Roughly chip the peeled tomatoes and add the pan with the garlic. Simmer until boiling, ten turn it down to medium heat and add a big pinch of sea salt. Let it cook down to a nice sauce.
Use this fresh tomato base instead of the usual ketchup.
makes 1/2 cup
- 7 ripe tomatoes
- 1/2 cup packed fresh horseradish, grated
- 1/4 teaspoon of wasabi powder
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon dark muscovado sugar
- 1 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce
- pinch of salt
- a few healthy grinds of fresh pepper
1. Score the tomatoes and cover with boiling water. Let cool then peel to remove skin.
2. Core the tomatoes then scoop out the caviar (the inside). Press the caviar through a sieve, retaining the juice and discarding the seeds.
3. Put the deseeded tomatoes and the juice into a sauce pan over low heat, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Add a pink of salt and dash olive oil to the pan and let it all simmer for about 30-45 minutes until reduced to a heaping 1/2 cup. Let it cool in the refrigerator.
4. Combine the juice of 1 lemon, the worcestershire sauce and sugar in a small mixing bowl and mix until sugar dissolves. Add to the cooled tomato mixture. Add the horseradish and wasabi powder and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.