Slow baked garlic tomatoes
Preparation time: 5min, (and 45-50 min in the oven)
This is a fragrant garlic infused tomato dish that is an excellent side to any meat dish. The acid in the tomatoes cuts through and it goes to say that the better quality of tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, the better result.
In the summer when the tomatoes are fresh and ripe, the flavour is incredible, however I end up making it the most during the winter season as the cold sets in and I’m roasting meat more often than not.
My favourites are as a side for my garlic buttered roast chicken or with a good steak.
6 ripe tomatoes
500ml/ 2 cups Cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil
6-8 cloves of garlic
Method: Wash and dry the tomatoes, and place them and the garlic cloves in a small skillet over low heat, before adding the oil. Its important that the heat is low so as to not fry the tomatoes, however it needs to be warm enough to bake. I warm up the oil over low heat on the stove top, before covering with a lid and popping the skillet in the oven at 100 Celsius/ for 45-50 min till the skin has a few wrinkles and they smell ever so lovely.
Serve warm as a side. I usually serve them with a roast chicken or a good steak, but they are aromatic and tasty addition to most meat dishes.
My Mother's Rye Bread
Makes 6 rings
The last time my father visited, he mentioned that he used to buy this type of rye bread at the local deli when he was growing up in Oslo. The round loaves would all be arranged on a pole hanging from the ceiling. He grew quite nostalgic when my mother and I baked him a batch, even if Mum has done so for years. There are many types of rye bread, and this is the one I crave the most, as it has this lovely and unexpected aroma of star anise that works so well with rye. You can substitute the anise with fennel seeds, if you wish, as either one will enhance this humble bread. Eat it warm, slicing each ring horizontally through the middle and slathering with butter, or serve it beside a bowl of soup. When cooled, wrap the bread in a kitchen towel to enjoy later; it will keep for 3 to 4 days.
4 tablespoons salted butter
350ml / 1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons light golden syrup / light corn syrup
2 to 3 teaspoons ground anise
400g / 3 cups course rye flour
200g / 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sea salt
1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the milk over low to medium heat, making sure it does not boil or bubble. Remove from the heat, add the syrup, and mix well. Allow the mixture to cool to skin temperature (about 37°C / 95°F). Test a drop on the back of your hand to feel if it’s the right temperature.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the anise, rye and all-purpose flours, yeast, and salt, then stir in the warm milk mixture. Knead the dough with your hands in the bowl till the stickiness is gone and it feels firm and tender to touch, 4 to 6 minutes. Lift the dough, sprinkle a bit of flour at the bottom of the bowl, then put the dough back in, covering the bowl with a kitchen towel. Leave it to rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until aerated. Lightly flour a surface, empty the dough onto it, and knead for 2 to 3 minutes, adding more flour if needed.
3. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F.
Oysters with basil sauce
Seves 6-8, makes 12 meringues
350 g/ 2 cups clotted cream (see separate recipe)
200 g/ 1 cup caster sugar
100 g/ 1/2 cup fresh passion fruit flesh or if unavailable passion fruit coulis
4 medium egg whites
2 dl/1 cup whipping cream
A small handful toasted pistachios
Handful or fresh primroses, or violets or any other edible flower
Preheat the oven to 100 delicious / 210 Fahrenheit.
Line 2 rimmed baking trays with baking sheets, dabbing a tad of the whipped meringue in each corner to keep the baking paper in place.
In a large bowl beat the egg whites