This weeks eats and festivities….

Buenos días , feliz Sábado!

This week has been Tomato MAD again, so after again racking our brains for new recipes and ways of using up a lot of these juicy things, and after I have already made Passata until it comes out of my ears, enough sun-blushed tomatoes to feed Salobreña!! So what next….TOMATO PASTE!!

This recipe uses up a lot of tom’s but makes such a small amount as it is a concentrate which is kinda great as its using them but also saving us the fridge space ;-)….and it is really really delicious. I have not really wanted to eat tomato puree/paste from a tube before but this one was so tasty I could eat it from the jar!!!! I couldn’t wait to use it so last night I made My Best Bolognese and it was yummy!…..

ORGANIC TOMATO PASTE

IMG_3491Ingredients:

7lbs Tomatoes (I tried to use soft and really red tomatoes from the garden)

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp Salt

1/2 Lemon (Juice)

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees.

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Chop the tomatoes into quarters. Heat oil in a deep pan and add tomatoes, cook until they are soft and the skin is wrinkled.

Take a mill, and place over a bowl add tomatoes…

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Turn the handle and get all of the tomato juice from the tomatoes leaving the pulp and skin.

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With the juices add in the salt and lemon juice and stir well.

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Pour into two baking trays with deep..ish sides.

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Pop into the oven.

These will take about 3/4 hours to cook, just keep checking on them regularly. They should reduce to half the size and when ready will be a orangey red and have no oil/liquid seeping from the paste.

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Not ready

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READY!! No liquid just paste

Now place hot paste into hot sterilised jars, then once cooled place in the fridge. You can also let cool then add oil on top inside the jar and freeze this.

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I think this is great for my Bolognese recipe:

https://lululemonandlace.com/food-blog-2/my-best-bolognese/

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But also could be great as a pizza base, or Bruschetta rather than using fresh tomatoes….. or just in any tomato sauce to add flavour and richness.

I made a second batch of this using baby plum and cherry tomatoes, same recipe. It worked just as well and the flavour was that little bit sweeter!! 🙂

THURSDAY/ JUEVES

Thursday here in Salobreña was a festival day;  Fiesta de la Virgin del Carmen, it was going to be a late night and we were all headed to my Aunt Heather’s for food as she lives next to the beach where the festivities where.

Therefore I had to have a good hearty brekky/brunch to keep me going until that evening. As a kid my mum use to make me ‘Rumble Tumble’ which I will blog at some point. It is fry up but all mixed in together with scrambled eggs; great for a hangover.

On Thursday I just used what we had in the fridge…tomatoes (of course), spinach, a slice of ham and half a red onion. It was very tasty and not as unhealthy as the original Rumble Tumble!!

TOMATO, SPINACH & HAM RUMBLE TUMBLE

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Ingredients:

2 eggs whisked in a bowl

Handful mixed baby tomatoes halved (can use cherry, baby plum or regular tomatoes chopped up)

Half a Red Onion sliced

1/2 Red Pepper sliced

1 slice Ham sliced

Salt & Pepper

Method:

Pour a little olive oil in a frying pan and soften your onions and peppers.

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Then add in the ham.

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Then your tomatoes.

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Then your spinach, stirring as you go.

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Next pour in your eggs.

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Scramble it all together, season with salt and pepper and serve.

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TASTY!!

Fiesta de la Virgin del Carmen

We headed over to my Aunts where she had prepared a bit of a feast of meats, marinated chicken wings (which were delicious) cheese, homemade Quiche, bread, olives etc etc…Oh and CAKE!

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Sticky Chicken Wings

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Spread

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MEAT!

After munching on a little food we took our drinks (and bottles of vino) and headed down to the beach front.

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beautiful sky…no filter

The next village ‘La Coleta’ was where the procession starts, they fire a cannon then off the boats go. The Virgin Mary is on a luminous boat that
other people and boats follow, they travel along the coast line to all the spectators who shout…

¡Viva la Virgen del Carmen!

As she passes by.

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sorry for the poor panoramic shot!

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There are fireworks and a brass band playing, everyone is was in full spirit and many having swims in the warm sea. The Virgin Mary travels as I say along the coast line of Salobreña, then back again where she then will make her way through my Aunts village.

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Fun on the beach

After a swim a drink we shoot back to my Aunts house to watch the procession go by and listen to the band play…

The street was packed with people and the band sounded amazing. It was a lovely evening 🙂

Check my link below for more info on this festival.

http://www.andalucia.com/festival/virgindelcarmen.htm

Right time to get on that beach!!

Have a great weekend folks, hope the sun is shining for you

Lulu xx

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