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Empty The Fridge

English: Tomato soup served hot or cold.

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I had no idea what to cook  tonight.  I’ve had a horrible cold for two days and just couldn’t be bothered to go shopping so it was a fridge raid – not that there was a lot to go on.  Anyway, spring onions, half a yellow and a red pepper, cherry tomatoes, passata;  the remains of a bag of rice and a teaspoon of smoked paprika and I had , with the addition of vegetable stock, a very nice tomato soup.  And  it was ready in time for me to watch ‘Masterchef:The Professionals’. *mutters rude word*.

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At the moment it’s the semifinals so there are two of the contestants in an incredibly upmarket restaurant, first cooking service and then for the head chef of the restaurant.  Tonight they’re at Gleneagles in Scotland, ( 2 Michelin stars and a swankygolf course. ), and they’re both getting their timings completely out.    Obviously, I’m so talented that I regularly serve an eight course dégustation menu whilst looking after hyperactive 2 year old octuplets and selling my Picasso collection to Sothebys over the phone.  God, I’m a legend.

Anyway, back to reality – (I think I need to cut back on the Lemsip) – tomorrow is bread baking  day, and I might just have to indulge in jam tarts and biscuits as well.  If I’m going to feel sorry for myself then I need to do it with plenty of sugar.  Roll on the weekend – Christmas shopping, via Waitrose…

Bye for now. *sniff*

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Sweet Tomato Relish

dried coriander seeds

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Had an afternoon in the kitchen and decided to try this recipe which I found online a few weeks ago.  It tastes really lovely but I would recommend, when it comes to adding the cane sugar, to do so gradually so that you can get the relish to the desired taste.  I just poured it in and to be honest, as good as it is, I would have added less.  Still, you live and learn.  I’m just waiting for it to cool down and then I’m going to have some with a big piece of Cornish Quartz mature cheddar – one of the best mature cheddars I’ve ever tasted.

So, here is the recipe, mind the sugar!


Sweet Tomato Relish

1.3 kgs cherry tomatoes

1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

pinch of black pepper

125mls olive oil

250g chopped onion, red or white

450mls cider vinegar

25g crushed garlic

3 tsps sea salt

300g raw cane sugar

1 red chilli, chopped

1/2 tsp whole coriander seed

1/2 tsp whole cumin seed

25g tomato purée


Roast  the tomatoes with olive oil, thyme and black pepper for 30 minutes at 200°C, Gas Mark 6.

Meanwhile, cook the onion in half the cider vinegar for about 20 minutes, or until soft.

When soft, add the rest of the ingredients, plus the tomatoes.  Bring to the boil then simmer for 20-25 minutes until it reaches a soft consistency.


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Stunningly Simple Smoked Salmon with Tomato, Beetroot and Watercress Salad

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Just had an amazing lunch made for me by my cousin Joe.  It was perfect, and would do just as well for a light supper.  The preparation and cooking is so easy, and hardly time consuming.  Here’s what to do –

Ingredients (to serve 2)

Smoked salmon fillets, 1 per person.

2 medium sized tomatoes

2 beetroot, cooked, peeled

1 bag of watercress, washed.

For the dressing

Small pot of créme fraîche

2-3 teaspoons of horseradish sauce

To Make

Lightly grease a large piece of aluminium foil, (dull side).  Place salmon fillets on it, dot with butter, and fold foil into a parcel, tightly sealing edges and allowing a little space inside for air to circulate.  Place in a preheated oven at 200°C and bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare salad.  Divide watercress between two dinner plates/shallow bowls.  Slice tomatoes and beetroot and place on top.  Make the dressing by mixing together half a small pot of créme fraîche with 2-3 teaspoons of horseradish sauce, (or to taste).

When the salmon is done, place on top of the salad and spoon as much of the dressing over as you would like.

Enjoy!  This would be lovely with a bottle of chilled white wine.

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