I love it when you can step out to the backyard and build a proper hearty meal from what is growing only meters from the kitchen. After all the rain we had on Sunday there were a few Roma tomatoes that had split during the day, so I picked those, plus a few more and headed inside to cook dinner.
This meal is as simple and fresh as it gets. Take your backyard tomatoes picked a minute ago, pour boiling water over them and let them sit in a bowl for a minute. Score the bottom of each tomato with a sharp knife and the skin will pretty much slip off.
Add to a pot on low-medium heat with a clove of minced backyard garlic. Crush the tomatoes with a potato masher and let it cook a while to thicken up. Just before it is ready, add a small amount of backyard herbs – parsley, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and basil. I say “small” because I only just want to be able to detect their presence over the fresh tomatoes, and no more.
Season to taste with a pinch of sugar, and a good grind of salt and pepper. Spoon the sauce over some pasta and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
This meal may not be awarded a perfect score on “My Kitchen Rules” but it is real, honest food, and something you can be very proud of. If you’ve got some tomatoes and herbs growing in your backyard, give it a go, and see if you aren’t still thinking about it the next day too.