|bad split tomatoes - two of many|
It is a tough tomato season in Sydney. Since planting in early October - a full month later than I usually plant because it was cold (for Sydney) - I have had lots of leafy growth, slow flower set and then flowers that were not pollinated becasue it was "too cold for the bees" , at least that's what the gardening show on Saturday morning on 702 ABC Radio said. Then lots of fruit not ripening becaue of no sun and mild weather! While I have been picking, there are still so many to turn. And today, a day of nothing but rain, means that anything struggling to ripen will have split! That's the bad splitting tomato.
Good split tomatoes? Well that was dinner. Damn! I didnt take a photo!
Tomato herb pasta
lots of cherry and berry tomatoes*
fresh herbs, whatever you've got I used basil*, parsley*, thyme*, oregano*
Kalamata olives cut into thin bits
dried chilli flakes
Heat oven. Prepare a baking tray with olive oil. Prick lots of cherry and berry tomatoes and place in the baking tray. Pop in oven until they have started to split and wilt but are still round and juicy.
In the meantime put the pasta on, cut up herbs, garlic and olives. Heat some oil in a pan and cook garlic a little. Remove and mix all ingredients together (oil, garlic, herbs, olives, tomatoes). Mix through pasta.
Serve with parmesan and ground black pepper and eat. Yum! Good split tomatoes!