As summer lengthens there are certain ingredients just reaching their peak.
The last tomatoes picked can often times be the best - since they start growing in midsummer, these later season fruits have been "sun drenched" which boosts their flavor.
If your late season tomato crop is abundant........
And unsure what to do with all this copious, fresh and delicious fruit - or vegetable, depending on who you ask!
Did you catch that?
A. Single. Plant.
Maybe your tomato crop isn't quite so abundant as this!
However even if your tomato haul is a fraction, there is always the question - how not to waste excess fruit.
From middle of summer right through to the end of September, locally grown tomatoes are at their peak.
One of the best summer feelings is making tomato sauce from your home grown tomato crop.
Pomarola is a classic Tuscan tradition of using tomatoes and encompasses everything you think of about Italian food: family, seasonality, self-sufficiency and copious amounts of tomatoes.
And even if you have battled (and lost) the fight against marauding gangs of squirrels and the like, you can still make tomato sauce from locally grown produce.
Local farmers market, truck markets and produce stands are awash with the best tastes at the height of summer.
Even your local store often sells homegrown tomatoes by the weight at this time of year.
So if you have been harvesting some big, beautiful juicy red tomatoes faster than you can eat or give them away, try this simple recipe for a quick & easy tomato sauce.
Transform your juicy, glorious summer tomatoes into this simple but wonderfully flavoursome sauce with minimum effort.
The easiest thing to do is to roast a huge tray of backyard tomatoes - and just add wonderful sea salt flakes, garlic and herbs for extra flavor.
In no time the most beautiful smell will start wafting through your house - a sensory marriage of sea salt, garlic, herbs and tomatoes.
Just add hand picked bunch of basil, oregano and rosemary (thyme would also be great) to the tray.
If you could bottle the essence of Italian cooking - this is what you would imagine a Tuscan summer would smell like.
In no time, open the oven and find beautiful trays of roasted tomatoes.
And looks like something from the cover of Epicure.........
Serves 4 – 6
What You Need
Hint: Gather herbs early in the day, after the dew has dried but before the sun bakes the plants' essential oils.
Herb scissors are perfect for adding garnish and cuts without bruising or crushing herbs.
Snip herbs neatly and quickly with the Jenaluca Herb Scissors
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What You Do
Tomatoes and Sea Salt is a match made in culinary heaven.
Even the best home grown tomatoes can be vastly improved with one simple ingredient - and that ingredient is salt.
Salt does more than just season your food— salt actually intensifies the flavour of tomatoes.
If you are going to all the trouble of growing your own fruit and vegetables and cooking the produce for your family - only the best will do.
The soft flaky texture and cleanness of natural Maldon Sea Salt is unsurpassed - it genuinely makes all the difference.
The iconic Maldon Sea Salt Flakes box is adorned with the Royal Warrant of the Queen of England and produced by a 135-year-old family-owned salt works on the southeast coast of England.
Serving Suggestions for Tomato Sauce