This brightly flavoured condiment traditionally highlights the delicate flavours of fish with the energetic punch of sharp horseradish and bright lemon. Try it. You’ll forget you ever met its bland, sugar-laden, store-bought cousins.
Yield: Makes 1 large jar, 4 cups
1 28 ounce can whole ripe tomatoes
1 5.5 ounce can tomato paste
several large heaping spoonfuls horseradish
2 lemons, zest and juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
as much as you like Tabasco Sauce
a sprinkle or two salt
Blend everything in a food processor or blender. Not too smooth though; leave it slightly chunky.
Unless it’s tomato season in my backyard, I prefer the field-ripe flavour of canned tomatoes to the bland hardness of their fresh cousins. For a touch of complementary herb flavour, add a handful of minced fresh dill, cilantro or basil.
A jar packed with freshly tossed salsa, full of juicy ripe tomatoes and aromatic flavours, is easy to make and easy to enjoy. Sweet tomatoes, sour limes, aromatic herbs, salt and spicy pepper all balance each other in a vibrant harmony of tastes. A good salsa doesn’t ruin your day with too much spicy heat; it brightens it with just enough.
A traditional pesto genovese is made with loads of fresh basil, but by no means do you have to stick by tradition. This version has been jazzed up with pungent sun-dried tomatoes. Pesto means paste, and it can have infinite variations based on what inspires you. Switch up the nuts or cheese, add some herbs or spices, or zip it up with some hot sauce.