Semi oven dried tomatoes.

I prefer semi dried tomatoes to fully dried ones. They are much more flavorful than the often leathery and chewy dried tomatoes. In a salad they are unbeatable, with pasta unforgettable and as a crostini for apero with a glass of wine , just delightful. I don’t give quantities in this recipe, it depends on how many tomatoes you have on hand. I used tomatoes from our potager which is bountiful at the moment. So come on, make your summer linger a bit longer and dry some seasonal tomatoes, from your own vegetable patch or from the market!

Recipe:

  • plum or roma tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil and sunflower oil
  • dried provencal herbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 130 degrees C.
  2. Line baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Wash and dry the tomatoes, cut in half and remove the seeds.
  4. Place the tomatoes in rows, cut side up on to the baking trays.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for about 2 hours or until the tomatoes start to curl up at the sides. Turn the heat down to 100 degr C and bake for another hour. Keep an eye on the tomatoes from now on so they don’t burn.
  7. Remove from the oven, leave to cool and add tightly packed to glass jars with lids and fill with olive oil or a mix of olive oil and sunflower oil, Store in fridge. ( Will keep for about 2-3 weeks) Use the oil for cooking or vinaigrette.

In the potager.

Tomatoes from the potager.

Wash and dry the tomatoes.

Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.

Place cut side up onto baking tray.

Oats and coconut cookies and a christmas tree.

These old fashioned cookies are from my childhood. My mom believed they were healthy so we ate them throughout the year. They are simple to make and delicious to eat. Everybody loves them.

Oats and coconut cookies

  • 1 c butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 c flour
  • 4 c oats
  • 3 c dessicated coconut
  • 11/2 c sugar
  • salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Grease a baking tin, 30x35cm with butter and and line with brown paper.
  3. Mix the flour, oats, coconut, sugar and salt.
  4. Melt the butter and sugar . Add the milk and bicarbote of soda.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Press the mixture into the greased baking tin and bake for about 25 minutes until the top is golden brown. Cut into squares while warm and leave to cool beofre removing the squares from the baking tin.

Christmas in our house starts on 1 December. We play some christmas music while decorating the tree and finish off with a nice dinner en famille.