Raspberry Roulade

Lesley Holdship - Home Economist, Food Stylist & Recipe Writer

Barbecue bonanza!

Mon, May 24 2010
Now the weather has turned from pretty chilly to so hot, as a family, we don't know what to do with ourselves! Our house is pretty small so being able to spill out into the garden is fabulous. Most evenings we will endeavor to light the barbecue. Harley loves it and I hope that it gives him some good memories when he gets older. It does not have to be a complicated affair, does it? Good ingredients cooked with thought are the items required. Then some family time around the table in the fresh air completes the picture perfectly. We adore tomatoes cooked on the barbie. And the marriage of a vine tomato and some good grilled meat, be it beef, chicken or fish, just cannot be beaten. Plump for some large vine tomatoes, cut in half then season with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper and grill for about ten minutes. But if you want to savour the flavour of these little summer gems try this too…

Cut tomatoes in half and lay on a baking tray. Season each tomato with sea salt, pepper and crushed garlic. Drizzle with a little olive oil then scatter with some herbs like basil, oregano or thyme. Bake at 180°C for 40 minutes or so until the tomatoes are shrunken somewhat but still juicy. Some balsamic vinegar will finish them off nicely then devour with a green salad. And lastly, make sure you have some crusty bread to mop up the tomatoey juices.

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