Our tomatoes are ripening at last. We only grow outdoors so have to hang on a little longer than anyone with a greenhouse.
I still have this cutting from ‘Stella’ in 2010. It comes out as soon as we have enough ripe fruit for the recipe. A glorious combination of Diana Henry food and Susy Atkins wine. Irresistible stuff.
The recipe does not appear in any of Diana Henry’s cookbooks but is available online.
What? No… just for once bloomin’ well Google it for yourself!
As you prepare onions and caramelise sugar syrup it becomes obvious that you are in for a treat. Oh, grow some herbs. Fingers and nostrils stained with thyme from picking and chopping is another small but wonderful signal that something good is happening in your kitchen.
Susy Atkins’ wine match suggestions always sound infinitely sensible but I decided to go with what we had and paired the tarte with a recent purchase from Lidl. Fruity and aromatic it was. With enough acidity to keep the whole experience in savoury territory.
Here is the finished article with some chunks from a rolled log of French goat’s cheese. A few wedges of roasted beetroot and green salad from our raised beds as well. Pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil completed what was a simply splendid way to celebrate our first tomato harvest.
Diana Henry offers up “A VINE ROMANCE”
I call it a marriage made in heaven.