Following the success of the broccoli and carrot recipes, I thought I would continue with the tomato. Is it a vegetable or a fruit? Well actually, botanically it is a fruit, but for its nutritional value it has been categorized as a vegetable.

Tomatoes are available in Spain all year round and feature in many of their recipes. Like all vegetables, tomatoes are good for us and especially benefit the heart because they contain Lycopene, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Scientists have also recognised that tomatoes help to prevent prostate cancer, especially when the tomatoes are cooked.

Spain even has a festival celebrated every year in Bunol called La Tomatina centred round an enormous tomato fight. Below are just a few recipes to try and my favourite is the mint tomato with cheese.
Buen Apetito

Mint Tomato With Cheese

4 beef tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
100g stoned black olives
200g goat’s cheese
Salt and pepper
1 tsp lemon juice
6 tbsp olive oil
1 teabag peppermint tea

Slice tomatoes and lay slices into a dish. Chop garlic and sprinkle over tomatoes. Cut olives in half and add. Finally crumble goat’s cheese over tomatoes. Pour over lemon juice, add tea bag leaves to the olive oil and pour over tomatoes. Bake for 30 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Great dish with BBQ’s or salads.


I pizza base
I onion
I clove of garlic
6 tbsp tomato puree
1 can plum tomatoes
300g Mozzarella cheese
Oregano and thyme

Peel and slice onions and garlic and fry in olive oil until soft. Add tomato puree and canned tomatoes, then oregano and thyme. Simmer for 20 minutes until mixture thickens. Spread mixture over pizza base and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until crispy.

Tomato and Cheese Tart

200g full fat soft cheese
75g butter
2 whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
10ml mustard
225g plain flour
450g ripe tomatoes
75ml milk
Salt and pepper

Beat half the cheese with butter egg yolk and mustard. Mix into flour and then knead until smooth. Roll out pastry and line a tin. Bake at 200º for 10 to 15 minutes until set. Meanwhile skin tomatoes and cut into wedges. Whisk together the eggs, remaining cheese, milk and rosemary and seasoning. Arrange tomatoes in flan case and pour over mixture. Bake on 180º for 30 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Tomatoes with Roquefort

6 beef tomatoes
1 onion
Mixed herbs to taste
1 clove garlic
4 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
50g Roquefort cheese
1 slice of white bread

Keep 4 tomatoes to one side and put the rest in a pan and cover with boiling water and leave for 1 minute. Score the skin and remove skins, dice and chop. Peel onion and garlic and chop finely. Heat oil and fry onion and garlic for 2 minutes, add seasoning and mixed herbs. Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes. Scoop out the seeds from the 4 saved tomatoes. Crumble the cheese and stir into the tomato mix. Remove crusts from bread and crumble into the mix. Spoon mix into the tomato cases and stand in a dish with a small amount of water in the bottom. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the topping is crisp.

Tomato Omelette

2 lg eggs
4 tomatoes
1 small onion
Garlic chopped

Skin and chop tomatoes and fry in a little oil with onion (optional) and rosemary and garlic until soft. Whisk eggs until broken down but not too fluffy. Season with salt and pepper. Place pan on a gentle heat and add butter and when melted add eggs. Stir gently with a fork or wooden spatula bringing the cooked eggs into the centre of the pan. Once cooked, add the tomato mixture into centre of omelette and fold over. Serve immediately.