I have been roundly chastised by my VBF Freak for being remiss in my blogging duties of late. To be fair, I was on my holidays in the lovely France and I managed to write two posts when I was there... and I've enough material from the trip to make another 10 posts!
The day before we set sail, I got a lovely present in the post - Catherine Fulvio's new book Catherine's Italian Kitchen and I decided to bring her on holidays with me - I should have really titled this "How I Kidnapped Catherine & Brought Her To France" but that might have attracted the wrong type of attention! While in the splendour of our teeny tiny mobile home kitchenette, I did make her Tomato Fettunta which is a very delicious bruschetta, using the fantastic tomatoes from the local supermarket. French supermarkets put us to shame with the range and variety of fresh produce they have - wandering around them is one of my favourite things to do on holiday, figuring out what we're going to eat that day for lunch & dinner.
The recipe is written in a really clear and easy to understand way, so I had no problem following it (while watching TV on the laptop propped on the draining rack!).
Then I heated 2 tbsp of olive oil in my largest pot, added the finely chopped onion & 3 chopped cloves of garlic and sauteed them on a very gentle heat until they softened & were translucent. Then it was tomato time - I added them to the pot, along with a small bunch of torn basil leaves & 2 sprigs of thyme.
I seasoned the tomatoes with salt, pepper & sugar and let it simmer for 30 minutes until it looked like this
I then added a litre of chicken stock & let it simmer for 5 minutes and then gave it a blast of my stick blender so it was nice & smooth, and checked the seasoning - just another dash of sugar!
Doesn't it look lovely with the little basil leaf floating on top?
And an empty cup means a happy cook!
Now I have to give the recipe to my Mum so she can use up her share of the glut of tomatoes...