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Old 07-18-2005, 09:38 AM   #1
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Tomatoes, suitable for a lunch or supper dish



Tomatoes with French cheese and pine nuts

Halve 6 large tomatoes (we have a wonderful variety called Jack Hawkins... truly taste like tomatoes USED to taste!) and place cut side up in a shallow, oiled baking dish. Add plenty of ground black pepper. Crumble about 100g Roquefort into small pieces and scatter over. Mix 3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs and 25g pine kernels. Moisten with 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle over the tomatoes. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C, gas mark 5, for 20-25 minutes.

Great with garlic bread and/or a green salad.

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Old 07-18-2005, 10:13 AM   #2
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This sounds divine. I love tomatoes. It seems to me it's hard to find really nice ones at a regular supermarket in this land of plenty. I grow my own every year, but I haven't been paying enough attention to my wee garden, and I'm afraid this year's crop is not very good. I will go in search of some good tomatoes, and if I can find them, would like to try to make this dish some time this week. -Sandyj
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:28 AM   #3
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We grow tomatoes in the garden, but our local supermarket sells the wonderful HUGE 'Jack Hawkins'... The flavour is just divine. Wonderful just sliced and sprinkled with salt and pepper and eaten on good French bread with a little torn basil on top! YUM.
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:40 AM   #4
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We grow tomatoes in the garden, but our local supermarket sells the wonderful HUGE 'Jack Hawkins'... The flavour is just divine. Wonderful just sliced and sprinkled with salt and pepper and eaten on good French bread with a little torn basil on top! YUM.
I was up near Toronto (Burlington, actually) a couple of weeks ago, and my niece took me to her local supermarket, a place called "Fortino's". Wow, what a lovely selection of fresh vegetables they had. The prices were also quite a bit less expensive than what I find here in Northern New Jersey. They also had a huge selection of spices, cheeses and a very good bakery. It puts our local supermarkets to shame. I would almost consider moving! (I'll look out for the tomatoes you recommend) -Sandyj
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:54 AM   #5
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Generally, visitors find food in the UK to be very expensive. My sister (from Australia) winces everytime she visits and we go round the supermarket.

But, I pay what it takes to buy the food I want. No good wincing at the the prices! Quality costs, doesn't it? It doesn't mean that I buy only expensive food, but I do buy mostly organic produce - meat and fish, too. The best way to keep the costs down are to eat local foods, in season. Which is why we tend to only eat asparagus in late May/June and early July - the British season. I've seen asparagus in the shops in December and February - but grown in places as far flung as Paraguay and Kenya - oh and Florida and Mexico!
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Old 07-18-2005, 11:53 AM   #6
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Try it with some brie cheese and thyme, cooked the same way - heavenly!
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Old 07-18-2005, 12:25 PM   #7
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Sounds great, Marmalady.
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Old 07-18-2005, 07:59 PM   #8
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Tomatoes with French cheese and pine nuts

Halve 6 large tomatoes (we have a wonderful variety called Jack Hawkins... truly taste like tomatoes USED to taste!) and place cut side up in a shallow, oiled baking dish. Add plenty of ground black pepper. Crumble about 100g Roquefort into small pieces and scatter over. Mix 3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs and 25g pine kernels. Moisten with 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle over the tomatoes. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C, gas mark 5, for 20-25 minutes.

Great with garlic bread and/or a green salad.
Ishbel,
I think this if wonderful and I can hardly wait to try it..I'm a tomato NUT big time so I know I'm going to use this time after time.. Thank you for posting..
kadesma, drooling already
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Wonderful just sliced and sprinkled with salt and pepper and eaten on good French bread with a little torn basil on top! YUM.
I love them like that. I use celery salt.
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Old 07-19-2005, 02:01 AM   #10
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My tomatoes should be starting to come in next week, and this sounds great. Around here the only tomatoes that have any flavor year-round are cherry/grape and other miniature varieties. So when my tomatoes come in, I'm in heaven. This year I have two "early girls" (our season is short, and these work) in the ground, and Italian plums in a couple of tubs. Some are just getting a hint of blush, so they'll be ready soon.
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