Peter’s Wet Polenta and Tomato Layers

Once I had a lovely older Italian man as a hairdresser. He was amazing. As we molded my hair into some shape and varied colour upon colour, we discussed cooking, fashion and food. Sometimes with a glass of champagne. He was very special and he gave me this great family polenta recipe.

Are you looking for Polenta recipes? Read about Polenta, then have a look at How to Cook Polenta and then try Onion and Chilli Polenta and Grilled Polenta.

Or are you looking for Italian recipes? Try White Bean Soup, Farinata with Onions and Tomatoes, and Roast Pumpkin Risotto.

Please browse all of our Polenta recipes here and here. Our Italian recipes can be explored here. Or simply visit our Early Spring recipes.

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Spiced Tomato Puree

Keep this in the freezer for the times you need tomato puree.

A gift of home grown organic tomatoes, a surfeit in fact, had me reaching for my heavy Italian style pans to make some spiced tomato puree.

The beauty of this dish is that it can be sealed into jars and kept in the fridge for a week or two, or frozen in containers or ziplock bags for later use. It is great with pasta or stirred into dishes – curries, vegetable stews, sauces, dressings, dips, soups etc.

It takes about 30 mins to prep and cook – it is great to make on a Sunday morning in that lazy atmosphere that envelops the house on this day. Read with a cuppa coffee while the sauce bubbles away on the stove.

This is a beautifully simply recipe. You might also like to try this one. It is one that I make and freeze in Autumn. See how to preserve tomatoes for Winter. Or explore all of our Tomato recipes here and here.

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Tomato and Chilli Jam

A spicy sauce for all kinds of uses.

Welcome to the world of chillies. Where would I be without them? Indeed, lost in the culinary wilderness. A Tomato and Chilli Jam (jam in the loosest sense, more like a thick sauce) is another way to enjoy their wonderful heat, but with a touch of sweetness.

The jam is a great addition to any dish – tonight, for example, a pasta sauce of blended rocket, peas, grilled eggplant with a generous dollop of the Tomato Chilli Jam makes a wonderful, very late, Australia Day supper.

A wonderful accompaniment to dishes, served like a chutney. With dosa or other flatbread. With a stirfried vegetable or tofu dish, stirred into a soup that wants a little more spice, smeared over pizza or farinata.  Spread very thinly on toast and topped with bocconcini, fresh greens and herbs. Over plain rice. In a salad dressing. Drizzled over steamed or baked vegetables.

The possibilities are endless.

Although the recipe specifies fresh red chillies, for a layering of flavours I use 1 dried chilli, 1 red chilli and one green. I find using 3 chillies gives a wonderfully spicy sauce, but if you would like a milder sauce, use 2 chillies.

Are you looking for other Dips and Spreads? Try White Bean, Sage and Roasted Garlic Spread, and Salty, Garlicky Labneh. Ousbacks Roasted Red Pepper and Apple Relish is great too.

You might also like to browse our collection of recipes featuring chillies, and our tomato recipes. We have several tomato pastes and purees for you to try. Or see the things that we make from tomatoes and freeze for winter. Lastly, browse our Early Autumn collection of recipes.

Tomato and Chilli Jam Recipe

Tomato and Chilli Jam

Source : inspired by an old recipe
Cuisine: Italian?
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Keeps: 2-4 weeks in the fridge, depending how you use it. Unopened jars will keep longer. It can be frozen.

ingredients
1 kg ripe tomatoes
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 fresh red chillies, finely chopped, or 1 dried and two fresh chillies or to suit your taste
3 – 4 cloves, or medium pinch powdered cloves
1/3 cup (60g – 65g) firmly packed brown sugar or granular jaggery
0.25 cup white-wine vinegar
1 tspn sea salt
black pepper, to taste

method
Combine all ingredients in a large pan, including the salt and pepper. Stir over low heat without boiling until the sugar dissolves. Then bring to the boil and simmer uncovered over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.

If you prefer a smoother sauce, you can blend the mixture using a blender, food processor or immersion blender.

Spoon into sterilised jars. Seal while the mixture is still hot, and store in a cool dark place or the refrigerator. After opening, keep in the fridge.

Enjoy!

Tomato and Chilli Jam

This dish has become a firm favourite in Autumn. A couple of kg of tomatoes take just 45 minutes to turn into Tomato and Chilli Jam, and much of that goes into the freezer. Some is gifted to friends, and some – well, it gets eaten by the spoonful. It also makes a wonderful chutney, tomato chilli sauce, and a spread on toast, topping (for example) some roasted eggplant.

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How to Make Italian Tomato Paste

Every Autumn the wonderful juicy autumnal tomatoes are used to make tomato paste, which is then frozen in small bits, ready to bring out and pop into any dish that needs it. It lasts all winter.

Ii is usually stored in individual small containers, but it could be frozen in an icecube tray and then put the cubes into ziplock bags. The cubes will be ready for you to pop straight into the pan when required.

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