with Wyevale Garden Centres
It’s been a funny summer in the garden, and my “Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden” project with Wyevale Garden Centres has been a slow process; nearly all of my plants and herbs have thrived, but it’s been a very late harvest, and I still have lots of green tomatoes that may not ripen yet – so, look out for Fried Green Tomatoes and other green tomato recipes! Today’s recipe however, for Heirloom Tomato, Cheese & Herb Galette, was made with luscious red tomatoes from my first harvest two weeks ago…..and, is the perfect light supper (or lunch) dish for all the family, especially as it is quick and easy to make.
The tomato plants, which were planted in pots, did very well as a patio plant, as you can see from the photos, and I am still picking them everyday. I grew several varieties in pots this year – “Moneymaker”, which is a perennial favourite for all gardeners and has a superb flavour; “Sweet Baby”, a prolific cherry tomato this is sweet and juicy and “Roma”, a classic plum tomato which is very fleshy and juicy. I also grew some “Beefsteak” tomatoes in the main garden too. As well as tomatoes, I grew sweet peppers, garlic, rocket, sundry herbs and even some broad beans in pots on the patio, although sadly I lost my broad beans to blackfly.
Today’s recipe is the first in a mini-series of bespoke recipes I am creating for my “Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden” in collaboration with Wyevale Garden Centres, and uses my homegrown tomatoes and oregano. The tomatoes are the main protagonist in this dish, as they should be, and the cheese and oregano just further enhances the sweetness of the tomatoes…..I used three types of tomatoes in this recipe, Moneymaker, Sweet Baby Cherry Tomatoes and a couple of Roma tomatoes too. The open-faced tart was made, cooked and on the table in under forty-five minutes, which we enjoyed with a big bowl of seasonal salad.
My second recipe will be published soon and uses yet more tomatoes, with some of the sweet peppers I also grew in pots; it’s another simple and tasty mid-week dinner idea, using lots of fresh vegetables with ready-cooked rice and chorizo.…..as well as creating several new recipes with my Wyevale Garden Centres plants, I have also used my homegrown tomatoes in tea time classics, such as tomatoes on toast, which is a family favourite here; add a splash of balsamic vinegar towards the end of frying the tomatoes (in butter of course!), and serve them on hot, buttered toast for a quick but satisfying light supper or tea dish.
My recipe for Heirloom Tomato, Cheese & Herb Galette is shared below, and please do keep popping back to see what other new recipes I am sharing, as well as all my travel news, kitchen gossip and latest culinary news. Have a great week, and don’t forget it’s also British Food Fortnight right now, which is a great excuse to promote and eat all things British. I’ll end with a little plug for myself…..a few weeks ago I announced that I had won the Best British Food Blog as voted by the readers of the Great British Food magazine – well, the magazine in which I am featured is now on sale! I hope you will pop out to buy the magazine, which champions all things British! Karen
Wyevale Garden Centres has a fabulous array of plants, seeds and vegetables to choose from, and they offer home delivery too, which is such a convenient service. You can also see their latest news and offers here: FaceBook; Twitter and Instagram
Links to MORE Galette Recipes on Lavender and Lovage:
PS: You can also read about my Best British Food Blog win in their on-line magazine and blog too! K
My second Wyevale Garden Centres recipe, coming soon…..
Sweet Pepper, Chorizo & Tomato Rice