And lets see I've gotten into making my own jams,jellies and pickles and oh wait must not forget the almond butter! I really loved that,that was just some fine almond butter.You would think by making all these condiments I don't by them at the grocery store anymore,weeellll...not really I don't but when it comes to dollars I think I break even. One thing though,when it come to taste I have hit the jackpot.
A few months ago,we had just gotten the house and I knew that very soon there would be a spell where I didn't a. didn't feel like cooking elaborate meals, b. might not have all the ingredients to cook elaborate meals, and/or c. wouldn't have all the time in the world to cook elaborate meals.
The iheartcookingclubs group had just voted on Jamie Oliver as our next chef ,I ordered a couple Jamie Oliver cookbooks online and when they came in the mail I WAS OFF!! I like his style and am still getting used to his recipe format. One thing I have fallen completely for is his tomato sauce recipe ( and you thought I was gonna say his lovely British accent...not bad though).So this is my contribution for the Potluck theme this week and in a few weeks I'll wirte about the roasted chicken with rosemary and olives recipe that I used the tomato sauce in until then...
Gather together 2-3 cans of good plum tomatoes,I like Cento.
Round up the rest of your ingredients: dried oregano,(he asked for fresh,I had dried) red chile and 3 garlic cloves.(Oh yes,in the book he says either the oregano or some chopped basil stalks...it's summertime and basil is now alive and well,hello I might make this sauce again with the basil stalks,look out!)
A few simple steps later you have divine (like buttah) homemade tomato sauce. fine,fine fine,pot full of tomato goodness.
Simple Tomato Sauce
adapted from Jamie's Dinners
written by Jamie Oliver
2-3 cans good plum tomatoes
2-3 cloves garlic
pinch of dried oregano
fresh or dried red chile
swig of red wine vinegar
1. In a large pot heat some olive oil over medium heat,gently fry the garlic,oregano and chile.Add the whole tomatoes cook for a minute or so,reduce the heat and lightly season with salt and pepper.Gently simmer for 30 minutes,remove the chile.
2. Mush up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon ( or a quick go with the handy immersion blender) and add a swig of red wine vinegar for some twang. Taste and season carefully with salt and pepper again and TA-sa! you have homemade tomato sauce. Enjoy!