Recipe: Tomato & Corgette Risotto

This is a very flexible recipe to which you can add more or less any of the summer vegetables you have (french beans for example)

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 400g ripe tomatoes
  • Additional Cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1-2 courgettes
  • 200g risotto rice
  • 1/2 Onion
  • Garlic to taste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 500ml vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • Oil for frying
  • Grated Parmesan

Method

  1. Finely dice the onion and put it to fry with the oil over a low heat in a wide frying pan.
  2. Fry gently until soft (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add the garlic & coriander seeds
  4. Stir in the rice until all coated with oil and onion
  5. Add half the stock and simmer gently
  6. Meanwhile skin the tomatoes by scoring them and putting them in boiling water for a minute or two and dice them.
  7. If you want, you can remove the seeds (but keep the juice it adds flavour).
  8. Add the chopped tomatoes and juice to the pan and simmer until all the tomato juice is absorbed
  9. Meanwhile put the chopped courgettes and cherry tomatoes in a roasting pan in the oven at 180/200C and roast for 10-12 minutes until just soft
  10. Add the remaining stock to the rice and continue to simmer until its all absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  11. When the rice is cooked stir in the parmesan and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Server topped with the courgettes and cherry tomatoes

There you go, about 30-40 minutes from start to end and the risotto using tomatoes & courgettes.

As far as we can see, you can stir in any vegetables you have, just cut them up so they will cook either in the oven with the cherry tomatoes or in the rice base.

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Recipe: Tomato Risotto

A quick and easy risotto that uses plenty of tomatoes and so is good during August when there are plenty of ripe tomatoes coming from the garden.

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 250g - 400g ripe tomatoes
  • 200g Risotto Rice
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 500ml vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • Grated Parmesan
  • 50ml Red wine (optional)

Method

  1. Finley dice the onion and put it to fry with the oil over a low heat in a wide frying pan.
  2. Fry gently until soft (about 10 minutes).
  3. If you want to be proper, heat the stock in a separate pan so that you can add it a bit at a time.
  4. Meanwhile skin the tomatoes by scoring them and putting them in boiling water for a minute or two and dice them.
  5. If you want, you can remove the seeds (but keep the juice it adds flavour).
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and juice to the onions and fry until it forms a thick paste.
  7. Add the rice, rosemary and seasoning.
  8. Then (to do it properly) you can add a couple of ladles of stock and simmer it until its all absorbed into the rice then repeat with more stock until the rice is cooked and tender (about 20 minutes). Or, you can do as we do which is to add all the stock and simmer it gently, stirring occasionally until the stock is absorbed and the rice is tender. Personally I haven't ever been able to tell the difference.
  9. When the rice is cooked stir in the parmesan, serve and sprinkle some more parmesan over the risotto.

There you go, about 30-40 minutes from start to end and a thick, creamy risotto using lots of tomatoes.

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2018 Update

Simple announcement, I’ve now updated the list of tomato cultivars to include those I’ve grown in 2018. That brings to 161 the number listed.

2018 has been a somewhat peculiar year, the tomatoes are early because of the weather. Which is probably a good job because I didn’t do much in the way of thinning out this year and so I have a mess of plants in the greenhouses. I’ve also grown a lot of cultivars that I didn’t know what they were going to be so its been fun finding out what they looked & tasted like. A few pleasant surprises.

Best taste: Moonglow, Artisan Pink Tiger, Darby Striped

Biggest: Moonglow, Carotina, True Black Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter

Disappointment: Peacevine (split on picking), White Zebra (lots of Blossom End Rot)

However, even they were good to eat.

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Tomato Pink Tiger (Artisan Pink Tiger)

A pointed, red and pink striped open pollinated tomato on indeterminate plants.

Description

We got this from the 2017 seed swap (possibly from the same source as Blush Tiger) and again it was a pleasant surprise (well, less of a surprise following Blush last year).

I presume its part of the family of tomatoes bred by Fred Hempel in California and released into the market in 2011. The pink/red stripe fruits are the same shape as Blush and but the flesh is pink with a similar (as far as I remember) outstanding flavour. Mildly Sweet and with complex flavours in the background it immediately struck our grandchildren as something nice to eat. They are best eaten on their own (they’re too delicate for cooking and get swamped by other sharper flavours if you eat them in a salad).

It cropped relatively heavily with many fruit on a truss. The plant itself was similarly uncontrollable, with many vines growing in all directions.

A tomato we have grown again and would recommend you to try.

Its one of the "Artisan" family of seeds. If the rest are all this good, life is better.

Artisan Pink Tiger
Artisan Pink Tiger
Artisan Pink Tiger
Artisan Pink Tiger

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Salad
  • Fruit Shape: Oval/Pointed
  • Fruit Size: Small/Medium
  • Fruit Colour: Pink/Red Stripe
  • Flesh Colour: Pink
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated?
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid
  • Taste: Sweet/Mild Complex
  • Fruit per Truss: 10-15
  • Truss Spacing: 12-18 inches
  • Alternatives:
  • Our Source: 2017 Seed Swap

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Tomato Lima Korai

Red, Plum shaped paste/salad tomato on Indeterminate plants.

Description

Grown for the first time in 2018 with seeds from a seed swap, we were interested to see how this grew.

These plum shaped tomatoes were halfway in size between King Humbert and Radana. My guess is that they are a small paste tomato because (although there was some juice in the fruit) their taste was somewhat bland and the plants were not especially productive.

At least they didn't get Blossom End Rot or split, both of which seem to have been problems through 2018.

Not one I would grow again, simply because there are lots of similar tomatoes and it didn't leave me desperately wanting to eat them in preference to most of the cherry tomatoes.

Lima Korai - 2018
Lima Korai - 2018
Lima Korai - 2018
Lima Korai - 2018

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Paste
  • Fruit Shape: Plum
  • Fruit Size: 1 - 1.5 inches
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early/Mid (65-70 days)
  • Taste: Cooking
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches
  • Alternatives: King Humbert, Kibits Ukranian
  • Our Source: 2017 Seed Swap

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Tomato Radana

Red, Small Plum shaped paste/salad tomato on Indeterminate plants.

Description

Grown for the first time in 2018 with seeds from a seed swap, we were interested to see how this grew.

The small plum shaped tomatoes (about the same size as Principe Borghese) grew well on a relatively vigorous indeterminate vine. Smaller than most of the paste tomatoes, Radana is suitable for both salads and cooking, not to juicy with a reasonable taste (not as sharp as round cherry tomatoes, much the same flavour as most of the medium sized tomatoes and at least as good as anything you can buy in the supermarket).

Would I grow them again? Possibly but there are other tastier tomatoes.

Radana - 2018
Radana - 2018
Radana - 2018
Radana - 2018
Radana - 2018
Radana - 2018

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Salad/Paste
  • Fruit Shape: Plum
  • Fruit Size: 1 inch
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early/Mid (65-70 days)
  • Taste: Cooking & Salad
  • Fruit per Truss: 6-10
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Principe Borghese
  • Our Source: 2017 Seed Swap

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Tomato Vince

Yellow bell shaped open pollinated tomato on indeterminate plants.

Description

Vince has yellow, bell-pepper shaped tomatoes with a large cavity and seeds concentrated into a clump in the middle, very similar to Yellow Stuffer. The indeterminate, regular-leafed, plants produce bell-pepper shaped fruit, ideal for stuffing as they are strong walled and nearly empty of seeds.

In 2018 they started producing in the middle of August and seem to be going on.

Just cut the top off and stuff with any mixture that you would use for stuffed bell-peppers. Served with red or green peppers, this makes an interesting meal.

Vince - 2018
Vince - 2018
Vince - 2018
Vince - 2018
Vince - 2018
Vince - 2018

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Paste/Cooking
  • Fruit Shape: Bell Pepper
  • Fruit Size: Medium
  • Fruit Colour: Yellow
  • Flesh Colour: Yellow
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid
  • Taste: Bland/Sweet (good for stuffing)
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-10
  • Truss Spacing: 15-24 inches
  • Alternatives: Yellow Stuffer
  • Our Source: Seed swap 2017

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Tomato Carotina

Large Orange tomato on Indeterminate vines.

Description

Grown for the first time in 2018 with seeds from a seed swap, we were interested to see how this grew.

An excellent large orange tomato with a superb rich citrusy flavour. According to the web, its one of the parent of Caro Orange (a cultivar we haven't grown ourselves) although (in my opinion) its certainly good enough to stand on its own feet.

It cropped well and tastes good enough cooked or uncooked. Not quite as sweet as Summer Cider, it is nonetheless one of those tomatoes that will be added to the list of regular growers.

Despite the heat in 2018, it didn't start cropping until late August but its an excellent tomato.

Carotina
Carotina

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: 3-4 inch
  • Fruit Colour: Orange
  • Flesh Colour: Orange
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid (70-80 days)
  • Taste: Rich
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Summer Cider
  • Our Source: 2017 Seed Swap

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Tomato Big Rainbow

Bicoloured Red and Orange beefsteak tomato on Indeterminate vines.

Description

Grown for the first time in 2018 with seeds from a seed swap, we were interested to see how this grew.

A lovely bi-coloured fruit with a rich and somehow creamy taste which is very similar to Marvel Stripes so again its one of those occasions where a grow-off is needed to do a fair comparison to work out which (if either) is preferable.

Looking back at the pictures of Marvel Stripe, Big Rainbow doesn't look quite as large. However, the crop looks like we're going to get more fruit and (being a hot year) its possible that ripening more quickly has meant that the fruit are smaller.

Space, space I want to grow this again.

Big Rainbow
Big Rainbow
Big Rainbow

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Beefsteak
  • Fruit Shape: Boatshaped
  • Fruit Size: 3-4 inch
  • Fruit Colour: Red/Orange Stripe
  • Flesh Colour: Orange
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early/Mid (65-70 days)
  • Taste: Rich
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Marvel Stripe
  • Our Source: 2017 Seed Swap

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Tomato Halina

Medium sized pink beefsteak on indeterminate vines.

Description

Grown for the first time in 2018 with seeds from a seed swap, we were interested to see how this grew.

Its hard to find any information on the web about Halina and the source seems to suggest that its a saved F1 Hybrid so I don't know if its reverted to type or if that's what they look like normally.

However, its a pinl/red boatshaped beefsteak, very similar to Pink Brandywine and Mortgage Lifter. As such its good for cooking (having lots of flesh) and it tastes good for salads and sandwiches.

The only problem is to compare it accurately to these as 2018 was a good year for tomatoes (hot and sunny) so everything came earlier than might be the case in more "normal" years.

I liked it and will add it to the list of Pink Beefsteak tomatoes (Pink Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Big Beef, Box Car Willie, Hendersons Wins All)

Halina
Halina

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Beefsteak
  • Fruit Shape: Boatshaped
  • Fruit Size: 3-4 inch
  • Fruit Colour: Pink
  • Flesh Colour: Pink
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early/Mid (65-70 days)
  • Taste: Rich
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Pink Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Big Beef, Box Car Willie, Hendersons Wins All,
  • Our Source: 2017 Seed Swap

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