Homemade Tomato Sauce / Ketchup

Back in March I was on a mission!  I needed to replenish my larder with all things tomato!  Fortunately I was able to source locally grown tomatoes, as my tomato crop, while consistent this year, was not abundant.  So with 50 kg of tomatoes in the kitchen, it was time to get to work. 

A few tomatoes ready and waiting…

Right at the top of the list was my homemade tomato sauce, also known as ketchup to many, but here in Australia, it’s tomato sauce.   This sauce is so popular, that I always need to ensure that I make enough not only for us, but for the greater family, and also friends.  In fact last year, our son, Christopher, Gary and I made the sauce, bottling it up in little bottles, as part of the bonbonniere for Chrisotpher and Olivia’s wedding.  It was such fun working with him and his dad to produce this little treat for their guests to take home. Continue reading

Easter – Outdoors – Family

Easter was fabulous.

Our grandson Cooper come to visit from the Tuesday prior.  While he was here, and before everyone else arrived, we made Easter Bunny Pots, and my only real input was making the bunnies feet and assisting with the gluing.  It was a great fun activity, where we had to go in search of everything needed for the project, including the packets of seeds and pots from the local hardware.  When they were finished, he proudly put them out for photos, before hiding them to surprise everyone on Easter Sunday morning.  He was such a proud little man handing them out to his family.

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Sour Cream and Pesto

Looking for a simple soup to make for our Sunday evening meal, this was perfect.  I used home canned/preserved Roma tomatoes from the larder, homemade chicken stock from the freezer, homegrown garlic and thyme, and pantry staples – onion, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar.  With homemade pesto and some sour cream in the fridge, I couldn’t help but gild the lily…

When writing up the recipe, I chose to change out the home canned/preserved tomatoes for what most have easy access to, that is store bought canned tomatoes.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Sour Cream and Pesto
Created from a few simple ingredients on hand - from the larder, the freezer and the garden.
Author: sbaskitchen
  • 2 x 400g cans of Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic sliced
  • sprig of thyme
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and sugar to season
  • 250 ml chicken stock
  • Sour cream or crème fraîche to finish
  • Basil pesto to finish
  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C.
  2. Lightly grease a baking dish that is large enough to hold all ingredients.

  3. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic and thyme into the baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and season lightly with salt, pepper and sugar.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, add the chicken stock, and then return back to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
  6. When done, remove the sprig of thyme and carefully remove the leaves from the sprig adding them to the tomato mixture (it will be hot, but once removed cools quickly.
  7. Allow the tomato mixture to cool a little and then carefully pour it into a blender and process until smooth and creamy.

  8. Check seasoning, adjusting if necessary.

  9. Serve hot in individual bowls with a dollop each of sour cream and basil pesto.

If you do not have sour cream and/or basil pesto, a simple drizzle of extra virgin olive oil would also be the perfect finish for this delicious soup.


Until next time…

Bon appétit!


In denial!

Lockdown number 5, winter, dull days and cold weather…

The COVID lockdown I can deal with.  Its supposed to be a short one, just five days, we will see…

Winter and cold weather are another thing!  I cannot cope with the cold weather, the shorter daylight hours, dull days, oh, and did I mention the cold…  I know we are now on the right side of the solstice and the days are getting longer, but last night I was in denial… I needed warm weather and warm weather food that would suit a cold winter’s night.

So with dodgy tomatoes on hand, some sad looking basil that needed to be used up, I decided to try and make a flavourful tomato soup.  I started with a recipe, but that soon went out of the window!  Winter tomatoes are nothing short of sad and flavourless – nevertheless they needed to be used, and I needed  a touch of summer.  So with garlic, red onions, dodgy winter tomatoes, sad basil, and some tomato paste, I set to work. Continue reading