Passata making leaves me with images from Looking For Alibrandi, a big family occasion to gather in the backyard with a huge glut of tomatoes – either from a veggie patch or in bulk from a local green grocer, towards the end of summer. It also leaves me thinking of Australia and the weather – particularly in dreary London weather waiting expectantly for Spring to arrive.
My local market – although it isn’t the right season or bursting with tomatoes, had a few this week which looked almost edible. They definitely aren’t local, and probably not warmed from the sun – but for this ex-pat craving sun, they made do for a few jars of passata.
The three kilos of tomatoes for £2, filled our flat with delicious aromas for a few hours and transported me from miserable London to a sunnier climate.
The recipe I used was from a great Australian based blog I stumbled upon – Tomato.
I adapted the recipe slightly, as I didn’t have a huge box of Roma tomatoes, but the almost three kilos worth I did have turned out 2 jars of very tomato-y passata. The original recipe from Tomato can be found here.
Making this small batch of passata, has me longing to start my little guerrilla veggie patch.