Welcome to the August 2013 Challenge. Topic of this month is... tomatoes.
I gave this challenge the name "La Tomatina", which refers to the annual crazy feast which takes place each last Wednesday of august in Buñol, Spain. The whole village participates in throwing overripe tomatoes at each other, tons of them. This is the moment to throw your tomato recipes into this thread, maybe not at each other and certainly not when you propose the use of canned tomatoes.
Think about what you can do to and with a tomato, it's endless. You can dry them, turn into a puree, boil them, roast them etc.. They can be used in any part of a meal, in a snack, in tapas, in mezze; in cold drinks and cocktails, in amuses like using cherry tomatoes and what not, in hot and cold soups, in hot and cold sauces, in quiches and tarts, as a vessel or important ingredient in main courses, in so many salads like Greek, Italian and, even better, your very own summery version.
Who's showing us how to make ketchup, chutneys, passata, tomato essence, tomato powder. Does anyone make ice-cream or a granita with tomatoes or any other dessert?
As you can see, this challenge is easy and very accessible for anyone.
Enjoy La Tomatina and thanks for participating!