As promised here is the first of our recipes by the wonderful chef Juliet Cain. Juliet specialises in family cooking and has been working closely with Mortimer Nannies for years, teaching our Nannies to be more creative in the kitchen. This recipe is super useful and easy peasy to remember – it is called ‘one’ tomato sauce as there is one of everything in the ingredients list.
Over to you Juliet…….
One Tomato Sauce
“I thought I would share this terrfic tomato sauce recipe as I love it for so many reasons. I have made this in so many disguises for my baby clients and they have always enjoyed it. Here we are in September and there is a glut of gorgeous tomatoes. It’s a great one for “hiding” vegetables if your little people (or perhaps your grown ups) won’t eat them! Very easy to make and also batch cook to freeze in portions. There are so many ways to chop and change this creation into something completley different (I have included a few) and it can be adapted for the grown ups too so no cooking seperate recipes for the whole family. Last but not least it’s tasty and nutritious. I suggest you google Lycopene and cooked tomatoes!
Happy cooking! xx”
Here it is…
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 carrot grated
1 stick celery chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tin chopped tomatoes or around 400g fresh tomatoes chopped
1 tablespoon tomato puree
100ml vegetable stock (no salt)
One dash of balsamic vinegar
This will make enough for 4 generous portions for your child
This will keep in the fridge safely for 2 days and also freezes well
Gather all the ingredients and prepare.
Heat the oil over a medim heat in a saucepan.
Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic to the oil and cook gently stirring now and then so that the
vegetables don’t brown but until the onions have turned translucent and soft – about 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock and vinegar. Give the sauce a good stir. Cover the pan with a lid and
simmer on a low heat for around 30 minutes. Check and stir during the cooking time. If it seems too dry or
starts to catch add a little water.
Blend with a hand blender, liquidiser or food processer and the result will be a super smooth sauce
Great served with pasta. Add some protein – fish, minced beef, chicken or lentils. Excellent mixed with
Variations for introducing some new flavours
Add fresh or dried herbs – perhaps basil or oregano
Add a teaspoon of mild curry powder with the tomatoes
Add a couple of tablespoons of cream at the end of the cooking process
Variations for the grown ups!
May sound obvious but season well with salt and ground black pepper!
Add some chillis and extra garlic and you’re on your way to creating a chilli-con-carne or a veggie chilli.
To turn into a grown up curry sauce add some fresh grated ginger, garlic, ground cumin, turmeric,
ground coriander and cayenne pepper with the vegetables and simmer together with the tomatoes.
Add some cooked chicken perhaps?