It was one of those visit to the Indian Stores when I found Vine Tomatoes dearth cheap.. Oh yes !! I really mean it ..
It was about 69 pence a kilo as against the 2£ from our regular super stores.. I enjoy hand picking them when still on Vine , rather than the large red tomatoes on its own. Have I mentioned before ? Vine Tomatoes are one of my favourite subject for still life.. I can click any number of times we buy them, still find it fascinating. And Garlic too…
I had bought a couple of kilo’s from the market and my plans to utilise them were ready. Sun dried tomatoes have been on my mind for a while but with the weather like UK, I actually gave up. It was that week, when the chef friend visited us and was telling me about making some Oven dried tomatoes that is made in routine in their hotel. When we were having a detailed chat about food and recipes , he scribbled a quick combination of ingredients to make them So Oven dried it is !!!
What happens when you Oven Dry the Tomatoes or Sun dry the Tomatoes ? The ripe tomatoes lose majority of their water content after spending time drying under the sun or in the oven. The Vine tomatoes lose aproximately 93 % of the water content while the cherry tomatoes can lose unto 88%. ( Information source : Wikipedia)
These dried tomatoes taste heaven in pita sandwiches, panini’s and even while smorging too.