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By: Vegetables  05-Apr-2012 » What’s New

Three quick, easy and tasty recipes for you to try with delicious New Zealand tomatoes.


A delicious rich tomato mixture, which can be used in place of tomato purée, tomato juice or canned tomatoes. Using a crock pot or slow cooker is ideal for this recipe.

Makes about 500 ml

2 kg ripe red tomatoes, chopped

Place the tomatoes in a heavy based pan, bring to the boil, and simmer gently until very mushy. Strain through a sieve, or mouli to remove all seeds and skin. Wash the pan, and return the mixture to the pan. It will be quite runny. Return the pan to the heat and simmer gently until it has reduced and is the consistency of sauce. When cool, pour into containers. 
Cover, label and store in the deep freeze.

Cherry tomato salad

The bright green snow peas look great with the red cherry tomatoes. This is a quick and easy salad.

Serves 4

2 cups snow peas

3 cups cherry tomatoes

½ packet snow pea sprouts, cut in half

1-2 shallots, finely chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp sugar

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Blanch snow peas in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until bright green and still a little crunchy. Drain and quickly cool under cold running water to prevent further cooking. Slice in half. Place snow peas and cherry tomatoes on serving platter. 
Scatter with snow pea sprouts. Place shallots, lemon juice, oil and sugar in a screw top jar and shake vigorously until sugar is dissolved. Drizzle over the salad. Season well and serve.

Quick and easy tomato sauce

This is a useful sauce and a great way to enjoy tomatoes.

Makes 1-2 cups

4-5 fully ripe tomatoes (300-400g)

1 cup chopped fresh mixed herbs e.g. basil, coriander or parsley

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. 
Pour into a jug and cover.
 Store in refrigerator for up to two days.
 Stir well before serving as it will separate on standing. Stir through cooked pasta or serve with cooked meat, chicken or fish.

For more recipes for using New Zealand tomatoes visit the meal ideas section of

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Selection of vegetables e.g. grated or strips of carrot, bean sprouts, cucumber slices or strips, beetroot slices, tomato wedges – or whole baby tomatoes, lettuce, radish, green or red capsicums, cooked sweetcorn kernels. Arrange ham and lettuce evenly over both pieces of bread, then add capsicum, cucumber and carrot in bunches with most at one end. Older children can make their own Salad wraps using fresh New Zealand vegetables.