Just add sunshine

Sun-dried tomatoes are a treat we bring to Spain in our suitcase. They add oomph to so many dishes, especially in winter. It’s worth checking in the bag on Easyjet to bring them back, somehow it feels like smuggling. Other foodie things we bring include Sainsbury’s pitted kalamata olives [can’t bear the bitter black Spanish olives, sorry] and Superjam which is so much more intense than Spanish mermelada. sun-dried tomato - close-up 22-6-14dish - just out of the oven 22-6-14onions, dirty 2 10-11-11This recipe, by Sophie Grigson, is a recent discovery and favourite. Serves 4-6 but don’t worry too much about quantities – we wolfed down this amount with bread between the two of us, though the onions were more medium-small than medium-large!

4 medium-large onions, unpeeled
6 pieces sun-dried tomato, cut into strips
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, snapped in two
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil rosemary sprig & recipe page 22-6-14Pre-heat the oven to 150°C. onions, boiling 22-6-14Place the onions in a pan and cover with water. Bring up to the boil and simmer for 12 minutes. Drain, peel and quarter. onion skins 22-6-14Arrange the quarters in a single layer in a lightly-oiled gratin dish and mix in the strips of sun-dried tomatoes. Tuck the rosemary amongst the onions, then sprinkle over the garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Drizzle with the vinegar and oil.dish - ready to go into oven 22-6-14Cover loosely with foil and bake for 50 minutes. foil, crumpled 22-6-14Remove foil, baste the onions with the juices. Continue cooking, uncovered, for a further 20 minutes. Serve hot, warm or cold. plateful 22-6-14We eat this cold in summer with bread to soak up the juices, alongside slices of cheese, olives and caperberries. In winter, we will try it hot with pan-fried fish such as salmon or dorada.

5 to remember
secado al sol – sun-dried
la maleta – the suitcase
contrabandeando/a – smuggling
intenso/a – intense
un ramito – a sprig

sophie grigson - eat your greens cover 5-6-13

 

‘Eat Your Greens’ by Sophie Grigson

9 thoughts on “Just add sunshine

  1. Alastair Savage

    That must be a problem in Southern Spain because we can buy sundried tomatoes here in Barcelona in most of our supermarkets: Suma, Sorli Discau and Caprabo. It is a modern thing though because they were very hard to find when I first arrived here 8 years ago, along with hummus, which is now everywhere (even in Mercadona!).

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    1. sandradan1 Post author

      Yes we have hummus in Mercadona too, still can’t get Greek feta, buffalo mozzarella, and sun-dried tomatoes! Possibly in a specialist deli somewhere on the Costa which I haven’t discovered yet 🙂 SD

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  2. Lottie Nevin

    Have you tried your local market for sun-dried tomatoes? They sell them here in our local market and so do Lidl! This recipe looks lush but i’m still waiting for an oven………;)

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    1. sandradan1 Post author

      After Alistair’s comment above, I checked Mercadona shelf-by-shelf and there were the jars sun-dried tomatoes marked ‘novedad’! We don’t have Lidl here unfortunately. We’ve just had friends to visit and they swear by their Lidl, they lived near Denia. But there are different supermarket chains in the north. So many regional retail variations in Spain still, which is rather charming. SD

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