Friday, 29 July 2011

Kitchen Miracles, The Tomato

When you think of Summer Vegetables and Im sure that the tomato has to be one of the first that come to mind.  There are so many different kinds too, from the tiny to the huge, from the green, yellows, pinks and reds.  We should all know by now that the tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable and that it is very healthy for us.

Tomatoes are an wonderful source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin E and protein.

This makes them very good against all kinds of cancers especially prostate in men.  Heart disease and as well high cholesterol. They say that cooking tomatoes or consuming tomato sauce(ketcup) is better than eating raw as it delivers more of the anti cancer fighting goodness to your bodies.

Dr Saraçoğlu says that besides being a powerful antioxident, good against cancer it is also excellent for those with eye problems as it relieves high tension in the eyes, stops the heart from getting bigger for those who regularly do heavy lifting, good against cholesterol and for balance problems.

He has given a protocol for those with high blood pressure and for althetes or those who do regular heavy lifting.

Blood pressure and heavy lifters he recommends a glass of tomato juice half an hour before a meal 2 or 3 times a weeks.

For athletes a glass of tomato juice with breakfast to help protect thier hearts from growth.

This Summer buy tomatoes in bulk and preserve, make your own sauces and chutneys.  Eaten any way the tomato really is a Kitchen Miracle.


  1. Do you have a good Tomato Sauce recipe. Oh & what I mean by good mightn't be what you & me would class as good. I mean something that will suit the teenage boys that seem to coat everything in it. Ggrr... you know more like a "commercial" one?? If you do can you post it here.
    Caroline xo

  2. This is an instant tomato sauce recipe, give this a go and see if they like it. I have a good cooked one too I will have to look for will post later.

    1/3 cup tomato paste
    2 tbsp vinegar
    1 tsp soy sauce
    2 tsp honey or golden syrup
    2 tbsp water

    thats it basically but you can add very litte cinamon and cloves and garlic powder. if you want it spicy add in some tabasco

  3. Thanks I'll try that one, but if you have another that I can make out of all the tomatoes I grow that would be good. Instead of using the tomato paste.

  4. OK here it is, have made this myself and it comes from an old womens weekly cookbook.

    3 kilos of tomatoes
    4 onions
    sugar - to taste
    1/2 cup vinegar
    (bay leaf, peppercorns, cloves)or(garlic powder or just plain garlic cloves)

    Chop the onions and tomatoes (you can skin them if you want)put into a saucepan and bring to the boil. İf you are using the bay leaf put into a bag and add to the tomato mix when cooking. Cook this until the onions are soft. Process with a hand blender until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients and reduce down until you get it to the consistency you like.

  5. I forgot to say that if you want it to look a bit more authentic, strain out the seeds before reducing.

  6. We have tomatoes self seeded throughout the garden and lawn as our dog steals them off the vege patches and then 'deposits' the undigested portions over the yard. I hope I explained that delicately enough :)

  7. ewwww so you will reap a harvest of doggy doo tomatoes!