Inspired by The Skint Foodie (one of my new favourite blogs), i decide to tackle a simple loaf of bread… actually I had reservations about how good the bread would turn out, as baking bread.. I am pretty out of practice… but wow did my expectations exceed me!
I adapted a classic recipe from Delia for my loaf, I hunted high and low for my bread tin, but nowhere to be found so instead I decided to go rustic and shape mine in to an oval folding the corners in underneath to create my shape. For my recipe I substituted the sugar for honey and used much less salt than advised 🙂
Happy New Year and into a new decade we go. What a better way to celebrate than a big ball of meatballs with home made tomato sauce, there is nothing more warming and satisfying. The thing about tomato sauce is to season, this is very important as the right balance is essential otherwise tomatoes are very easy to taste bland.
What You Need:
800g Tinned Whole Plum Tomatoes or You own poached Tomatoes, peeled (around 9 tomatoes with juice, roughly chopped), 3 garlic cloves, 1 glass of red wine, 1 glass of chicken stock, 1 large onion, hand full of fresh thyme, 2 tsp of sugar, salt and pepper to season
First slice thinly the garlic and the onions and in a large pan with olive oil sauté until golden brown and soft, once done add the glass of wine and simmer for around 5 minutes, then add the sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix together until the sugar starts to thicken. Then add the tomatoes and stir. Simmer the mixture for a further 5 minutes and then stir in the chicken stock followed by a grind of pepper and salt. Bring the sauce to the boil and let it bubble for 5 minutes. Turn down the heat and simmer for 2 hours adding the thyme leaves. After set the sauce aside and let it cool at room temperature to capture all the flavours.
To serve pour the sauce over meatballs or roasted vegetables and grated cheese and bake in the oven for 20mins, eat with spaghetti or a light spinach salad.