Another series that I would like to repeat is the original Cook from Scratch back in 2014 as the dishes are just as delicious and back then they were aimed at a much smaller audience.
This week the cook from scratch is a dish that I refer to as ‘red gold’… It can be used as a wonderful pasta sauce but also as the base for many more dishes.. I have a version (not as delicious as this sounds) that I cook up in bulk and store in the freezer in two portion containers. Not only do I use a couple of times a week in my everyday cooking but also very useful to have on hand when visitors drop by unexpectedly.
Cooked tomato is one of the exceptions when it comes to nutritional benefits. The lycopene which is the most beneficial ingredient in the tomato is more potent when cooked than when fresh. Add in the garlic and olive oil and this sauce with rice or pasta is packed full of goodness.
My guest today is J.P McLean (Jo-Anne) who has her recipe for roasted tomato sauce down to a fine art.
Jo-Anne is the author of The Gift Legacy. A Thriller that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night skies.
About Book 1 – The Gift – Awakening.
Every Gift has its Price . . .
When Emelynn Taylor accepts a mysterious gift from a stranger, her life alters irrevocably. Haunted by terrifying abilities she can’t control, Emelynn returns to her abandoned home on the British Columbia coast where she vows to take command of her unruly gift. A near-fatal miscalculation drops her into the hands of a man who takes her breath away and an underground society who share the gift; but as they steer her into unknown territory, secrets surface and conspiracies are revealed. Will Emelynn master her dangerous gift and escape the unfolding web of perils before they take her life?
A fantasy thriller that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night skies.
If you’re new to the fantasy genre, this is a good place to start. The Gift Legacy crosses genres. It’s light on fantasy, heavy on thriller, with a healthy undercurrent of action and adventure. The books have been described as smart, contemporary and addictive.
One of the recent reviews for the book
The Gift Awakening is a fantasy that starts off slowly and gains momentum. The main protagonist, Emelynn, knows she is different but doesn’t realize just how unusual her gifted talents are.
She was just a normal preteen when a woman visited her on the beach near her home and bestowed a strange gift upon her. Odd things begin to happen to her and when she is seen by a doctor after one of these peculiar episodes he makes her aware of what is happening to her.
When a handsome stranger comes into her life Emelynn is tossed into more turmoil than she could ever imagine. This story continued to intrigue me and I couldn’t put it down for long.
This author has a winning series that is sure to get the attention of fantasy lovers out there. I look forward to the next books in this gripping series.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/JP-McLean/e/B00JSZOXTC
Read more reviews and follow Jo-Anne on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6429987.J_P_McLean
Now time for Jo-Anne’s delicious and easy to make tomato sauce.
Roasted Tomato Sauce
I make this at the end of the tomato season to fill my freezer with read-to-use tomato sauce. It’s suitable for use as a base for spaghetti sauce, chili and soup, or for use in stuffed peppers or cabbage rolls. It’s quite flexible and can be adjusted to taste, adding onions or peppers or other spices. I’ve never weighed or measured the amount of tomatoes, I simply fill my roaster, and it’s one that fits an 18-20lb turkey.
Fresh tomatoes washed and quartered.
A whole head of garlic, peeled
¼ cup olive oil and salt to taste.
Pile a large roaster with the tomatoes and garlic. Drizzle oil over top and sprinkle with salt.
Roast in a 350 oven for 4-5 hours, stirring every hour or so until reduced to 1/3 original volume.
The tomato skins will blacken, which is good – it adds flavour. Let the mixture cool.
You can either process the sauce with a food processor, or if you prefer to remove the skins and seeds entirely, you can process it with a European Tomato Press, known in our house as the Wapper because of the noise it makes when you operate it. I put the pulp through twice to get all the yummy goodness out.
Can be used immediately or frozen.
Connect to Jo-Anne
My thanks to Jo-Anne for contributing this delicious and extremely useful roasted tomato sauce. For the previous recipes in the series please check the directory and I hope that you will accept my invitation to share one of your favourite cook from scratch recipes. Just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org