Crafty tomato creations

Crafty tomato creations

August is prime time for many vegetables and fruit. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picking out seasonal produce, from cucumber, tomatoes, blueberries and chillies, to onions, bramley apples, rocket and much more… Thanks to their sheer versatility and seasonal succulency, we’ve chosen tomatoes for our August crafty creations. And don’t forget - the humble tomato is a fruit! If you’re vining for tomatoes, we stock yummy cherry vine tomatoes, regular cherry tomatoes and globe tomatoes, sourced fresh from local markets.


Bacon and tomato soda bread

Classic soda bread contains only four ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. Our bacon and tomato soda bread adds a tasty layer of flavour without taking away from the simplicity of the bread. In this recipe, the bread is enhanced by a mixture of fried bacon, spring onions and tomatoes – delicious. Find the full recipe here.  

Do you know your bread history? Soda bread is an Irish staple, baked in masses during the lead up to St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The history of soda bread is an interesting one and the Irish were not the first to create it, having discovered and replicated the process from Native Americans. In the absence of baking soda, Native Americans used pearl ash to naturally make bread rise without yeast. Pearl ash is obtained from potash, a substance created by running water over wood ashes. Once the water evaporates, potassium carbonate – pearl ash – remains, alongside other chemicals. Bicarbonate soda, which we use in recipes today, was fully introduced as a leavener in 1846 by American bakers, John Dwight and Austin Church, who established the first baking soda factory in the US.


Tomato sauce with a soy sauce twist

Perfecting a good tomato pasta sauce from scratch is simple but also one of the most satisfying things to achieve in the kitchen. For an interesting element to add into your pasta sauces, why not give soy sauce a go? If you already have a go-to pasta sauce recipe, experiment with adding in a tablespoon or two of soy sauce and taste as you go, adjusting to your preferred umami level.

The delicious layer of umami will add further depth to your dish as the savoury harmonises with the sweetness of tomato. This Ultimate Umami Bomb 4 Ingredient Tomato Sauce from I Am A Food Blog is perfect if you don’t have all your typical tomato sauce ingredients in. Butter, minced garlic, tomatoes and soy sauce make up this simple recipe. We recommend switching out the tinned tomatoes for 5-6 peeled whole tomatoes to take full advantage of this fruit’s seasonal freshness.



Panzanella or panmolle is a classic Tuscan bread salad dish. In-season onions, tomatoes and basil make this salad perfect for light summer lunches with maximum flavour. Stale bread is key for making the croutons. This recipe from BBC Good Food features day-old sourdough or ciabatta torn into large chunks, which are then tossed with the veg, anchovies, olive oil dressing and olives. It’s the perfect recipe to use up your leftovers and load up on your five-a-day. For added veggies, chopped up in-season cucumber goes perfectly with this salad, which you can add to your next Best of Local order here.


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