Every year I plant some orange Tumbling Toms, they are a cherry tomato that is happy growing in hanging baskets as well as window boxes and containers alike. I grow a few full sized heirloom toms too. Each have their unique qualities and I love them all, but these little tumblers are particularly special. Not only are they so sweet and juicy but are always the first to fruit so, for me they signify the start of summer and all the delicious produce that will follow. Well you can imagine how excited I was when I spotted not one but two little flowers blossoming with all their might despite the stormy and unseasonably cold week we have just had.
Braised lentils may not seem like summer fare, but as I mentioned before the weather has seemed more autumnal than late springlike and to be fair I love lentils in any shape or form at any time of year, they are full of cholesterol lowering fibre, a good source of protein, minerals and B-vitamins as well as being a pretty cheap way to put a delicious meal on the table. They are also fairly quick to cook, when compared to other dried legumes, most of which require soaking prior to a lengthy cooking time. Most importantly for me at the moment though, is that I can make a one-pot meal that suits the whole family including Giddy my little 7 month old who is venturing further into the world of solid foods but still needs something easy to eat and gentle on the tummy. Continue reading “Braised Lentils with Kumera”