If I had to pick my favourite summer fruit and vegetable it'd probably be tomatoes. There are so many ways to enjoy them and there are so many varieties on the market stalls of Provence. I love them in salads, sauces or baked in the oven. I sometime enjoy the very large beef tomatoes but I also love the small grapevine ones. The classic Marmande tomato is great, but so are the slightly sweeter and yellow Pineapple tomatoes and the smoky "Noires de Crimée".
Tomates à la Provençale is a classic dish. It reminds me lunches at my grandparents. It's very easy to make and you only need a handful of ingredients. You can easily make this recipe at home, here in the UK, using tomatoes you find at your local market or supermarket.
4 half tomatoes will make a side dish for 4 people
2 large tomatoes
1 bunch of flat or curly parsley
1 bowl of breadcrumbs
Prep: 5min / Cook: 30min / Ready to eat in: 35min
Finely chop the parsley and the garlic
Place both in a mixing bowl and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Combine and set aside
Cut the tomatoes in half
Place them on a baking sheet or a baking dish
Season with salt and black pepper
Spoon the mixture on top of the tomatoes
Bake for 25-30 min at 200°C (400°F - Thermostat 6).
Serve with meat or grilled fish and enjoy with a glass of Chateau Thourame rosé.