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Shallots stuffed with tomato and chilli

I’ll happily chuck onions or shallots in pretty much anything I cook, but it’s not often that they’re the main component of a meal! Here I’ve slow baked largish shallots stuffed with a gorgeous spicy paste of tomato, chilli, garlic, and plenty of herbs.

The sweetness of the caramelised shallot is balanced beautifully by the punch of the stuffing, and the lovely soft texture is a joy.

I ate mine at room temperature with a salad, but they’d be lovely wrapped in flatbread, or on top of polenta too.

Stuffed shallots with tomato and chilli

Stuffed shallots with tomato and chilli

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Baked tomatoes stuffed with walnut, carrot and miso sauce

Stuffed vegetables often get a bad press among vegetarians and vegans, for some years a bell pepper stuffed with plain rice was seen as an acceptable vegetarian option by restaurants up and down the land…

Thankfully I think things have changed now, and its time for us to reclaim stuffed vegetables and the delicious dish they can be!

This recipe is mildly flavoured, and comforting. It was really quite an experiment, but turned out to be very quick and easy to put together!

The sauce could take so many different flavours if you wanted to jazz it up a bit (herbs, garlic, chilli that sort of thing), and would be easy to scale up.

I enjoyed the sauce just as it is this time, but I’ll definitely be experimenting more with it!

I ate my tomatoes with some garlic bread for a very pleasing light meal.

Baked tomatoes stuffed with walnut, carrot and miso sauce

Baked tomatoes stuffed with walnut, carrot and miso sauce

serves one

3 tomatoes, mine were fairly small, about 75 g each

1/2 tsp oil

for the sauce

1 carrot, chopped. Mine was 65 g after peeling and trimming

20 g walnuts

1 tsp white miso

1 tsp mild mustard

3 tbsp soy milk

salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees c.

Cut the tops off the tomatoes and set aside. Carefully scoop the seeds and core from the tomatoes and discard. You could save them for a dressing or something like that if you liked though.

Next make the sauce. Heat a saucepan on a medium heat and tip in the walnuts. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until they smell toasty and fragrant. Cook the carrot until nice and soft, I steamed mine in the microwave for 3 minutes. Blend the walnuts and carrot with the rest of the filling ingredients until smooth (ish). It was too small an amount to go in my blender, so I used the chopper attachment for my immersion blender. I imagine you could get it good and smooth using a proper one.

Fill the tomatoes and pop the lids back on. Drizzle the oil into a small baking dish and sit the tomatoes on top. Cover with foil, and bake for 35 minutes.

See how I cunningly used carrot sticks to stop the tomatoes falling over in the oven...

See how I cunningly used carrot sticks to stop the tomatoes falling over in the oven…

By E.