Here at Dalefoot Composts HQ, we’re starting to get excited at the sight of our ripening tomatoes in the polytunnel and outside at our allotments! This year they are all grown in our new ‘no need to feed’ Wool Compost for Tomatoes and they are thriving.

We’re imagining-up all the best tomato recipes that we can cook that will really showcase these fresh, juicy and succulent tomatoes…

Shona wants to cook with her heritage tomatoes - tomato, mozzarella and basil bruschettas drizzled with the good olive oil and balsamic vinegar …..

Lizzi can’t wait to make a zingy and fresh tomato salsa with onion, chillies, lime and a good helping of fresh coriander….

Pauline is keeping it classic and slicing the very best of her salad tomatoes with black pepper and olive oil and leaving them to marinate for as long as she can stand….

Robin is going to slice up his beefsteak tomatoes and add them into his local Cumbrian beef burgers with mustard mayo….

Alison always enjoys her tomatoes whizzed up into a fresh tomato and basil soup with good dose of garlic and olive oil….

Laura is dreaming up a special Pasta Puttanesca recipe with slow roasted cherry tomatoes, black olives, capers and anchovies with a glug of red wine…..

Jane is making Gazpacho…. with those tomatoes that actually make it into the kitchen – yum yum!


If you’re struggling to ripen your tomatoes into red ones, we suggest popping them next to a bunch of bananas in the fruit bowl and this will help them to ripen up more quickly. Remember that green tomatoes are still edible so if you still have a glut of green tomatoes – one of our favourite things to make is ‘green tomato chutney’ or ‘curried green tomatoes’.


What will you do with yours?...

1 comment

  • Jane Gregg

    20 August 2019, 7.31am

    Roast tomatoes with lots of garlic, basil and olive oil. When cool freeze in portions for using with pasta for tasty healthy winter suppers.


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