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Recipes from Readers

I have been thrilled with the response from family and friends about this new project of mine. People who I have met over the years in different places are tuning in, just as I hoped they would. This is exactly what I meant in my Discussions post about connecting and nourishing friends, family, and community through food. Yesterday I received this first recipe from a reader – I urge others to do the same and I’ll do my best to post recipes as soon as possible under the brand new heading in the Menu bar called Recipes from Readers. With family seasonal celebrations ahead, how about sending me favourite recipes that are traditional at your family table?

Hunter Family Tomato Recipe
This recipe is over 70 years old. It is really good served as a side dish with roast beef, pork or chicken. It was often served at Sunday family dinner with roast beef, yorkshire pudding, and another vegetable, like roasted parsnips. People of all ages love it.

1 can (28 oz) of diced tomatoes
2 medium cooking onions, diced
1 T. soya sauce
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1-2 T. brown sugar
approximately 1 or 1 1/2 c. of soda crackers (crushed with a rolling pin)
salt and pepper to taste
Grated cheddar cheese or a combination of cheddar and parmesan

This dish can be prepared in the morning and then cooked later.
Pour the can of tomatoes and juice in a round casserole dish. Chop the onions and saute in a small amount of butter in a frying pan until limp and browned a little bit or cook in the microwave (with a little butter) stirring once for about 5 minutes. Add to the dish. Stir in the rest of the ingredients except for the cheese. Put a lid on the casserole and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 mins. Take off the lid and put the grated cheese on top and cook for about another l5 mins. until melted and a bit crispy. (Note: Sometimes I half cook this dish ahead of time and then finish cooking it later if I need the oven for other things) Serves about 6-8 people

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