Pudding basins in Summer?
As deliciously retro as Fanny Craddock would have presented it!!!!!
So warm summer days and the nostalgic sweet and melting nostalgic taste of an old-fashioned summer pudding.But hey-ho the taste of savoury bread puddings too are much loved and not forgotten.In the absence of black and red juicy fruits my thoughts,alongside a couple of British culinary doyennes, turn to luscious summer tomatoes,red peppers and black olives to make a vegetarian alternative.You dont need to be a vegetarian to love this one.I modelled mine on a mutant of that famous and much loved Italian putanesca sauce,and a traditional ratatouille.Jennifer Patterson( much revered half of the two fat ladies) thought this up while daydreaming over that splendid Italian peasant dish Panzanella.Sophie Grigson considered it the perfect dish for a lazy summer lunch.I was just daydreaming.
Savoury summer pudding
Two essentials.You must find really good sweet tomatoes,not those tasteless Dutch ones.Second, the bread you choose to line the pudding basin must be thinly sliced otherwise the wonderful red juices wont seep through and stain the bread.
2 red onions
2 cloves garlic
1 large red pepper
1 orange pepper
1kg fresh vine ripened tomatoes
2 tbsp concentrated tomato purée
50g capers,rinsed and drained
1 mild fresh chilli deseeded and chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
celery salt and pepper to taste