Baked tomatoes & feta on toast

Baked tomatoes & feta on toast

I went to an insanely overpriced but beautiful health food shop today in Finsbury Park. Sometimes, I like to swish around this shop and pretend I’m a regular customer. I even put three large avocados in my basket knowing they’re £2.50 each without so much as a small grimace on my face – I’m such a good actress. (I quickly put two back without anyone noticing.)
I spend a good 20 minutes picking items off the shelves, pretending to read the labels before returning them to their place – God, I’m having a great time. I eventually reach the counter with a mere five items in my basket all carefully plucked and examined ready for purchase.
“That will be fifteen pounds and twenty nine pence, please,” says the smug man behind the counter with long greasy hair. Shit – he knows! He knows I think this shop is ridiculously overpriced and that I usually shop at Tesco. The bastard! Two can play at this game. I smile sweetly and tap my bank card on the card reader as if I don’t have a care in the world.
I turn to leave, still smiling like a slightly deranged mental patient.
“Would you like a date?” the greasy haired man calls after me. Feeling slightly flattered, but mostly awkward, I turn to say, “Sorry, I have a boyfr….” when I realise he is elbow deep in a giant glass jar of what looks like crusty old turds. My neck is suddenly very hot as I realise my error.
“Err, yes please,” I say quickly, as he drops a large date into my open palm. I take a bite, thinking I can always chuck it away when I get outside, but to my surprise it’s soft, sweet and delicious. I then burst into tears – it’s been a hard month.

Back home, I spread the expensive bread I just bought with the expensive feta and top with baked expensive tomatoes and you know what? When you feel like utter shit, there’s nothing better than glorified cheese on toast to make everything okay again… That and a big juicy date. So weird.


Baked tomatoes & feta on toast
Serves 2 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 25 mins / V
Extra virgin olive oil
4-6 large tomatoes on the vine
Small bunch of thyme
100g feta
1 small garlic clove, peeled
2 large sliced sourdough bread, toasted
Salt and pepper
2 poached eggs to serve eggs (optional) 


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark 7. Leaving the tomatoes on the vine, place on a non stick baking tray and spear each tomato with a fresh thyme sprig. Drizzle with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
2. Once the tomatoes are baked, turn the oven off and leave the tomatoes inside to keep warm. Toast the bread and rub each slice with the raw garlic clove. Split the feta between the two slices of toast and squish down using the back of a fork.
3. Remove the warm tomatoes from the oven, discard the thyme sprigs and evenly distribute the tomatoes on top of the feta. Press the tomatoes down using the back of a fork releasing some of the juice. Serve immediately drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, a good crack of salt and pepper and top with a poached egg if you’re feeling frisky.

Baked tomatoes & feta on toast

If you’ve had a go at making my Penne al’arrabiata or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


– Vegetarian



5 thoughts on “Baked tomatoes & feta on toast

  1. Well, again, I’m adding a ‘like’ Corrie because you made me laugh, again. I really dislike cooked tomatoes except in sauces like bolognaise and I’m not that fond of feta cheese either. But I love poached eggs, the best way to cook an egg I think. £2.50 for an avocado? – with a stone of gold I presume.

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    1. I love that you still ‘like’ my recipe despite not actually liking the recipe! Haha brilliant! Thank grumpytyke, always love reading your comments 🙂
      The avocado was annoyingly delicious by the way – not £2.50 delicious but perhaps £1.75 delicious

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  2. I wish I knew why expensive health food shops are so inviting! Every time I pass Planet Organic I have to go in, even if it is to gaze longingly at some pumpkin seed butter for £4, I’m just so intrigued by it! Loved this post, and the rest of your blog, by the way. You’ve hit the nail on the head as a foodie in London; it’s a constant balancing act between poverty and trying all the food you can get your hands on!

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    1. Pumpkin seed butter is totally something I would buy and 2 years later, find at the back of the cupboard unopened and dusty. But there is so much pleasure in purchasing pumpkin seed butter from one of those fancy organic shops that it’s kind of worth it somehow. Could you even imagine doing a weekly shop in Planet Organic? Talk about heaven.
      Thanks for your comment and glad to hear you’re enjoying my little blog. Have a fab weekend! Corrie

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