Tomatoes are very popular in the Canary Islands since it is one of their principal agricultural exports, along with bananas. So it will not be difficult to find them all year around. And England is one of the main beneficiaries of the canarian tomatoes because it is one of our main importers of agricultural goods. Anyhow, in today's world it doesn't really matter where you are. You can find tomatoes anytime thanks to the advances in agriscience. So there is no excuse for you to try Mel's famous tomato preserve.
Authentic Canarian Tomato Preserve
The tomato preserve bruschetta has a deep sweet and salty flavor enhanced by the Blue Stilton cheese. Stilton is a cheese from the United Kingdom, and it comes in two varieties: blue and white, blue being the most appreciated. No wonder British call it "the king of cheese." Anyhow, if you can not find it in your market, substitute it by any quality Blue Cheese.
- 2 pounds of small ripe tomatoes (1 kilo)
- 2 pounds of granulated sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 lime peel
After six hours of cooking, take out the cinnamon and lime peel, and set aside. Put the rest in a food processor and mix for about 20 seconds. Pour it back into the pot, add the cinnamon and lime peel that you previously had set aside, and place it back on low heat for four more hours.
Meanwhile, sterilize several glass jars by putting them a few minutes on boiling water. This is to prevent any bacteria from contaminating your preserve.
When the preserve is finally ready, fill the jars with it and secure the lids.
I find that this tomato preserve is also a good pairing sauce with roasted pork tenderloin.