Semi-dried Cherry Tomatoes

At great expense (around £6.50 a jar), you can purchase ‘semi-dried cherry tomatoes’ from companies like Silver and Green. Sweet, juicy and oily, they have a delicious, tomatoey aroma and a chewy texture in the mouth.

Theirs are posh, produced in Italy, but for £1-1.50, you can buy a punnet of cherry vine tomatoes and slice them in halves; lay them skin side down on a baking tray and dry at about 100deg C for around 2.5 hours. Pop them when cool into a jar or a tub and cover with olive oil.

The drying process gives them an intensified flavour and they are wonderful in salads or as antipasti with olives, pickled garlic, feta and salami.

Image courtesy of Silver & Green