Inspiration & Good News!

>> Saturday, 23 February 2008

As I mentioned in my post at Forgive Me My Nonsense... last week, your muse is where you find it. Well I found mine for this week's column after reading Mark Bittman's conversion to sun-dried tomatoes. Click here to read the column.

I made two types of dried tomatoes, one set, I dried naturally in the sun and I found that they retained a bright red colour.

Sun-dried tomatoes

The other set I dried in the oven and I noticed that they got a deeper shade of red.

Oven-dried tomatoes

So what is a gal to do with all this dried tomatoes? Turn to her blogger friends of course, scour their blogs looking for recipes and how they have used this ingredient. First up is Nora's Two-cheese and sundried biscotti. This was my first attempt at making a biscotti and I loved the fact that it was savoury as I opt for more savoury than sweet stuff. Thanks Nora! This is soooooo good! Check for the recipe here.

Savoury Biscotti

Next up was Nicisme, I only discovered her blog last week and browsing, I found this: Sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan & basil whirls. Well I've dubbed them Sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan and basil swirls (lol). Make these for a get-together and they'll be gone in no time. The recipe is here. This is also my entry for the Click event.

Sun-dried tomatoes, herb & cheese swirls
Sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan & Basil Swirls (CLICK)

I had some of the dried tomatoes left back and I packed them in oil with sliced garlic and large fresh basil leaves. They are currently chilling in my refrigerator.

Oil pack sun-dried tomatoes

Okay, okay, finally the good news :) This week, I signed a book deal! It was in the works since late-December but I wanted to wait until all the legal stuff was sorted out and I had put my signature on the contract. The book should hopefully be coming out mid-year, granted I can finish everything by the end of soon. A lot of work on it has been completed but there's still more to be done. Wish me luck. Bee, you are a gem and I thank you for you tributary post at Forgive Me My Nonsense... this week. It reminds of this post you made back in December. Thank you my dear friend!

Edit: the book is part food memoir, part cookbook.

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