Recipe courtesy of Lamberts Fresh Produce, using fresh, in season capsicum and tomatoes.

• 4 fresh tomatoes
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 eggplant, diced
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 1 yellow capsicum, diced
• 1 red capsicum, diced
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves

Score the base of each tomato and drop into a bowl of boiling water for 20-30 seconds. Remove from the water, and peel off and discard the skin.

Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Meanwhile season the eggplant well. Add the eggplant to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Add the onion and capsicum to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Return the eggplant to the pan and stir in the tomato paste. Add tomatoes, thyme and garlic. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Tear and stir in the basil. Serve warm with crusty bread and garnish with fresh herbs.


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