Stuffed beef tomatoes with guacamole in E8

RidleylogonewEVERY WEEK I take £5  to Ridley Road Market in Dalston, Hackney, London E8 2LH, to spend on seasonal food, obviously not including items likely to be already in a kitchen, such as sauces, oil, herbs and spices. On Friday I tell you what I have chosen and publish a seasonal recipe.

As usual, expenditure on any extra ingredients, eg, flour, will be recouped by usage over subsequent weeks. 

This week’s £5 basket

Cyprus new potatoes (76p per lb — I wanted only 6) £1.26

Bunch leeks 50p

Bowl aubergines (3) £1

Bowl beef tomatoes (4) £1

Avocados (4) £1 (one was eaten before the picture was taken)

Total £4.76


The basket this week does not look as bountiful as usual. But the recipe that  uses it  is perfect finger food for picnics, buffets and barbecues.

Recipe: Stuffed beef tomatoes with guacamole

Serves 2 or 4 if the beef tomatoes are extra big.

Equipment: paring knife, teaspoon, mixing bowl, fork. Wash all vegetables

Preparation: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 2 beef tomatoes, 1 avocado, 1 clove garlic, 1 small onion, pinch of chilli flakes or seeds, 1/2 a lemon, teaspoon chopped herbs of choice (chives, basil, oregano or thyme work well (I’m using chives), an optional extra a splash of Tabasco seasoning. A tasty variation is to mix in a tablespoon of cream cheese. The picture illustrates both choices.

Method: slice the top off the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds, core and loose flesh, being careful not to break through the skin. Slice the avocado in half from top to bottom and remove the stone. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Peel and finely chop the garlic clove and add to the avocado. Peel and finely chop the onion —  depending on the size, half an onion may be enough, add to the mixture. Mash all the ingredients with a fork until well mixed. Add chilli flakes, herbs, lemon juice and seasoning. Keep tasting and adjusting to your palate. Add a splash of Tabasco. At this staged, also add cream cheese, if using. Then fill the tomato shells with the mixture and replace the top. The tomatoes in the picture were large and could be cut in half, top to bottom.

With the remaining food from my basket, I shall boil the new potatoes and serve with butter and mint. The avocados with the tomatoes will be added to salads. I think I’ll stuff the aubergines, first, cooking them whole in the oven so the flesh will be soft and mash easily for mixing. And the leeks I can use with the potatoes to make a soup.


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And all the avocados were unbruised and tasty

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