How to enjoy your kitchen garden...


If you had a few moments before Christmas, you may have planted some tomato crops. Now is your time to enjoy them. You may also have overflowing supplies of tomatoes, here is one quick idea for a nutritious snack. Dips are a great way to encourage a child to try vegetables and increase their intake. Salsa is the perfect way to use your home grown tomatoes.

If you’ve been growing herbs such as coriander or basil, they would also be perfect to use with your freshly picked tomatoes.





Jamie Oliver's Tomato Salsa

Here is a simple salsa created by Jamie Oliver. Play with the quantities, depending on how many children you are sharing this yummy salsa with.


  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 onion
  • 2 fresh chillies
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1-2 limes
  • extra virgin olive oil


  1. Finely chop the tomatoes and coriander (stalks and all) and place in a large bowl.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion, deseed and finely chop the chillies, then scrape into the bowl. Peel and finely grate in the garlic.
  3. Squeeze in the juice from 1 lime, add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Season to taste with sea salt, black pepper and more lime juice if needed.
  4. Serve straight away or cover and set aside for a few hours to let all the flavours develop.

Variations - add in some diced capsicum or cucumber. You may choose to skip the onion, garlic and chillies if cooking for children, it's totally up to you.