Tomato ladybirds

Step by step recipe:

  1. 30 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #1
    Peel 6 tomatoes.

    Cut across the stalk end to form a flat base, leaving the largest possible dome.
  2. 5 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #2
    Remove flesh inside tomatoes with a teaspoon or a pommes parisiennes spoon (easier), and keep all that you remove.
  3. 3 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #3
    Salt inside tomatoes, and leve upside down on a tray.

    Set aside.
  4. 5 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #4
    Dispcard tomato seeds, keeping the flesh and cut off pieces (minus hard green stalk end), chop roughly, salt and leave to stand in a strainer.
  5. 10 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #5
    Boil a pan of salted water, put in 200 g peas and cook until soft (2 or 3 minutes usually).

    Remove from pan, drain and put into cold water. Drain again when peas are cold, then dry.
  6. 5 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #6
    Blend peas, and if possible pass through a fine strainer to remove skins and get a very smooth puree.
  7. 5 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #7
    Mix 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

    Add 2 tbs of this mix to the pea puree, salt, pepper, and keep covered in the fridge.
  8. 10 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #8
    Prepare stuffing: cut 2 radishes into very small pieces, put in a bowl, add 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise, 50 g tuna in oil, 50 g cooked rice, 1 bunch chives chopped, and the chopped tomato flesh. Mix well.
  9. 5 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #9
    Fill tomatoes with this mix.
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    Place a tomato upside down on a serving plate, coat with remaining olive oil-lemon juice mix.
  11. 5 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #11
    With a very sharp knife, cut out tiny circles of olive, as thin as possible.
  12. 19 min.Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #12
    Stick olive circles on tomato to get the ladybird effect. Tip: position them with the point of a knife.

    Make the head with 1/2 olive and 2 blades of chives, then surround with pea puree.

    Do this with all your tomatoes, and serve without delay.
  13. Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #13
    For adults you could make a quicker version without olives.

Remarks:

With this recipe you will become a god or goddess of cooking for your young children or grand-children. After this they will frequently ask you to make ladybird tomatoes again... To make it a real surprise, close the kitchen door if possible while you cook, and then see their eyes open wide when you put the plates on the table.

To cook rice, use the pilaf method or rice-cooker.

Source:

Home made, from a photo seen in a women's magazine a long time ago.

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