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Issue 12 - Tomatoes - Hunter's Chicken

Fact: Ever fallen victim to the unsavoury odour of skunk? Next time, keep a carton of tomato juice to hand as it has been known to neutralise the animal's spray.

Legend has it... Elizabethans didn't eat tomatoes as they believed that their red colour meant the fruit was poisonous. This may not be quite as silly as it sounds, given that the tomato is in fact a relative of Atropa Belladonna, better known as 'Deadly Nightshade'.

Why you should eat it: Tomatoes are considered to be a 'superfood' due to their high levels of the antioxidant lycopene. Other medical benefits include controlling blood pressure and protecting against UV rays.

Why you shouldn't: As with green potatoes, tomatoes that are more 'pea' than 'strawberry' in colour can contain a toxin which is particularly nasty if eaten raw.

When buying tomatoes, try not to take them from a supermarket refrigerator - cold really kills the flavour. If possible, it's best to grow tomatoes yourself, as the ones we see in the shops are often picked when green and unnaturally ripened with gases before they end up on the shelf.

However, if you can get your hands on some fresh ones, then there's nothing better than a ripe tomato salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar and topped with torn basil and chunks of mozzarella.

Hunter's Chicken Ingredients:
6 large chicken breasts
1 large onion
Olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of peeled plum tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
100g mascarpone cheese
125g mushrooms, sliced
12 olives, halved and stoned
A large handful of fresh basil, washed and torn
Salt and pepper

1. Heat the oven to 190 degrees C (fan oven) or gas mark 5.

2. Fry the onion and garlic in 2tbsp oil over a low heat for a minute or two, but don't let them brown.

3. Tip the tins of tomatoes into the pan and stir in the tomato puree and a dash of salt and pepper.

4. Simmer on a low heat for around 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened, then add the olives and mushrooms and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the mascarpone and basil leaves.

6. In another pan, heat a lttle oil and fry the chicken for a few minutes until it begins to brown on both sides, then place the breasts side by side in a baking dish.

7. Pour over the sauce and pop the dish into the middle shelf of the oven for around 30 minutes.

Serve with green beans and crusty bread. Or cook some sliced potatoes dotted with butter and topped with cheese and serve with broccoli or any other green vegetable.

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