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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, October 18, 2012 --- 25 YOU can be in to win any of these fabulous prizes, simply by going to www.times.co.nz, clicking on the competitions link and entering your details. Competitions are added regularly so check back for more chances to win! Win! Tickets to Manukau Symphony Orchestra's Carnival -- Family Concert The Manukau Symphony Orchestra performs its next public showcase, Carnival – Family Concert, in Manukau on October 28. The concert features composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saens’ musical work Carnival of the Animals, as well as the talents of narrator Helen Medlyn, and the girls and boys choirs of St Cuthbert’s College and Holy Trinity Cathedral. The Times has four double passes to give away to the show. Win! A tomato growing kit As long as tomatoes have sun, food and water, they do most of the rest themselves. Growing tomatoes from seed is the cheapest way. They germinate readily from seeds, but it takes about six weeks. 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NEW ZEALAND FASHION ONLINE While some gardens out there may have been good to grow for a while now, labour Weekend is traditionally the start of summer and a time of planting especially tomatoes. So, in preparing for the sunny season, here are a few tips to help ensure a very cherry summer! Cherry tomatoes are thought to have originated in South America where they were a favourite of the Aztecs. Although they were not introduced to europe until the early 19th century, cherry toma- toes quickly became popular, fea- turing in many western recipes. Generally sweeter than most other varieties and ranging in size from just a few centimetres across to the size of golf balls, cherry tomatoes are defnitely proof that sweet things come in small pack- ages! As they prefer full sun, look for a spot on the bright side of the garden that’s also sheltered from strong winds. Begin by digging over the soil, working in compost. Try topping with Tui Tomato Food for optimum results; then water the area well. While people may love to pop a cherry tomato or two in their mouths, pests – including thrips and aphids – also fnd these garden delights irresistible. Spray regu- larly to best these pests. And don’t plant tomatoes in the same area as the previous year, or where a potato crop was raised, this will help reduce the spread of disease. Of course, cherry toma- toes also grow well in pots. in fact, many folk living in home units with limited garden space, pre- fer them especially as one or two plants will often see them right for weeks on end. When cherry tomatoes have an even colour and are soft when squeezed – they should be between hard and soft in texture – they are ripe for the picking. Fresh from the vine, used in sauces, soups or salads, tomatoes are a most versatile ingredient. It's 'tom' time again! WIN YATES GARDEN PROBLEM SOLVER To celebrate the traditional start of summer and the planting season the Times has a copy of Yates Garden Problem Solver up for grabs. Just visit www.times.co.nz then click on the competitions link and ll in the form. One entry per person, entries close Friday, November 9, 2013. Winner noti ed by phone or email. Although cherry tomatoes are usually most worthy substitutes for their larger cousins, with labour weekend upon us, we’ve prepared a few suggestions for turning tiny toms into table-topping stars come summer. Roast tomatoes in a little ■ extra virgin olive oil in a moderate oven until soft and the skin starts to split. Serve with char-grilled pork chops or chicken breasts. Mix chopped celery, red ■ onion, capsicum and cherry tomatoes with cooked lentils and top with crispy bacon and balsamic vinegar. Combine cherry tomatoes ■ with chickpeas, baby spinach, spring onions and blanched snow peas and serve with a dressing of olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Prawn again toms (serves 4) While some may come the ‘raw prawn’ with seafood, to make this fshy dishy a ‘prawn star’, it helps to do the char char! 20 large, raw prawns 250g cherry tomatoes (halved) 3 eschalots (chopped) A tin of cannellini beans (rinsed and drained) 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 small red chilli (fnely chopped) 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup mint leaves (torn) Note: balsamic vinegar with honey can be substituted for pomegranate molasses, chickpeas for cannellini beans, and red onion in place of eschalots. Remove prawns heads and legs, de-vein and split lengthways. Combine cherry tomatoes, eschalots and beans in a medium sized dish. Combine molasses, lemon juice, chilli and oil in a small dish and whisk thoroughly to prepare a dressing. Brush prawns with oil and cook on a grill, fesh down, over a high heat for 1-2 minutes. turn prawns over, cook for a further few minutes until they change colour. Pour dressing over tomato salad and toss ingredients together. Serve topped with prawns and mint – enjoy! Getting 'cherry' serious CHEERFULLY CHERRY: These versatile tomatoes are ideal in many recipes.
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