Raw Tomato Sauce – Guest Post

I’m pleased to have Rosa from Rosa’s Yummy Yums on my blog today. She’s a talented photographer and a great cook as you will discover after reading this post, which will tempt you to visit her blog. Rosa been a food blogger since 2005, that alone should explain how many recipes you’ve got to choose from.
Enjoy reading!

I have only recently become acquainted with Muna’s “MunatyCooking“, but I must say that I enjoy her eclectic choice of dishes a lot as they cover a broad spectrum of foods. This lady hailing from the United Arab Emirates offers recipes that range from Western desserts and baked goods to  Asian and Middle Eastern specialities. Although all of them look and sound particularly good, I am particularly enthralled by her pungent and savory dishes as I am a real sucker for the lipsmacking and exotic cuisine of those far away regions of the globe.

She edits a wonderful online magazine called “
MunatyCooking” and is a talented cook/baker whom I have respect for as she is truly a foodie with undeniable qualities. So, when Muna asked me to write a guest post for her, the mere thought of it made me happy. No matter how big or small a blogger is, it is my pleasure to be welcomed into their homes as I believe that foodblogging is all about exchange, mutual respect, honest friendship and sharing (not always though, but that’s what it should all be about).My love for all things gastronomic has no borders nor does it care about your social status. I’m definitely not a snob who gives the cold shoulder to “newbies” (her site has been open since December 2010) as that is not an attitude I want to adopt or advocate. On the contrary, I despise elitists and cliquey people who look down on others, because they think that they are the shit/best.Being quite humble in nature and remembering my quivery first steps as a beginner as well as how difficult it can be to get acknowledged during the early stages of blogging, I can only give my support to the ones who follow our tracks as I know too well how harsh, foreign/strange and vast this virtual world can be when you are a neophyte.
Many thanks, Muna, for oppening the doors to your lovely blog for me!
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I don’t know if you have the same uncomfortable feeling as me, but I have the impression that this year is passing extremely speedily and that we are more than ever racing against time without being able to get a grip on the present moment or connect with the now. It is insane and quite confusing…As incredible and shocking as it might seem, September has already arrived and so has autumn (and by the way, just in case you have already got the creeps, we are dangerously approaching Christmas – only 3 1/2 months to go before the ludicrous craze!). Even if you try lying to yourself, you cannot do anything else than witness that the hot season is over and that the slow decline of nature is taking its toll. As sad as it might sound, we have no other choice than to bid goodbye to the joys of summer and to the delightful sensation of lightness as well as worisomelessness it confers for cold, bleakness and gloom are installing themselves nonchalantly. All those changes are real, visible and can be perceived very clearly.

“Those cold nights are back again
Norway morning greet my daily toil
That old familiar smell
Fallen leaves return to our soil…”
- Excerpt taken from the song “September In Norway” by
The luminosity is progressively getting weaker as the days shorten and faint orange hues are starting to spread like wildfire, yet the light is crispier and clearer than it was a few weeks ago. Although it can still be warm and the temperatures are enjoyably balmy from sunrise-to-sunset, the air is nonetheless fresher during the night and in the morning. The leaves on the trees are slowly turning, beginning to look a bit burnt and are losing their green pigmentation. Some of them have even scattered across the carpeted grass and are gracing the sides of the roads. Birds are quite silent lately, but one can already hear the mean yammering of magpies and crows in the distance. The mist gently licking the mountainsides and making them look eerily beautiful.The air has that familiar and distinctive clean, soily and firepit smell. Market stalls are once again being refurbished with pumpkins, corn husks, pears and apples.
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Despite the fact that all of this is highly exciting, a part of me is sad at the idea of being forced to mourn the summertime as well as the enthusiasm, outdoor fun, relaxed holiday atmosphere, convivial “apéros” on the balcony and laidback as well as colorful cooking that are indissociable from this gleeful period of the year. In order to make it last a little longer I try to prepare dishes which remind me of the bliss of the past months and give me the impression that the brighter part of the year is not on a downward spiral, thus that we are not being vacuumed into the winter blackhole at a terrifying pace.So, as I am not exactly ready to leap into fall’s precipice and get embraced by the reassuring warmth of its arms, I decided to bring a bit of August sunshine to the plate by cooking an Italian-inspired “Raw Tomato Sauce” that is light, healthy, scrumptious and is bursting with the healing powers and solar energy of our dearly beloved incandescent star. A pure concentrate of life.The secret to this sauce’s deliciousness is without a doubt its deceptive simplicity and incomparable freshness. And the best part is that it takes only a few basic ingredients and minutes of preparation to get to such a fabulous result. Nothing very complicated to put together, but boy oh boy, the complex, ambrosial and refined flavors that arise from that heavenly concoction are just amazing!

I hope that you will like that recipe and enjoy it as much as I do.
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~ Raw Tomato Sauce ~
Recipe by Rosa Mayland, September 2011.

For 4 servings.
Ingredients For The “Raw Tomato Sauce”:
2 Big beefsteak tomatoes, finely chopped
1 Clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
1 Small White onion, finely chopped
1 Tbs Malt vinegar
1 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
2 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tsp Fish sauce
Red Tabasco, to taste
3 Tbs Virgin olive (+ extra fto drizzle over the dish)
3-4 Tbs Fresh Basil, finely chopped
1 Tsp Dried marjoram
1 Tsp Dried oregano
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Fine sea salt, to taste
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Directions For The “Raw Tomato Sauce”:
1. Combine all the ingredients together and mix thouroughly.
2. Let stand in order to allow the tomatoes to release their juices, about 20 minutes.
3. Serve.
The use of garlic in this dish is quite optional and you may leave it out if you are concerned about the freshness of your breath. Nonetheless, it does add a bit more oomph to the sauce.Serving suggestions:
Serve over hot spaghetti or the pasta of your choice and sprinkle with shaved hard cheese such as Pecorino, Parmesan, Grana Padano or Sbrinz.


24 Comments on Raw Tomato Sauce – Guest Post

  1. Su Halfwerk
    09/09/2011 at 4:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I tried to choose “delicious,” “interesting,” and “worth trying” but the program won’t let me. Great post, Rosa :-)

  2. Baker Street
    09/09/2011 at 4:35 pm (4 years ago)

    So nice to see Rosa here and glad to *meet* you, Munaty. The sauce sounds perfect. Packed with flavors. Great guest post.

  3. Sylvia
    09/09/2011 at 6:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Hopped over from Rosa’s and am now loving your blog too! Interesting recipes you have here!
    Great Post!

  4. Munatycooking
    10/09/2011 at 3:19 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you all for the kind words!

  5. Angie's Recipes
    10/09/2011 at 12:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Muna, lovely use of those giant tomatoes. Looks so fresh and tasty!

  6. Munatycooking
    10/09/2011 at 1:09 pm (4 years ago)

    How I wish to take this compliment Angie, but this dish is made by Rosa from Rosa’s Yummy Yums. It’s so sweet of you to visit my blog :)

  7. Sandra
    11/09/2011 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Great post Muna, love reading more about Rosa, as I went few times on her delicious looking blog! Great photos and fantastic recipe!

  8. Magic of Spice
    12/09/2011 at 1:22 am (4 years ago)

    Hello, came over from Rosa’s for a visit :)
    Beautiful dish Rosa!

  9. Munatycooking
    12/09/2011 at 1:36 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks guys, it was a real pleasure to have Rosa!

  10. Blackswan
    12/09/2011 at 6:28 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely post, Rosa! Thks for introducing us to Rosa, Muna!

  11. ~~louise~~
    12/09/2011 at 9:40 pm (4 years ago)

    A hearty belated welcome to the blogosphere, Muna. You have a lovely blog that I hope to explore in more depth soon.

    Thank you for sharing Rosa and her gorgeous Tomato Sauce today. It looks delicious!!!

  12. Munatycooking
    12/09/2011 at 10:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you Louise, I’m glad that you liked my blog :)

  13. Shu Han
    13/09/2011 at 5:04 am (4 years ago)

    I came over from Rosa’s site, because the food looked simply too beautiful to miss! I also started blogging around the same time as you, and I’m so impressed by all that you’ve done, especially the magazine- wow that is a lot of hard work and dedication!

  14. Munatycooking
    13/09/2011 at 1:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you Shu. I’ve been to your blog and loved it. I’m glad you liked my magazine, I love to cook and encourage others to do the same!

  15. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    13/09/2011 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Muna, I come via Rosa’s lovely blog!Wonderful post and gorgeous job :)

    Have a great day,


  16. Munatycooking
    14/09/2011 at 1:57 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for stopping by Aldy. Your blog is lovely too :)

  17. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    16/09/2011 at 11:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I WISH TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THE KIND WORDS! So heartwarming. You are great readers.



  18. Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88
    08/08/2013 at 6:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Hop over from Rosa’s blog too. Enjoyed reading every single word you wrote Rosa and great to get to know a new blog. As a fellow food blogger, it’s really difficult to keep up posting regularly from my side.

    • munatycooking
      08/08/2013 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Janet, and welcome to my blog :)

  19. Elin
    19/07/2014 at 9:15 am (8 months ago)

    first time seeing this beefsteak tomato ..Rosa thanks for sharing this dish … Looks delicious ! and glad to know Muna’s blog ;)
    Muna, you have a great blog … will drop by to see your other dishes ;)

    • munatycooking
      19/07/2014 at 11:37 am (8 months ago)

      Thank you Elin for your kind comment :)


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