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25th Jan 2020

These tomato toasts are the easy brunch recipe that you can make on a January budget

Leslie Ann Horgan

What’s better than an easy, tasty recipe?

An easy, tasty recipe that leaves your friends thinking that you are some sort of master chef.

Take One Tin, the clever new cookbook from Lola Milne, is packed with just those sorts of dishes. What’s more, each of the meals is made from the kinds of ingredients that everyone has knocking around their kitchen presses – the stuff that’s all that’s there when you have ‘no food’ in the house.

As the name suggests, each of the recipes involves a food from what Lola calls “the humble tin – cheap, nutritious and long lasting”. In the book you’ll find she uses everything from cans of tuna to tinned pineapple rings in ways you’d never have thought of.

Below you’ll find Lola’s recipe for a brunch that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes using easy to find, inexpensive ingredients – and will produce a taste sensation.

Cherry Tomato Toasts

These are a quick, fresh fix, perfect for brunch or lunch. The delicate creaminess of the ricotta is delicious with  the tomatoes and punchy green sauce.



400g tin cherry tomatoes

2 slices of bread

75g ricotta cheese

salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the green sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

handful of basil, leaves picked and finely chopped

3 sprigs of mint, leaves picked and finely chopped

20g Parmesan, grated

1 teaspoon white wine or cider vinegar



Preheat the grill to high.

Tip the cherry tomatoes into an oven tray and grill for 5–10 minutes until starting to blister.

Meanwhile, combine the olive oil with the garlic, herbs, Parmesan and vinegar, season and set aside. Toast the bread, then pop a slice on each plate. Top with the grilled tomatoes and ricotta, spoon over the green sauce and tuck in.

Extracted from Take One Tin by Lola Milne. Published by Kyle Books, £14.99