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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Recipe : Roasted Tomato And Pepper Pasta Sauce

Roasted Tomato And Pepper Pasta Sauce, recipe
Last week I had some time off work and went to visit my dad.  He showed me some produce from his garden and greenhouse and we discussed how our allotment has been more about renovation rather than cultivation this year.  He presented me with some tomatoes and peppers to take home.  I wanted to try something different with them and I was thinking about lunches for work this week so here is my (experimental but very successful) roasted tomato and pepper pasta sauce.


6 tomatoes from my dad's garden (you'll have to find your own dad, or your own garden or your own tomatoes)
A handful of cherry tomatoes
2 sweet green peppers from my dad's garden (ditto above)
1 green bell pepper from my dad's garden (you get the drift...)
1 red onion
1 teaspoon of garlic granules (or 2 fresh cloves of garlic, chopped finely)
2 teaspoons of basil
2 teaspoons of oregano
a splash of sunflower oil


Roasted Tomato And Pepper Pasta Sauce
Chop everything up!  I sliced the onions and the peppers (keeping the seeds in), quartered the large tomatoes and halved the cherry tomatoes
Place the veg in a roasting tin, sprinkle on the herbs and throw in a dash of sunflower oil.

Get in with your hands and mix everything up until it is all covered with the sunflower oil

Cook on Gas 7 / 220 C / 425 F for about 45 minutes

Leave to cool for about half an hour and then blitz in a food processor until you have a chunky sauce

Molto gustoso!  I know that second picture doesn't do it any justice however it tastes amazing!  I will be having this warmed up with pasta during the week but I bet it tastes just as good with some crusty garlic bread.  Don't forget, this is completely fantastic if you're vegetarian too.  

Let me know if you try it.