A Summer time Soup in the middle of winter……
It is A very dreary day, foggy, rainy, cold, and the earth is covered with a white blanket of snow. Leaning at my kitchen sink and looking out the window I feel my body shiver with the chill outside. The rain drops are like little sparks of glass that fall forcefully onto the iced covered snow. Heavy fog holds the trees and its branches in white blankets with its frailty and yet, an abundant strength that I cannot comprehend. Will these blankets lift? Will they keep the trees prisoner and the rest of my world today?
My mind stands still for a moment and colors fade in and out, pictures appear of a warm sun and a blue sky. My garden is vibrant with color, bees buzzing from one blossom to the next. A little breeze makes my head turn to the tomato bush that is heavily laden with fruit…… I feel the heat of the earth and see the ripe tomatoes hanging on their vines…. I touch them, and feel the warmth radiate through my fingers…..
I am suddenly shaken by the sound of the telephone……and am brought back to the winter scene outside the window…….
Remembering my dream…… and knowing that I can create summer in a bowl, that will not only satisfy me, but my family as well.
We do need a little summer
in the middle of winter,
and a Tomato Soup
is the perfect meal to do just that.
Creamed Tomato Soup
1 can (28 oz) of Crushed Tomatoes
1 can Tomato Paste with Roasted Garlic
2 cups of chicken broth….either home-made or store bought
1 small onion – sliced
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup Heavy Cream – more or less as desired
1 – 2 Tbsp sugar – optional
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a soup pot add 1 Tbsp of oil and the sliced onion
Caramelize the onion until light brown
Add the Crushed tomatoes and the Tomato Paste
Add chicken broth
Add sugar…..and taste…..
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes
Add the cream and mix.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil
1 – 2 Garlic cloves chopped
Rosemary Flavored Bread
Cut the bread into little cubes
In to a frying pan add the olive oil and heat it to quite hot
Add the chopped garlic cloves and brown for about 30 seconds,
or until it just begins to brown
Add the bread cubes into the garlic
Mix well – and keep stirring to brown the croutons
Remove from heat and transfer into a separate bowl to cool