It was super cold and stormy here yesterday, and everyone in the household made it home early in the afternoon. Of course there are many things that can warm up such a winters' evening, but yesterday the secret was abandoning all set work and chores, lighting the fire and looking through old copies of the UK Country Living magazine, with special attention being paid to gardening and plants of the warm-weather variety. I do love that magazine, even if at times it seems to describe a world both idyllic and unrealistic. Ah well, surely that's what magazines are about?
Tom made some tomato soup. It was so delicious and cheering, and made me wonder why we'd forgotten about this simple dish for so long. Here's the recipe in case you're in need of some winter warming.
Tomato soup (adapted from the Vegetarian Adventure, Bishop and Carruthers, 1988.)
3 Tb butter, 2 tins tomatoes (or 850g fresh), 1 tsp brown sugar, chopped herbs (dried or fresh), 1 bay leaf, salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a pot then add the tomatoes and seasonings given above. Cook for a few minutes.
Tip in 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Cool slightly, remove the bay leaf and blend in a food processor or with a stick blender.
Reheat again, then just before serving, stir in 1/2 cup cream or natural yoghurt. Serve when hot with bread and chopped herbs and more yoghurt.