Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Case of Tomato Soup

Food makes you FEEL. Depending on the situation, it represents nurture, passion... I certainly don't have to ask if I eat emotionally. I know I do. And I don't know a single person who doesn't, on some level. Perhaps it's a favourite dish Mom prepared, and now she's gone, and the memory of her specialty tugs heartstrings. If my own mom wasn't already a frequently appearing (very friendly) spirit, I'd summon her with Tomato Soup.

Tomato Soup

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 28-oz-cans diced tomatoes
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp sugar
6 cups water
6 rounded tsps (for 6 cups) vegetable bouillon powder
salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Simmer together the first 10 ingredients (garlic to vegetable bouillon powder), uncovered, for 30 min. Purée. Here I must add the same caution I stated in my Carrot Ginger Soup recipe. Wear an oven mitt and press down firmly on the blender lid, because hot liquids expand with surprising force. Salt to taste, and serve garnished with the fresh cilantro or parsley. Serves 8.