Life is all about passions and apart from food my few other passions are Reading, travelling and gardening.
My school had a huge library in school and I was blessed with friends who hated to read. So every week in the library period I would choose the books I wanted to read and give the list to my friends so they would borrow the books for me. I would then go home laden with my weekly dose of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Enid Blyton. I would spend hours holed up in a corner reading oblivious of everything and everyone around me.
We also had a huge garden in the house we grew up in and both my father and grandfather enjoyed Gardening. We had all sorts of trees an plants in our backyard and it was lovely growing up surrounded by nature all around you. And since then I have always attempted to have a small garden or atleast have potted plants of herbs and flowers wherever I have lived. The whole act of dirtying your hands in the cold mud is very soothing somehow.
Living in a rented house in Perth it has been a challenge to have a green balcony with so many restrictions and regular inspections by the landlord. I have however managed to plant a few plants and was rewarded with some gorgeous red juicy Tomatoes today morning. These were my first home grown Tomatoes and I did not want to spoil their beauty by cooking them in some gravy dish. And what can do justice to them then a soup which is dominated by Tomato.
This Tomato soup is gorgeous and needs less than 5 ingredients which is great because the only dominating flavor is that of the Tomatoes. The soup is lovely and fresh and very warm for the evenings with a nip in the air. This is a Donna Hay recipe https://www.donnahay.com.auand is perfect.
Recipe (Cooking time 1 hour out of which 40 minutes is to roast the Tomatoes, serves 2 large bowlfuls)
6 Ripe Juicy medium sized Tomatoes
5 – 6 Garlic cloves
1 1/2 cup Chicken Stock
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp Olive oil
1 1/2 tsp Sugar
Some fresh Mint sprigs to garnish (optional)
Place the Tomatoes in a baking tray lined with Baking paper. Sprinkle the olive oil, Salt and Pepper and roast in an oven for 20 minutes. Now add the garlic and roast for the next 20 minutes of till both the Garlic and Tomatoes have become soft.
Let them cool before you grind them into a puree.
Keep the puree aside till you prepare the stock.
Heat the Chicken stock in a big pan. Once it boils add the the Tomato Puree, Salt and Pepper to taste and let it boil once before turning the heat off. Serve with fresh Bread and garnish with some Mint. It is a delicious and hot soup perfect for a wintery evening when you want it to warm up your heart.