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Saturday 28 January 2012

Tomato Soup

I'm having mixed reviews with my tomato plants this year, but I have to confess they are planted at the side of the house and I'm not giving them the due care and attention that they possibly need.
We've been able to pick enough to keep us supplied in our needs and this was this mornings pickings alone....

But here's some I picked earlier as they say....

Guess where these were grown....? Answers on a postcard...oh well maybe not...
Actually they were grown in the desert. In Qatar to be precise! Not bad for the desert eh?
Although these tomatoes also were planted at the side of the house attached to the large concrete boundary wall, I'd have to walk past them regularly so I was very attentive....and I received my reward. Kilo after kilo...

I'm hearing from reading blogs and comments that the inevitable is happening in certain parts of the world. People are suffering in the colder weather and have the usual winter ailments, so with that in mind I thought I'd post my son's favourite soup. I just hope he doesn't see this as it will remind him about it and its 34 degrees celcius here today. Not exactly soup weather... I've also heard that Perth has 41+ (yuk!)
I'm wondering if this soup might actually be good served cold...I'll not try it though as I'm funny like that, I like my soup to be hot! No matter what the temperature is. 

Tomato Soup Recipe:-
Pick fresh tomatoes and slice in half.
Place tomatoes in an oven tray with crush garlic sprinkled over the tops.
Add fresh Basil leaves and cracked black pepper and a little sea salt. Be careful not to over season at this point because seasoning can be added later.
Drizzle with a good virgin olive oil.
Place tray in a warm oven and gently roast the tomoatoes.

Once the tomatoes smell wonderful and have softened sufficiently place them into a sieve and crush the pulp through the sieve leaving the skins and seeds etc behind. Make sure that you take the excess of pulp from the outside of the sieve.
Place to one side.


1 onion, peeled and fineley chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated or blitzed
a handful of fresh basil, roughly torn
a little olive oil
1.1 litres / 2 pints of chicken or vegetable stock
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put the onion, garlic, carrot and basil into a large pot with a couple of glugs of olive oil. Gently saute until soft.
Add stock and roasted tomatoes to pan. Gently simmer for about 20 minutes.

Puree the soup using either a food processor, a liquidizer or a hand-held blender, but be careful as it will still be hot. Once you've pureed the soup, put it back into the pan, bring back to a simmer. Season carefully with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Just before serving add a knob of butter or whisk in a little cream to give a silky texture.
Serve straight away sprinkling a few torn-up basil leaves, croutons or a swirl of cream if desired.

Enjoy : D
p.s. notice I didn't mention the Tennis today...aww well....maybe next time? ; )


  1. I could look at these photos all day, beautiful, we received another 6 inches of snow last night.

  2. Ohh Neesie, there is nothing like a tomato soup made with your own homegrown tomatoes. Yours look beautiful! We haven't had much luck with growing our own yet. But we live in hope. Maybe this will be the year! xxoo

  3. Yumbo! Mumbo! Love me some tomatoes - my favourite is to pick my cherries off the vine and eat them while they're still warm from the sun :-) Thanks for sharing this cool recipe - I'm going to look for my summer tomato soup recipe - perfect for warmer weather and I'll share too... Have a great week! xx

  4. Oh Laurie enough is enough...another six inches! I have to admit that when I saw the vibrant colour of the toms I thought about everyone in the middle of their winter and thought a good splash of colour would be a treat. I'm so glad you like them and hopefully they brought some sunshine your way.
    Take care and keep cosy....spring will come but please not just yet because we're still enjoying summer here and don't want to head into winter.
    I'll keep sending you some rays for now if that's okay :D

  5. I'll keep my fingers crossed for this year being a bumper crop for you Marie,
    I just love to nip out into the garden and pick them to go straight onto the plate. You just know they are packed with nothing but goodness.
    Have a lovely weekend xoxo

  6. Hi Brown Paper Packages...have you melted yet?
    I thought we were having it hot over here until I saw your temperatures!
    I know what you mean about picking the cherries off the vine...the amount you see in the photos are only a portion due to the very vigilant quality controllers checks...well you have to...don't you? :D
    Try to stay cool and I'd love to hear about your summer soup recipe xx

  7. How kind of you to remember those of us in the northern hemisphere who are going through winter! I like my soup hot, too.

  8. Hi Beth,
    Since I started blogging I've become very aware of so much in relation to destinations, seasons, cultures and traditions in many locations situated around the world. I think this is an added bonus when you become a blogger.
    I feel its a special community plus its always good to share. Hopefully when I'm in the middle of my winter here, someone will send me a little sunshine :)
    I hope you have a good week :D

  9. I can imagine the taste, there is nothing like home grown tomatoes. I'll have to try the soup recipe this summer.

  10. I think the tomatoes are full of flavour and so fresh picked straight from the garden, they just can't be beaten...but then slow roast them and hmmmm.....they go to another level.
    I hope you like it...come back and be sure to let me know.
    Thanks for popping by...Have a great week :D


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