Sunday, 15 January 2012

Tomato, lime & mint soup


   2lbs tomatoes, chopped mint, 2 limes, 1 pint vegetable stock, 1/2 onion, butter.
Serves: 2 Preparation: 30 minutes

Tomato soup is an institution. Mouthwatering, comforting, universally adored and at once sweet and juicy and savoury and rich - tomatoes have a natural acidity which reacts so well to the lime in this dish but the mint balances it perfectly.

1) Peel and finely dice the onions and sautee in a little butter.

2) Once the onions are soft, slice the tomatoes in half and stir into the onions. Add the vegetable stock, lime juice and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

3) Strain the tomatoes and onions from the liquid using a sieve, and puree them in the blender. Pass the tomato flesh through the sieve into the liquid, leaving the onions, seeds, core and skin in the sieve. Discard the contents of the sieve.

4) Stir the liquid and return to the hob along with the chopped mint, season well and simmer for a further 10 minutes before serving.

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