Sunday, 15 January 2012

Vanilla & tomato soup


  2 lbs tomatoes, 1 pint vegetable stock, vanilla pod, 1/2 onion, butter.
Serves: 2 preparation: 30 minutes

i know this sounds unusual but tomato and strawberry can be interchangeable in salads and sandwiches - both go successfully with most of the same ingredients and in this case, vanilla brings out the spiciness of tomato in the way that it brings out the sweetness of strawberry.

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 remove the seeds. Stir the tomatoes into the onions and add the vegetable stock.

3) Slice the vanilla pod in half and use the knife to scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the pod to the pan and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

4) Strain the tomatoes, vanilla pod and onions from the liquid using a sieve and pass the tomato flesh through the sieve into the liquid, leaving the onions and skin in the sieve. Discard the contents of the sieve.

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

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