I was craving something chocolatey today and remember my client had sent me a homemade Nutella recipe that looked so good! Lucky I had all the ingredients to make my treat!
Camera man and I are in CA for a week to visit family and friends. The weather has been more than perfect and it's been nice to get a break from the Boston chill.
Yesterday I made a tomato soup. I read different recipes and came up with my own. The final product was delicious. A definite thumbs up!
10 vine ripe tomatoes cut in quarters
5-7 garlic cloves
1-1.5 tsp cumin
1 Cup chicken or vegetable stalk
cayenne pepper (optional for a little kick)
goat cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 450
Dice tomatoes into quarters and put them in a baking dish. Cover the tomatoes with EVOO and add plenty of salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. I would say add enough salt not TOO much, but do not be afraid to add the pepper, oregano, and basil.
In the dish place 5-7 garlic cloves. They will get nice and soft as they cook in the oven and will add great flavor to your soup.
Place the tomatoes and garlic in the oven for 35 minutes. As they cook you will notice juices emerging from the tomatoes and a wonderful smell will fill in the air! Mix the tomatoes twice. Once after 15 minutes and again after 25 minutes.
After the tomatoes are cooked, carefully take the dish out of the oven as the tomatoes will now be sitting in a lot of tomatoes juices.
Heat a large pot (one that you would make a soup in) and add EVOO or vegetable oil, crushed garlic, cumin, coriander, and a little cayenne pepper if you want a kick. I would add about 1/2 tsp-1tsp of each, less for the cayenne. Feel free to add more of the seasonings and make sure there is enough oil so that the seasonings do not get stuck to the bottom of the pot. Do not let the garlic burn. Put the fire on medium to low heat. You want it to sizzle for about 3-5 minutes. Keep mixing.
Add the tomatoes and all of their juices to the pot of seasonings and mix for a minute.
Add 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock. Mix everything and simmer on low for about 3 minutes.
Take the tomato mixture off the heat and let it sit and cool down. After about 10 minutes blend everything. You can puree if you have an immersion blender. Or you can pour it in your blender like I did! Works great.
I made the soup with a grill cheese sandwich on the side. YUM. For my camera man I added a tsp of crumbled goat cheese, in his bowl, to give it a little more creaminess. Camera man said he LIKED the tomato soup!!!! This could be one of the very few dishes he has given positive feed back on. WOW.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!