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Tomato Soup with a Balsamic Zing  

 Tomato Soup 

This one is a must have in your repertoire especially for those long winters evenings, the recipe will make far more soup that you will need for two but it tastes even better warmed up following day for lunch. As you can see from the shopping list you should be able to make a basic version without the trimmings with only the ingredients from your cupboard so its very useful for that unexpected guest.

A Bit Of History>
The tomato came from South America in about the 16th century. Originally the Italians had named it 'Pomo dei Mori' which means the Apple of the Moors however the French so I am told misinterpreted this to 'Pomme d'Amour' meaning 'Apple of Love' so its just perfect for our needs!

What Wine?
If you are serving as a starter the it has to be a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc if it a main then a nice Merlot works really well.

Stock Ingredients

  • 30ml Olive 
  • 1 Onion 
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic 
  • 2 Cans of whole peeled tomatoes 
  • 250ml Vegetable or Chicken Stock> (See Stuff U Must Know)> 
  • 45 ml Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 15 ml Brown Sugar 
  • Salt to Teste 

Shopping List

  • Fresh Cream 
  • Crusty Bread 
  • Basil  

And This is What You Do!

Dice the onion and garlic and fry on a moderate heat in a medium sized pot with the olive oil, taking care not to brown them.  

Add the Cans of tomatoes with the stock then bring them to the boil. Cover the pot and allow them to simmer for about 30 minutes on a low heat. 

Take the pot off the heat and leave it to rest for about 5 minutes. 

Add the sugar and balsamic Vinegar and season well with the salt. 

Now the hard bit where it could all go very wrong and put you in hospital. We need to use the hand blender and blend everything into a smooth liquid, but be careful blenders have a bad habit of throwing hot liquid all over the place so it would be best if you could practice this when no one is around. Now would be a good time to check the seasoning and add more salt if needed. 

To serve ladle the soup in to a nice bowl add a dob of fresh cream to the centre then sprinkle some finely chopped fresh basil over the top and bobs your uncle a dish to impress any woman.  

 

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