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    Cream of Tomato Soup

    A favourite of the Bear family

    <big>Cream of Tomato Soup</big>

    Olive oil or 1 oz/25g butter
    1 small onion - chopped
    1 carrot- chopped
    2 Ib/900g Tomatoes - chopped
    1 pint/600ml Vegetable stock
    1 tsp Oregano
    1 tsp Thyme
    2 tsp Sugar
    handful of ripped fresh basil leaves
    salt & pepper
    Greek yoghurt or fromage frais or double cream

    Place the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and carrot and fry for 5 minutes then add all the tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes.

    Take the vegetale stock mixed with the organo and thyme and add to the tomato base, add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil and immediately reduce to a simmer and cook for a further 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft. At the 15 minute mark of this stage add a handful of coarsely ripped basil leaves and stir in.

    Take the ingredients and blend thoroughly in a blender and then run through a sieve to remove skins.

    Return to the freshly rinsed pan add the sugar and bring it up to just before boiling.

    Place in a large bowl along with the Croutons


    4 slices of fresh bread (No crusts)
    Olive oil

    Cut the slices of bread with a very sharp knife into 1 cm squares. Place in a baking tray and drizzle olive oil over the cubes so that they are lightly covered. Sprinkle over some thyme and place under a medium heated grill until brown and sizzling.

    This should take about 10 minutes

    Serve with freshly warmed Tomato soup

    Serving suggestion

    Tomato soup with a BIG dollop of Greek yoghurt and lots of the bowls licked clean <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Cream of Tomato Soup

    Gosh that makes my mouth water just reading the recipe - guess I will be talking to the lady in residence when we will make this.
    At the moment, here in NZ, tomatoes are quite expensive, but will rapidly drop in price over the next month as the weather gets consistently warmer. I'm hoping that my tomatoes will be on stream by Christmas, these are the sweet cherry variety which we love in salads and cooking. We all love these so much that now I have to buy 5 plants each year, one for my household, and one each for the grandchildren. They so love going out and picking their own tomatoes for dinner, or the older ones just eating them after school.
    Many thanks Jerry for sharing your recipe, hope Mrs J recognises your philanthropy. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> <img src=/S/chef.gif border=0 alt=chef width=19 height=22>
    Paul Coyle
    Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon

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    Re: Cream of Tomato Soup

    <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15> I made this for our dinner this evening. I took a few liberties with the recipe since I didn't have fresh tomatoes. I used some frozen ones that I had. Therefore I didn't have to run anything through a strainer, I just let it simmer for awhile so that everything was very tender and mushy in consistency. I used heavy cream but intend to try the yoghurt next time I make this! The flavor is excellent with the choice of spices you selected. Oh, and I had to use dried basil which probably didn't add quite the taste to the soup that you achieve - but all in all, it was delicious. I have to confess that I didn't know making croutons was this easy! Thanks Jerry for the inspiration! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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