Sunday, 27 December 2009

Tomato Capsicum Soup

Okay so something for the cold.. or warm, as you prefer..

You need:

1 kilo fresh red tomatoes
1 large red capsicum
1 tbls oil, preferably olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium sized onion
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepepr
1/4 tsp white pepper
12 tbls butter
1 full tbls plain white flour

with all that, do this:

1- cut the capsicum in half, or quarters and put it under the grill, to get all blackened and burnt. As soon as it is that, take it out and put it in a plastic bag or cover well with a cloth. Though the bag does it better. Let it cool down a bit

2- chop the onions roughly, and put them in the pot along with the oil, stirring, to get them slightly golden. Add the garlic, chopped roughly, the bay leaf and the tomatoes, halved and a quarter glass water

3- mix, turn and toss and cover on low heat for at least 10 minutes. Keep the heat low so it doesnt burn

4- meanwhile, remove the capsicum and peel off the skin. Should come off easily. Chop the capsicum, set aside

5- chk tomatoes. Their skin should be easily removable. Do that - pick it off with a tong. Thats why you should only halve them - otherwise you'll hang around forever, finding all the pieces...

6- add the capsicum and let the whole mixture cook a while - around 15 minutes. The veggies will be soft and mushy

7- remove from heat and cool down enough to blend

8- meanwhile, heat the butter in  the pan and toss in the flour, mixing swiftly, to avoid any clumps and add the spices. Keep a glass of water at hand, and pour in quickly, to form a thin soup. You can add more, if you wish but then the soup will be too thin

9- blend the tomato mix and pour that in the pot and let it boil up. Once it has, just switch off the stove and let it sit there for a few minutes

10 - serve with croissants or any bread of your choice...

Note: you can of course substitute the plain flour for some chicken broth cubes.. and add a carrot too, only that will mean longer cooking times. I suggest you just try it as is first and then see what you like. The salt pepper is what I used, because I prefer to taste the flavour of the capsicum and tomato. You can adjust according to your taste.

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