Winter blues? The cure : tomato soup for carnivores!

Winter blues? Colds and flus? My family’s solution= a good soup
More specifically, tomato soup for carnivores tonight.

Winter has actually not even fully started but it’s so cold, and the seasonal transition has left everyone with a bit of a cough and a snotty nose. I have a feeling this won’t be the last snotty nose this winter.

Any mom’s solution is the home penicillin: soup.

But the problem is, I’m not a well experienced soup mom. I know it always made me feel better when I was not well but never really made a lot of soups myself, with the exception of my trusted chicken, lentil and noodle soup. But I can’t keep making that everyday until everyone’s better. Especially when I’m always trying to please my son, who’s put my creativity with normal family food under pressure. We are now going through the stage when he really appreciates my food and I need to be impressing all the time as he says, when I make something new( mostly experimental), ‘ mommy that was amazing’. What better validation do you need as a mom, right?

Tonight: mom is trying out for the first time tomato soup. My meal ideas come on, on my hour drive home from work. And fortunately i drive past one of my trusted supermarkets on my way home, Pick ‘n Pay. Still torn between Food Lovers Market and Pick ‘n Pay as my favorite supermarket. And unfortunately with my surprise veggie basket this week, there weren’t any tomatoes 😌.

What do I need?
4 tomatoes
4 Pork sausages
Fresh basil
My trusted herb: fresh coriander( it’s the Indian in me)
Spices: smoked paprika powder, pepper, masala spice,
Stock cube- have not had time to make my own😳
Camembert cheese
Onion
5 cloves of garlic( absolutely love garlic)

What to do?
Start by ‘blanching’ the tomatoes. Boil tomatoes in water, cool them down and peel off the skin.
imageIn a hot pan with olive oil, soften your chopped onion, and when soft add the chopped garlic( only takes seconds). Then add the peeled tomatoes, a stock cube, 1/2 tsp of paprika, 1/2 tsp of masala spice and 1/2 cup of water and let this cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat. I would ideally go for red wine instead of water for this, but we’re keeping non-alcoholic these days.

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imageAfter 10 minutes, taste for the seasoning. If not well seasoned, you can add 1/2 or whole cube of stock: depending on your family’s palate.

In about 20 minutes, the flavours should be settled and everything cooked to your liking.
Now time for the gadgets. Blend your soup, taste and season with salt & pepper accordingly. And let it rest in a low heat.

imageSautée the pork sausages whole in olive oil. When beautifully brown, take them off the stove, cool them down for a minute or two and slice them into small slices.
This is going to be the carnivore surprise at the bottom of your soup. Some people do croutons, this what I’m going for, for my meat loving family.

imageNow time to serve. Dish your soup into soup bowl. Adding the sausage bits which will sink to the bottom, add in cubed Camembert cheese for more surprise factor and garnish with chopped basil leaves.

imageimageimageAnd?: absolutely stunning! Warm, comforting, instantly make you feel like a million dollars, homemade penicillin replacement. My family, as kind as they may be in their criticism, look like they’re finishing it. Wheeeeu!😊.

It was so delicious, I decided to pack some to work for some of my colleagues, going through the cold and flu my family is riddled with. And to my relief they concur on the healing powers.

I think I need to re-think my prescriptions for colds and flus! Instead of flu packs, maybe I should prescribe mommy’s tomato soup! # throwing mic down!😜😊

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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