Distractions in the kitchen create accidental dishes. I was happily boiling a pot of fresh tomato soup when my husband arrived with a box full of fresh groceries. I only sent him out to get some milk, so it was inevitable I was going to receive a bit more than I asked for. Why do husbands get into a ‘wild shopping’ mode as soon as they set foot in a grocery store?
As I rummaged through the box, I found a couple of avocados and some fresh mint. My simple garlic tomato soup with grilled cheese for dinner transformed into a much spicier version of a classic combination.
GARLIC CHIPOTLE TOMATO SOUP (Serves 4-6)
The number of garlic cloves in the soup may sound alarming, but for some reason the garlic cloves didn’t smell too strong and I went a little overboard. It turned out fabulous, so will definitely be repeating it.
2-3 tbsp clarified butter
12 cloves of garlic (adjust to taste)
4 cups of roughly chopped tomatoes
2 cups of sliced white onions
6 cups of water
Salt to taste
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp chipotles in adobo sauce (blitzed smooth)
Heat the clarified butter in a pot large enough to comfortably cook the soup. Saute the onions and add the cloves of garlic, (whole) followed by the tomatoes. Add the water and cover the pot.
Let the pot simmer on low heat for a couple of hours or use a slow cooker if you prefer. I wanted the soup to be smooth and shiny, for which I needed the soup to be cooked for a longer period of time. Yes, I know, I am fussy with how my tomato soup turned out.
Using a hand blender blitz the soup, until there are no lumps left. Season with salt and paprika, sprinkle the sugar and stir in the chipotle paste. Cover the pot and let it cook for a further 10 minutes before blitzing again with the hand blender.
If you prefer a silky smooth soup, sieve the soup before serving.
SUMAC JALAPENO AVOCADO CREAM
Sumac is not traditionally used in guacamole or in Mexican cooking but I think it needed the little vinegary zing, which turned out amazing.
4 jalapenos (deseeded, if you prefer)
10-12 fresh mint leaves
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tsp sumac
a pinch of taco seasoning to garnish
Blitz to the consistency you like, and spoon it onto your favourite toast. I sprinkled some fresh mint leaves on top of mine.
Considering it was a gloomy grey kind of day today, this meal not only brought colour and spice to the day but it brightened up our dinner table (in addition to clearing out sinuses!).
My husband looked at his plate and said, ‘I thought you said we are having a simple tomato toast with grilled cheese tonight? You call this simple?!!’
Yes, it was very simple to make and put together and surprisingly faster than making grilled cheese sandwiches.