09 November, 2006

Cream of Tomato Soup

Every winter,
When the great sun has turned his face away,
The earth goes down into a vale of grief,
And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay
Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.
~Charles Kingsley

Cream of Tomato Soup

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. And I’m happy when I’m snuggling with my hubby in a couch with warm blanket and slurping a hot cuppa or piping hot bowl of soup watching the world go around slowly… Winter is the best season to enjoy soups with warm freshly baked bread right out of oven. Who says winter is cold and boring? Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. And we both have so many warm memories to share which makes our days turn into beautiful sunny day.

Mmmm... Winter is beautiful...Cozy...Comforting...Relaxing...AND Soups....
I love soups...but love them more at this time of year. I'm going to post lots of soup recipes and today its Cream of Tomato Soup's turn. My all time favourite... I love it because of its bright sunny colour which always brings smile on my face. It reminds me of bright, lovely sunny days... Its been my favourite soup and will always remain. I dont think I'll ever get bored of this:)

Bright and Sunny... Cream of Tomato Soup

1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1/2 Kg ripe red Tomatoes, chopped (Now you know how much I love this soup:)
2 small tender Carrots, grated
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp Corn Flour
1/4 cup Milk
1 tbsp Butter
Salt+Pepper+Sugar to taste

Cream of Tomato Soup with Poppy Seed Bread

Heat butter in a pan and add bay leaf and chopped onions
Fry them for 2-3 minutes and add grated carrots
Stir this for a minute or two and then add chopped tomatoes.
Add enough water to cover the pieces and cook till tomatoes become tender
Take the pan from heat and cool down the mixture and blend it in a mixi and starin well.
Make a white sauce with milk and corn flour.
Heat the soup with salt & sugar till boiling point in reduced flame stirring in between.
Add white sauce slowly while strirring the soup.
Cook in reduced flame for few more minutes.
Serve hot sprinkled with pepper powder along with bread croutons.

Cream of Tomato Soup

After adding white sauce do not heat the soup for long time.
Always heat any soup in reduced flame to avoid milk curdling.

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer”

-Albert Camus


  1. I love soup! Your recipes seems like it is very easy. Can I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones?

  2. hi praveena,
    you can use canned tomatoes. but i prefer using fresh ripe tomatoes which are much juicier than canned ones... but no worries... as long as they are tomatoes its fine:) so go ahead and give it a try:)

  3. Sia: a wonderful post indeed! your description of the comforts and joy of winter is so true to my heart too. I see winters as the season to unwind and prepare for the coming new year.
    I love tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich anyday!
    Looking forward for more soup recipes!


  4. Trupti, keep in touch babes... there is lot more recipes to come:)

  5. i'm new to ur blog and deeply impressed by ur presentation and the pictures...Tomato soup looks perfect...I can't wait to give it a try..Great going Sia

  6. Thanks for the recipe,its a must try!Lovely qoute in the end of your post too!

  7. hi annita,
    thanks for stopping by and welcome to my blog. let me know how it turns out.

  8. hi sumitha,
    soups are must at this time of the year:) i love collecting quotes:) they express our feelings in much better way:)

  9. What a gorgeous color of that soup, love the poppy seed bread too.You need a tooth pick to take out all that darn poppies out of your teeth, Trupti:D
    Yup, speaking from experience:))
    Great recipe for winter.

  10. Hi Sia, You have a gorgeous blog and I loved the music

  11. Hi Asha,
    the taste of poppy seed bread makes up for it...
    thanks for ur comment:)

  12. hi anupama,
    welcome to my blog... i see that u too are keen blogger:) A.R. Rehman is my fav music composer:)

  13. Wow, looks delicious. Great pictures too.

  14. hi lakshmi,
    thanks for ur compliments:)

  15. hey sia tried ur soup for T&T event and it came out so good. my husband luved it.thanks for the recipe dear..will be blogging abt it soon :)

  16. Thanks for the recipe Sia. It turned out to be the best soup I ever had (after Panera's tomato soup).


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