Spicy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Friday, 30 April 2010

As you know I love nifty kitchenware. I'm often found in the kitchen department of random shops just looking to see what I might be missing out on. Luckily, other people know I'm a sucker for this stuff and I sometimes get things as presents.

It was my birthday last week and I received these funky soup mugs from my brother as a gift. I'd seen them around Christmas time and had pined over them for a while. He'd tried to get some then but they were soon sold out. However, the boy triumphed and I now have 2 of the little beasts in my collection. I am happy.

So, I've had soup on the brain for a week or so even though the weather is toasty. So I wondered what kind of flavours would make a tasty soup for this summery weather. I ended up choosing tomato and red pepper. The flavours are sweet and bright and I added some chili to give it a warm heat to perk it up a little. This was a real throw together dish with ingredients I had kicking about but it was delicious!

1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp oil
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 roasted red pepper (from a jar - you can easily make your own!)
1 tin tomatoes
1/2 pint chicken or vegetable stock (fresh or from a cube)
Pinch of dried mixed herbs
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp Peri Peri spice
A few dashes of Smoked Tabasco
1 bay leaf (2 if they're small)

Gently fry the onion, garlic and peppers in the oil until softened but not browned.
Add the tin of tomatoes and the hot stock and bring to a boil.
Add the herbs, spices, Tabasco and bay leaf. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.
Blend the soup with a stick blender or liquidiser until it reaches the desired consistency (add more water if it's too thick).
Serve with crusty bread.



Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Wow, I can't believe how long it has been since I last updated! Things have been very busy around here for lots of good reasons. As I mentioned before I'm still settling into a new job which is going really well. I'm working as a support worker in a local hostel for homeless teenagers. It's very worthwhile but it's strange getting used to shift work again!

As I also mentioned (okay, glossed over) the fact that I'm starting a new business up too. I've teamed up with a friend to start Pixie Hall selling handmade gifts and wedding favours. I do the baking part of the deal and she (Victoria) makes the most gorgeous stained glass gift tags and decorations. We hope to be up and running soon!

As far as the blog goes, it will be back with regular updates soon. I'm also hoping to post PH related bits and pieces as they happen. Thanks for sticking around through the quiet, I'll be back up and running soon!


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