Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cleaning Out The Freezer

I found some frozen tomatoes in my freezer the other day. I know, it seems weird to use frozen tomatoes at the peak of tomato season but I had thrown them into the freezer a few weeks back when I had to go away for a bit. So, in the midst of a diet, I thought I would also try cleaning out my freezer and so the frozen tomatoes were put to work.

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There's really not much you can do with frozen tomatoes except to make sauce or soup with them, since they turn to complete mush once thawed. With the cooler weather these past few days (a little sigh of relief anyone?), it made me crave something hot that I can sip on while snuggled on the couch.

Originally, I was going to make a tomato soup from a Cordon Bleu recipe that I really like, but then came across this recipe for a Spicy Tomato Soup over at christina EATS. I love how easily this soup comes together. Because I used frozen tomatoes, I didn't even need to chop them up. I just smushed them with my hands and threw it into the pot. I used chicken stock in place of the water to give the soup a bit more flavour, and used fresh corn since it's corn season and I had a lot sitting in my fridge. I'd also love to add a can of black beans or red kidney beans next time to make it into a heartier meal. If you're not a big fan of chunky soups, you can also throw it into your blender and puree until smooth.

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This is a wonderfully aromatic, spicy soup (the sweetness of the corn, the slight tartness of the tomatoes, the heat of the cayenne and ginger...how can you resist such flavour combinations!) that warms the soul on a balmy summer evening.

2 comments:

Christina September 5, 2009 at 10:28 PM  

thanks so much for trying out my recipe and linking to my post! - I love your variations and idea of pureeing the soup :) happy cooking!

Bonita September 7, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

Thank YOU for the wonderful recipe and inspiration. The soup was truly delicious and so easy to make! A great way to use up my tomatoes.

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