Saturday, June 2, 2012

Progress with the tomato hater

I made one of my favorite soups, a creamy tomato soup (recipe below), and the girl had not one, but two (small) bowls of it. I left out the crushed red peppers that I usually add to the soup and settled for just sprinkling my portion with cayenne which was an acceptable modification.

To give you a sense of the momentousness of this please consider, she has:

  • vowed never to eat a raw tomato
  • won't eat tomato sauce on pasta
  • only barely tolerates tomato-based pizza sauce
To keep it interesting, the boy, who has no problem with (smooth) tomato sauce on pasta and sauce on pizza (no raw tomatoes for him, though) tasted it and threw his arms up in the air with an expression on his face that I can only call a rictus of alarm. It was only one step up from when he ran to the trash can and spat out the lentil soup I asked him to try. (And yes, I was tempted to make him try another taste just to see if he would repeat the response, sort of like a tap-to-the-knee reflex. I'm a little sick that way.)

Creamy Tomato Soup
adapted from this recipe from Food and Wine, March 2004

1 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 medium or 2 small onions, sliced thin
3 or 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed or chopped
2 big 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes in their juice
1 c water (use it to swish out the bits of residual tomato in the cans)
1 heaping T sugar
1/4 t crushed red pepper (leave out if you are dealing with sensitive palates and put some cayenne on the table w/in reach of those who like spice)
1/4 t celery seed
1/4-1/2 t dried oregano
2/3 - 1 C cream, half and half or whole milk (depending on how much acidity you want to off-set. For my sensitive kid, I went with cream)
salt and pepper (the latter is, again, optional)
chives, for garnish (optional)

In a saucepan, melt butter with the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes until soft. 

Add tomatoes and juice, water, sugar, crushed red peppers (optional), celery seed and oregano. Bring to a boil and break up the tomatoes with a knife or back of a spoon.

Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Puree in batches in the blender until smooth. Then stir in cream.

Snip some chives on each serving, unless, of course, there will be blood-curdling screams at the sight of something green.

1 comment:

  1. At almost 53, I still can't tolerate a "raw" tomato.