Thursday, May 03, 2012

Love Apple Soup

Love Apples was the first name for tomatoes found in the Andes. They were thought to be poisonous at first and then thought to be an aphrodisiac.
They are tasty whatever they are.
Here is a lovely English recipe for them:

1 medium tomato chopped
1 Tablespoons of butter
3 1/4 cups of chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
salt, pepper to taste
a teaspoon of sugar
1 pound of large ripe tomatoes. If they are New Jersey tomatoes this will taste 100 times better.
chives to garnish

Cover the tomatoes with boiling water to help remove the skins. If they stand about a minute, the skin should slip right off.
Chop them up. If you want to mash them up or run through a food processor, you can. It will make the soup a puree in that case.
Melt your butter and gently cook the onion until it is transparent.
Add the tomatoes and onions and spices to your stock and season to taste.
Bring it to a good boil, then lower your temperature  and simmer for  half an hour.
Serve with chopped chives or chopped green onion on the top and hot crusty  bread.


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