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Spicy Green Tomato Soup

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Are you tired of looking at everybody else’s garden leftovers yet?  Now that the days are getting shorter and a chill wind is starting to blow,you might think that you’ve seen the last of the zucchini, the eggplants and the tomatoes. Let me tell you soemthing -there’s never an end to the tomatoes. Fallen leaves are piling up on the lawn and the home gardeners are still trying to get you to take those hard little green tomatoes off their hands.

Fried green tomatoes – the scourge of the autumn kitchen everywhere. first of all, they’re not so easy to make without burning the coating. Second, any flavor comes from the grease, not the tomato itself. While I am a big fan of grease in all its yummy forms,  there’s a limit to how many fried green tomatoes can a person eat even if you get it right.

So what to do? Make soup!

SPICY GREEN TOMATO SOUP


3 tablespoon  oil      

1 cup  diced onions

2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

2   cloves  of finely chopped garlic
      

1 teaspoon ground coriander
      

2 teaspoons cumin
   

2 teaspoons curry powder

3 cups chopped green tomatoes       

1 diced green pepper          

2 cups diced potatoes      

2 cups  vegetable broth
      

1 tablespoon of honey
      

2 tablespoons red pepper flakes, finely chopped
   

1/2 cup coconut milk   

1/2 teaspoon salt
    

1/4 cup plain yogurt
    

1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts    

In the bottom of a soup pot, heat the ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin and curry powder over medium heat until the fragrance is released. Stir continuously.  Then add  the  onions and the salt and stir to coat.  Add the oil and cook until the onions are soft. Add the  tomatoes, pepper, potatoes, broth, honey, and hot pepper flakes. Bring  to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 30  minutes. Puree the soup using a hand-held blender. Stir in the coconut milk, then heat just to a simmer. Ladle into serving bowls and top with 2 tablespppons of yogurt and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

How fortunate that this recipe comes along at just this time. The Soup Lady is having a love affair – a love affair with curry.  Some like it hot but you already know that the Soup Lady likes it hot and sweaty. I would put a picture of Fabio here but he’s not sweaty. Just hot. Oh, what the heck:

Fabio

Yummy!

Soup? What soup?

Oh, yeah – the green tomato soup. It was okay, but it was completely unappetizing to look at – a pale blend of iffy coloration that did not provide enough contrast with the whiteness of the yogurt on top. There was a nice spicy tang to it but it lack muscle, if you know what I mean. It was more of a liquid heat instead of the robusto performance you want from a soup when the chilly weather starts to come around and the sweetness of the coconut milk and honey only served to get in my way.

So when all is said and one, this soup was good for a laugh  but it’s not something that you’d want to get involved with any too often. It’s a good thing that green tomato season is so short.

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