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Saturday 2 January 2016

Sea and Soup : It's Red Pepper and Tomato !

Well the weather of late has certainly been varied, and of course for many ... disastrous, with very bad flooding hitting parts of the UK. Further afield, there has been flooding - and tornadoes in parts of the US. Wherever you are, as you read this, I hope you stay safe.

If you may have been fortunate to enjoy some good weather, I hope you had the chance to get out and about. The above picture shows two of the grand-children enjoying a walk along the beach, although the wind was certainly whipping up the sea!

... and when you get in from a bracing walk, what better than a nice bowl of red pepper and tomato soup ... sure tastes great, and boosts the energy levels for more fun ... or perhaps a quiet read of a good book!

Roast Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

A delicious warming soup stacked with vitamins & minerals.

Serves Four
3 Deep red peppers, halved & de-seeded.
1 White onion, unpeeled & halved.
4 Cloves of garlic, unpeeled.
2 Sticks of celery, sliced & chopped.
500g Plum tomatoes.
450ml Vegetable stock.
2tbsp Olive oil.
2tbsp Tomato puree.
1tbsp Sundried tomato paste.
1tsp Flaked chilli.
25g Butter.
Salt & coarsely ground black pepper

1. Pre heat oven to 190/gas mark 4. Place the pepper & onion halves (cut side down) along with the plum tomatoes & garlic cloves into a baking tray & drizzle with the olive oil. Bake at the top of your oven for 30 mins or until the vegetables are roasted & tender.
2. Meanwhile melt down the butter in a large pan over a medium heat and saute the chopped celery for 4-5 mins. Not too hot, don't burn the butter.
3. Make up the vegetable stock adding the tomato puree, sun-dried tomato paste & the chilli flakes. Mix well and then add to the sauteed celery. Remove from the heat.
4. When the baked vegetables are ready remove the peel from the onion & garlic cloves roughly chop them & add them to the pan along with the plum tomatoes. Place back on to a low to medium heat & using a hand blender blend until the soup is smooth.
5. Season to taste & gently simmer until the soup is at a comfortable edible temperature. Do not allow the soup to boil.

Certainly hope you may enjoy this recipe idea. We try and bring a wide variety, but not all recipes will suit all. Any food allergies, or underlying health issues must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
The above recipe idea from here

Have a great Saturday

All the best Jan


eileeninmd said...

Hello, your grandchildren are adorable. I agree if the weather is good, we need to get outside and enjoy! The tomato soup is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

What happy faces!
More wind and rain here today, making people bad tempered if the stand off in the car park an hour ago is anything to go by.
Soup is so comforting.
Lisa x

Jo said...

What a lovely photo of your grandchildren. We're usually out and about quite a bit between Christmas and New Year but not this year, the weather has kept us indoors. It's definitely soup weather.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Eileen ... the soup is delicious, the tomatoes and red pepper work well together.
Many thanks for your kind comments, you can't help but smile, the grandchildren look so happy.

Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Lisa ...yes, happy faces indeed, we were so fortunate to have a little sunshine and dry weather on a few occasions recently ... unlike today! It's definitely soup weather again ...

Have a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Jo ... yes it is nice to get out and about, weather permitting. It has not been too good these past weeks ... just the odd day here and there - as the photo showed.
I think soups will be on the menu plans for a good deal longer ...

Hope you have a good weekend

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

What a lovely photo. Soup looks tasty as well.
Happy New Year.

Jenny S

Debbie said...

i can't eat tomato soup without a grilled cheese. it is our go-to food when it snows and a favorite since childhood. look like a good recipe!!!

adorable little ones!!!

Martha said...

What a cute photo of your grandkids. They are adorable! And that soup looks so delicious. Another wonderful recipe from you!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Jenny ... thank you for your kind comments, they both love a walk either on the beach or near to the beach, and they are fortunate to live so close to the sea.
It's definitely been soup weather of late here in the UK!

Many good wishes for a Happy 2016 to you to...

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Debbie ... well cheese does go so well with tomato, and I can remember, growing up the wonderfully tasty cheese and tomato sandwiches my dear mum used to make ... always a favourite. Now we eat them as a bap like this here

Our grandchildren are a joy ...

Hope you are having a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Martha ... I've always enjoyed tomato soup, and this recipe with some lovely red peppers is just lovely. Red peppers are full of good nutrients too - as you can see here

I just had to share that lovely photo - it just makes me smile

Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

chris c said...

Barton? I recognise that going right back to when I was that age, although a lot of it has fallen into the sea since.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh I love this picture, Jan. Your grandchildren look like they are so happy in this picture. I miss the ocean sometimes, but got to see it when we went to Jess' for Thanksgiving.

Here's to a good new year!


Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Chris ... yes, you are right, and yes over the years the shapes of the cliffs have changed ... sometimes the walks take on a slightly different and safer route ... a close eye is kept on erosion.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Sheri ...the grand-children love being beside the seaside, and it always give a great sense of freedom!
It's nice that you can still enjoy the ocean on your visits to Jess.

Hope the New Year has started well - may 2016 be a good one for you.

All the best Jan

Barb said...

This looks like a keeper - I pinned it.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Barb
Pleased you liked the look and sound of the recipe … it's just right for cooler days.

My good wishes.

All the best Jan