Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tomato Stock

Fresh from our garden. It was line time up before these tomatoes made their mad dash to the escape food processor. Their reprieve was denied by the Governor, and with the assistance of an old recipe from Bon Appetit, here is how I entertained myself yesterday afternoon.
Birdman's Tomato Soup
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium , finely chopped onion
2 lbs. ripe sliced tomatoes (unpeeled)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 tsp. cornstarch
3 cups of chicken stock
fresh ground pepper
herb salt
1 tomato, peeled, cut julienne
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tbsp. chives
1 tsp. light honey
Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a 4qt. saucepan. Over med. heat, add onion and cook til translucent. Add sliced tomatoes and cook 3 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, bay leaf, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stir often. Transfer mixture to processor and puree. Return puree to saucepan. Combine cornstarch and  1 tbsp. oil in a small bowl. Stir into puree. Add stock and bring to boil over med. heat, stir constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Season with pepper and herb salt. Stir in tomato julienne, parsley, chives and honey. 
With a loaf of homemade bread on the side, that's one delicious meal for a cool Sunday.
Bon Appetit... in more ways than one!


  1. I don't think i have ever made tomato soup, but i do enjoy it.

  2. Can't you buy tomato soup in a store up thar? Sheesh! That would take me a week just to read all the ingredients. And why waste good tomatoes on soup when you could make a Bloody Mary?

  3. People here make this every summer and put it up in liter good....

  4. Man, nothing better than your own home-grown tomatoes! And such vibrant red color too! Wonderful :^)

  5. Nice shot and the soup sounds tasty.

  6. Sounds like a perfect meal to me!

  7. my absolute favorite vegetable! I eat it all summer long , in all possible ways!Italians call it "golden apple" and I agree, this is a real natural treasure!

  8. Beautiful picture and I'd bet the result tasted very good. I've completely lost my cooking skills (I once had some). I get home from work late, she makes dinner and I prepared tomorrow's post.

  9. Oh does that tomato soup sound good -- better than the kind my mother made when I was young, her's was called Campbell soup! -- barbara

    1. These days I hear Campbell; I think Warhol. Right side of brain at work, I guess.

  10. It sounds wonderful. My tomatoes are just about finished for the season or I would be tempted to try it - I may have to buy some & have a go at it.

  11. That sounds so good and the tomatoes are beautiful!

  12. A bit too far for my scarce kitchen skills, but I would really like to give it a try...

  13. Hey BM: Here's what I know. About 80,000 people now live in The Villages. Most of them are over 55. People continue to come from all over the world. A new "hometown" is being built at this time.

    One can get all the channels that are available elsewhere although there is a certain percentage of dumber persons in The Villages who get their news from FAUX News. I think The Villages has a certain number of teapot crackpots, too. There are a lot of rabid folks who dislike the government for some reason even though they're almost totally dependent on it for their well-being. :-)

  14. Great recipe. Will have to try it soon while all the garden tomatoes are around. Most appealing. We made a tomatoe based vegetable chili this morning. The recipe came originally from Gurnee Seed Co. This chili is eaten cold as a soup, or as a great dip.

  15. Sounds excellent. Nothing like fresh tomatoes for real flavor.

  16. Good looking tomatoes! (I just eat . . . I don't cook.)

  17. Cooking is such a pleasurable activity, and this recipe sounds simple and delicious. Great lookin' tomatoes. l made ratatouille tonight with wonderful produce and it was fantastic. As I walked thru our Farmers Mkt yesterday I marveled at the colors...row on row. Terrific time of year for vegetables.

  18. I love tomatoes, and this picture gave me ideas! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, I will try it! :)

  19. Good & good for ya...I made my first pesto yesterday with my own homegrown basil...Me, who is totally not a gardener or a cook!

  20. I'm so making this for supper over the weekend, thanks 'master chef' haha!

  21. Sounds good, But I'm not such a big fan of Onions, so I'll just have to take out some of the stuff i don't like but it does sound good