Now, as you may remember I’m Danish, but living here in the UK. I have brought a lot of the Danish traditions with me. One of the things Denmark is well known for is “Hygge”, a form of cosiness. For me “Hygge” is very clearly connected with food and lovely people and a cosy atmosphere.
However, this does not mean you can’t experience “Hygge” even if you are on your own. “Hygge” exist where you create it. If I feel a bit cold and down, nothing makes me happier than comfort food, and I always got a homemade tomato soup on standby in the freezer (so much better than tinned).
I made a batch the other day and froze down in portions, and it was a very good choice as that day Toddler “Blip” wanted a picnic in the park. So, of to the playground we went where he had sandwiches and juice. Sitting on a small towel, (this was to resemble the picnic blanket). He really enjoyed the picnic, and afterwards we played. Yes, I joined in on the playground and it was fun. Luckily, Baby “Flipper” was nice and warm and sleeping in his pram.
When we finally came back home, I was freezing, and needed something nice and cosy to keep me warm, so homemade tomato soup it was. Picnic in October is slightly too cold for me.
Unfortunately, we realized afterwards that my toddler lost his beloved elephant, on our picnic trip. Sophie is nowhere to be found. Therefore, I have ended up ordering him a replacement online, and told him that Sophie is on holiday.
Ps. this is an old picture of Toddler “Blip” and Sophie. Only clear one I had of the elephant.
With the help of some amazing people on Facebook, in the “Hygge” pages, he will now receive postcards from Sophie’s Holiday around the world. I will be making a different post regarding that.
In case anyone fancy to join the “Hygge” community on Facebook, here is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheHyggeNook/
Now, let’s return to the tomato soup, my husband is fussy when it comes to tomatoes, if they feel slightly too soft/hard he won’t eat them (silly man!). So, we regularly have too many for me to eat.
Every time I got too many for me to get through, I wash them and stick them in freezer (no need to skin them first). Sometimes it’s just one, other times its more.
When I got a good freezer bag full I make them into tomato soup, you could obviously do it with fresh tomatoes instead.
This is a brilliant way to use up those tomatoes, a proper waste not, want not.
Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup
16 Large tomatoes
1 punned of cherry tomatoes – (around 1 kg of tomatoes in total).
1 Whole Garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt an pepper
100 ml single cream
Put all the tomatoes in roasting trays, (don’t overfill) keep the skin on them. Then add the garlic cloves, you can keep the skin on these as well.
Drizzle with the Olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Roast the tomatoes for around 1 hour at 180C (I normally would do this if I have to have the oven on anyways). Now, take the tomatoes out and pour all the liquid into the slow cooker, (and any black parts get it into the slow cooker as well).
Now, squeeze the tomatoes out of the skin and add the flesh to the slow cooker. This should be easy to do.
Add the roasted garlic to the soup as well, by squeezing them out of the skin. They will have gone almost sweet being roasted.
Add around 250 ml of water to the dish and cook on high for 2 hours.
Now blend the mixture with a stick blender and then add the single cream to the tomato soup, a bit at the time. Mix it well and remember to taste, you may not need the full 100 ml of cream.
Season with salt and pepper.
Now, you can eat it as it is, or you could add a bit of homemade chilli oil to it if you wish and with garlic bread.
I like to freeze it in portions, that way I can easily have a bowl of soup whenever I fancy.
Bon Appetite – As my granddad would have said
These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per October 2017)
Tomatoes £1.92 (basic tomatoes)
Olive oil 10 p
Salt an pepper 5p
Single cream 33p (based on 300ml at £1.00)
Total £2.70 – per portion 68p