Elsie’s tomato soup!

Elsie has been asking for tomato soup for 2 days. We spent the weekend away from home, and I worked all day yesterday, and had been suffering with stomach and leg cramps all day, I was exhausted. But when I asked her what she wanted for tea, it was tomato soup again…

I asked her if she’d ever had “just tomato” soup before and the answer was no. I was thinking of making tomato and lentil, but she really didn’t want that. “Just tomato Mummy…!”

So, tomato soup it was.

This was just for Elsie as I’d eaten at work at 2:30pm, and it was only 5:30pm now. So I wanted to make a super quick, but yummy and nutritious soup for Elsie, that hopefully would satisfy her desire for tomato soup.

I will tell you my recipe now. The only reason I have decided to blog about this and not just keep it in my memory bank for next time Elsie asks for tomato soup is the reaction I got from everyone to the soup!!

My mum was here still, as she’d looked after Elsie while I’d been at work, and Steve arrived home just as I dished out the soup. There was enough there for mum to have a portion and then Steve wanted to try too, so everyone tried some. After mum’s first spoonful she was mmm-ing and delighting in this simple 5 min soup, and Elsie dug in and was silent (a sure sign that my 3 year old is really enjoying her food ­čśë ) . Then Steve wanted some and the 2 adults were both talking about how good it was. Mum then asked me if I had just made this up then, while she was chatting away to me (and could see I hadn’t followed any recipe) so of ┬ácourse I said yes. Steve then piped up about how he’d been trying to get me to write a cook book for as long as he could remember and mum was in complete agreement. I just laughed and made my exit; Heading to bed with a hot water bottle.

Up in bed I thought about what they’d said. Steve has badgered me about writing a cook book for years. I remember the first time he suggested it, back when we were on a camping holiday in a tiny 2 man tent in Wales. We just had a tiny trangia┬áto cook on and I’d made some home-made kidney bean burgers for tea. I just laughed at him and dismissed the idea, no matter how much he brought it up all holiday. I guess I was too embarrassed and certain no-one would care about any food I made, or have any interest. It felt pointless to me to even entertain the idea, for fear of disappointment.

But then there it was again last night. For the umpteenth time (Steve really does bring it up every time I make something he is impressed with.) And I lay in bed, hugging my hot water bottle and thinking about how people blog about this stuff now. How many times I’ve googled an ingredient combo, or recipe and found all sorts of yummy ideas online. So… here I am. The next morning in bed with Elsie, writing my first blog post and about to share that soup recipe with the internet world!! If nobody reads this then that’s okay, it’s been nice to write this all down. But if you have read this I hope you enjoy the soup as much as my family did. If you have a hungry 3 year old, or are hungry and feeling too exhausted to cope with proper cooking but remember reading this, give the soup a go! It is so ridiculously quick. It was definitely less than 10minutes from chopping board to bowl… Enjoy!

Recipe (serves 2):

Ingredients

Half an onion

1 clove of garlic

1 cube of frozen kale

1 tin of tomatoes

1/2 a stock cube made up in 200ml water

Dried basil

Sunflower oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Roughly chop the onion and fry in a little sunflower oil in a small saucepan. Slice the garlic and add in to the pan. Cook until soft.

Whilst the onions and garlic are frying microwave the frozen kale for 1 minute to de-frost. It will make it break down much easier, and mean the soup is ready super quickly!

Add the kale to the onion and garlic and fry for a little longer.

Add the tinned tomatoes, stock and dried basil (I just shook some in, I reckon it was about half a teaspoon)

Cook for a few minutes, stirring to prevent from catching until it is hot and bubbling.

While it is still cooking, use a hand blender to whizz this all together to make into a nice smooth consistency.

Serve and enjoy, adding salt and pepper to taste. (As this was intended for my 3 year old daughter I didn’t put any seasoning in for her, but mum and Steve added to their preference)

I will add a photo for you next time I make this. As I wasn’t planning on┬ásharing with anyone I didn’t take any photos before it had been eaten! It looks and smells delicious, dark orange with green kale and basil. Elsie ate it with wholemeal bread “for dipping”!

Enjoy ­čÖé