In few hours I will be heading to Paris for a short and so-wanted vacation. I have a lot of plans for what to do there and I will be back packed with photos and good stories. I will leave you with a good winter-y tomato soup, a soup inspired after the one my grand-ma was making for us. It’s full of flavor, don’t compromise it and go all the way to roast the bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic, it will give a distinct flavor to the soup. Serve it simply with parmeggiano.
Also, I have for you today a give-way from Charles W. James, a book author of 36 years old who has been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005. Charles says : Like millions of other sufferers of Crohn’s or any disease, my experience has been difficult. Those early times after the onset were a bumpy ride filled with frustrations. After a good deal of research, I discovered how to control and manage my condition by eating certain types of foods – and stopped taking medication! I cannot tell you my feelings about the results because they were so positive and most of all – fast. One natural offshoot of my experience was a great interest in diet and nutrition. Today I want to share what I have discovered with as many people as I can.
Charles is offering his books today to WLA readers. The give-away is now opened and it will be closed on 7th of December 2012, 7 a.m. CET. To enter a change to win Superfoods Power Collection (including 42 Superfoods for Weight Loss, Diabetes, Memory, Cholesterol, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Cancer) and Superfood Power Volume 1, 2, 3 (Weight Loss, Diabetes, Memory) you have to like on Facebook What Liberty Ate page and Nutrition Gand page, to share this blog post on Facebook and be back and comment here, where to say the name under which you liked the above mention Facebook pages and to mention your favorite recipe you want to see it tested and photographed here. The two winners will be picked using random.org, on 7th of December and will be notified by e-mail. The name/e-mail address of the winners will be provided to Charles, who will be in charged to send the digital books. Winners can choose between a Kindle version of the books or a pdf. The give-away it’s opened world wide. No double and anonymous comments are accepted. This give-away is currently closed! Congratulation to the winners (Ana & Lily):
1. In a large baking sheet arrange the tomatoes cut in half, the bell pepper (whole), the head of garlic, red pepper and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle sea salt. Roast them at 200C, for 20 minutes. Let them cool completely, then peel of the skin of the bell peppers, cut them in small pieces and together with the tomatoes put them in a large pot. Peel of the skin of the head of garlic, you will have a very smooth paste of roasted garlic. Add it to the pot. Finely chop the red pepper (exclude the seeds, if you would prefer it more mild in spiciness) and add it to the pot.
2. Finely chop the lovage and basil and add it to the soup. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, add the chicken stock and cook the soup, with the pot cover for 10 minutes over medium heat. Let it slightly cool and then using a hand blender, homogenize all soup. Serve it warm with parmeggiano.[/stextbox]