Ages ago in Toronto, my former roommate Mariana introduced me to the Moosewood Cookbook. That was almost a decade ago, and now it’s finally part of my own collection. It’s vegetarian and world famous – dating back to 1973. In fact, The New York Times named Moosewood a top 10 bestselling cookbook of all time!
was is an Ithaca, New York restaurant and many of the recipes came straight from their menu, which must have been truly ahead of it’s time. Consider how niche vegetarianism was in the early ’70s compared to today. On the other hand, as I learned in Anthropology of Gastronomy class, vegetarianism has trended on and off since ancient Greece and India!
I am considering pulling a Julia & Julia with this cookbook – devoting myself to trying every single recipe and blogging about it. So far, I made the Spicy Tomato Soup, but couldn’t resist modifying the recipe to include half a cup of parboiled rice, in homage to the crappy Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Rice Soup I liked as a kid!
Moosewood’s Spicy Tomato Soup
- Olive Oil, 1 tbsp
- Onions, raw, 1 cup, chopped
- Garlic, 3 cloves
- Salt, 1 tsp
- Dill weed, dried, 1 tsp
- Pepper, black, 1 tsp
- Red Ripe Tomatoes, 800 grams
- Water, tap, 2 cup (8 fl oz)
- Honey, 1 tbsp
- Sour Cream, reduced fat, 1 tbsp
- Red Ripe Tomatoes, .5 cup, chopped or sliced
Saute onion and garlic in oil with spices. Add tomato and honey, simmer over low heat 20 – 30 min.
5 minutes before serving, whisk in sour cream, fresh tomatoes and top with minced herbs (like parsley or basil).
To be honest, I didn’t see in the ingredient list what was so ‘spicy’ about this soup, so besides the half cup of rice, I added two chili peppers and a bit of cayenne. Because the can of tomatoes was labelled with no added salt, I did add a pinch while sauteing the onions, (but beware – generally canned foods have high sodium content.)
I also used homemade mushroom stock instead of tap water. Why not fortify your soup with extra nutrients? Homemade stock also ensures a richer taste to soups, stews, or sauces, so every once in a while I make a huge pot of stock and store it in litre containers in my deep freeze.
The tablespoon of honey was delish in this soup and cut the tomato acidity nicely. The rice and chunky slices of onions gave this soup a hearty feel and texture, the aroma was lovely, the colour was pleasing, and “delicious as usual” was how my squeeze described this soup. Hehe!
Naturally, this soup left Campbell’s Tomato and Rice in the DUST!