Thursday, June 12, 2008

Do you love to cook?

I do! Constantly!

Last night I made 21st Century Tomato Basil Bisque with the sweet basil from my garden. It was delicious! I need to get in the habit of taking pictures when I cook, because it's also a very pretty soup - green and red and glistening!

21st Century Tomato Basil Bisque

Very easy instructions:

Heat 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp olive oil
Add 2 leeks (or one medium onion) chopped,
...let soften (5 mins-ish)
Add 3-6 garlic cloves (we opt for a lot chez Lewru!)
...saute until golden (2 mins-ish)
Add approx 2 lbs tomatoes, chopped (seeded and peeled if you're fussy)
Add 1 regular-sized can stewed tomatoes for extra juice
Add 1 tsp sea salt
...let cook for 15 minutes on medium/low
...the tomatoes should break down a bit
Add approx 2 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
Add 1/8 c dry quinoa
...let cook for 30 mins more (or as long as you like, at this point)
Add 1-2 oz fresh basil, snipped in ribbons (we use a lot here!)
...let cook for a minute or two (you can turn the heat off at this point)
...puree if you feel like it (or don't if you like the chunkier texture)
...bowl it up!
Add a squirt of lemon and shaved parmesan to each bowl!
Eat with good crusty bread slathered with pesto!

If you love to cook and you love giveaways, you have to check out this site: My Wooden Spoon! She is currently giving away a KitchenAid Stand Mixer...this is too fabulous! I would love one.


anajz said...

Your bisque sounds wonderful. I know what you mean about remembering to take photos, so many times I remember the camera AFTER my project...and then it is too late. :)
Isn't My Wooden Spoon awesome? Those apricot bars looked scrumptious.


Hausfrau said...

I will have to try this recipe as soon as my tomatoes start overwhelming me!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

That sounds wonderful. I've got to go try it.