Monday, April 12, 2010

Not leaving the house!

OK, I may have gone to the neighbour's to "borrow" a bottle of wine.

My husband had to go on a work retreat, leaving me home alone with the tots to feed and entertain them. Entertainment was planting stuff in the garden, but feeding them was another issue. I didn't want to get in the car and go to the store just to buy a few missing ingredients for dinner. That would have meant dressing them up (they have taken to wearing their pijamas all day everyday), brushing teeth, hair and washing the morning's peanut butter and jam off their faces. Instead I turned my attention to what I did have. 

In the freezer I had some chopped veg that I had been saving to make stock and in the fridge a bag of organic sweet bell peppers, (just like me) beginning to show their age. So I pulled the veg out of the freezer dumped some water on them, added a couple bay leaves, salt & pepper, fresh celery (it too was showing its age), some fresh parsley and simmered away! With the peppers, I washed them fired up the BBQ. And slowly roasted them! 

hot n'sweaty
 all fired up and ready to go
 basking in the glory
 a party in a bowl
A roasted Red Pepper kinda day Soup
  • 6 capsicum peppers, wash and leave whole
  • 1 med onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, diced and chopped
  • 2 medium stalks of celery, sliced an chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid
  • 6 cups stock, chicken or vegetable (preferably home made).
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • balsamic vinegar reduction & olive oil to drizzle (optional but really good)
  • grated parmesan cheese
First I made my veggie stock and roasted my peppers. 

To roast the the peppers I grilled them on a medium BBQ, turning and rotating until black and brown on all sides. Set them in a bowl, covered with cling wrap and set aside to steam. Meanwhile chop and prepare the remaining ingredients. After 15-30 minutes (or as long as it takes to get other stuff done), slit the peppers, removing the seeds and ribs, peel the skin and roughly sliced. Set aside.

Heat the stock and keep warm.

In a stock pot heat the oil at a medium heat, add the onions and garlic and sweat with the lid on until tender and translucent. Add carrot and celery again sweat with the lid on until just barely soft. The goal is not to brown them, but some of the smaller bits may get some colour. Salt, add roasted peppers, stir and heat through, add red wine and scrape any bits that may have stuck to the bottom. Add tomatoes and liquid stir and bring to a boil. 

Add in warm stock and return to the boil, once at a boil turn down and simmer for 30 mins or until everything is falling apart and the tomatoes are breaking up. Cool down and transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender and combine until smooth. Return to heat. Add in Balsamic vinegar and taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if needed.

To serve Drizzle with the fancy shmancy olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar... as I did for the adult version or for the kids version microplane parmesan cheese on top! Or just do it all, slip and slurp crusty bread and have a fresh cucumber salad!

While I was taking my photos my daughter insisted I take on of her fork!

                                     Kid version!

photos by me...


  1. that is gorgeous!! I love the fork photo best. Cheers.

  2. great soup and cute how your daughter is involved in the food blogging!!

  3. What a great recipe! I love roasted pepper soup, its so so SO good!! I'm bookmarking this one for future use :)

  4. The grilled peppers is a great way to symbolize the approaching summer months.

  5. @Andrea, bookmark and use a really nice balsamic to finish it off and it is so sweet!

    @Velva, as our days are warming up I am looking for ways to cook outside... pretty soon I will be cooking on a fire pit (if I had one)!

  6. @Laura & Chow and Chatter, when ever I take photo's (which is a lot) my daughter is right there making her very food arrangements.



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