Valentine’s Day Recipe – Roasted ‘Love Apple’ Soup

Love Apple Soup

Throughout history, the humble tomato has enjoyed numerous curious names such as Pomme d’Amour, Moor’s Apple and Wolf Peach.

But our favorite is “the Love Apple,” derived from an early belief that tomatoes had aphrodisiac powers.

The tomato was not always considered good to eat.  Many thought it was poisonous because it belongs to the nightshade family, so in Victorian times it was grown mainly as a decorative plant.

Today, thousands of types of tomatoes are cultivated worldwide for consumption, though only a few varieties appear in our stores.

Tomatoes form the basis for our romantically named featured dish—”Roasted Love Apple Soup,” which can appropriately be served hot on Valentine’s Day.  For our recipe shown below, cherry tomatoes provide the best flavor, but it is worth experimenting with other tomatoes.

Though you won’t require your Kyocera Ceramic knives for use on cherry tomatoes, you will certainly need them to slice larger tomatoes and chop the onion and chives required in our recipe.

Valentine’s Day provides the perfect opportunity for a quiet evening in with home-cooked food and a good bottle of wine. This recipe for tomato soup makes a simple starter for any meal. The dish can be prepared well in advance and stored in the fridge.

Recipe for Love Apple Soup

Serves two (2) – very generous portions

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: approximately 1 hour

Ingredients:

• 1 lb. cherry tomatoes – washed and left whole

• 1 small onion – peeled and finely chopped

• 4 cloves of garlic – do not peel

• 3 tbsp olive oil – for drizzling on tomatoes

• 1 tbsp olive oil – to fry onions

• 15 fl. Oz. light vegetable stock

• Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

To Serve:

• Chives, finely chopped

• Heart-shaped croutons

• Soya cream (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Place all the tomatoes and garlic in a single layer in a large roasting dish and drizzle with 45 ml of oil.
  3. Roast in the oven for approximately 30 minutes. The garlic should be soft when pierced with a knife.    The tomatoes should be changing color and the skins starting to split.
  4. Use a large saucepan to fry the chopped onions until just translucent. Take care not to let them go brown because this will affect the color and flavor of the soup.
  5. Squeeze the garlic skins to remove the flesh and add this to the onions.
  6. Add the roasted tomatoes together with any juices in the roasting dish.
  7. Pour in the vegetable stock, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool and blend until the soup is very smooth and the tomato skins are well blended.
  9. Season to taste.

For Valentine’s Day, serve Love Apple Soup piping hot with heart-shaped croutons, a swirl of soya cream, a sprinkling of chopped chives and a fresh bagel.



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