Saturday, August 26, 2017


For lunch today we had 'stale bread soup' made with fresh tomatoes and herbs - the tomatoes are plentiful this year and ripening quite nicely - this recipe reminds me why I plant basil every year - I garnished it with fresh parsley and grating of asiago cheese - it's delicious!!

 The recipe is from The Urban Peasant - he used to have his own show on CBC TV many years ago and I'm fortunate to have one of his cookbooks - I've always liked his style of cooking.

Stale Bread Soup - The Urban Peasant
2 T  olive oil
1 onion chopped fine
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 lbs/1kg fresh tomatoes or 1 large can tomatoes
1 t black pepper
4-5 cups hot water
2 T fresh basil or 1 t dried basil or 1 t dried thyme
2 thick slices stale bread torn into pieces
1 bunch green onions or a handful of fresh basil leaves or parsley for garnish
- Fry onion in oil over medium heat until transparent.  Stir in the pepper and garlic, cook 1 minute, add tomatoes and cook for further 5 minutes.  Stir in the bread, salt and water, simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve hot with garnish. 

Nigel the squirrel has disappeared and now Chip (the Chipmunk) is entertaining us - actually, there are two of them and they speak to us - they live in harmony with the birds and us, unlike Nigel.  This morning one of them was on the deck at the kitchen door chattering to my fella while he was making breakfast - how special is that!

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Timi said...

The soup looks delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!
The chipmunk is so cute!!! :o)

Robin in Virginia said...

Thanks for sharing the soup recipe! It looks quite good. The chipmunk is cute; we don't have many around here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Kate!

Tangos Treasures said...

Oh that soup sounds soooo good!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I love the chipmunks!!

Brigitte said...

This soup does not only look delicious it must also taste delicious. It has a lot of the things I love from the garden. Thanks for the recipe. I have to try it soon.

WoolenSails said...

I love tomato soup and always put bread in it, one of my comfort foods.
I usually use a piece of beef to flavor it, have never been able to make it taste right without.


Needled Mom said...

I'll bet that soup is delicious. It sounds much like gazpacho only warm???? I'll have to give it a try with our tomatoes.

Awww....that little chipmunk is so cute.

Carol said...

Oh, that sounds so tasty--thanks for the recipe, Kate. I really want to try to make more soups this winter. I do love soup, but the canned variety contains way too much salt for my taste :)