Saturday, February 25, 2012
Corn and Tomato Soup - Nice use of Fresh Summer Produce- And Some Unexpected Kudos for our Countdown Supermarket
Its a beautiful Summer's Day, they have been few and far between this year.
You may think Soup? Is she having a laugh? but I can assure you this fresh light soup was just perfect for lunch today.
I made a chicken salad for sandwiched the other day.
And, what do you get when you poach Chicken?
Why, Chicken Stock of course.
I fossicked around in the fridge
grabbed a few ingredients and quickly put together this delicious soup.
I really like using Vegeta as a flavour booster.
And when cooking tomatoes I always add a little sugar to balance to flavours
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 carrot grated
1 red onion finely sliced
2 medium tomatoes, cored and large chop
1 tbs Vegeta or any good stock powder
500 mls of homemade chicken stock
1 tsp sugar
2 cobs fresh Corn
Little parsley for garnish
I popped the corn into the microwave for 5 minutes
Removed the silk and husks, then sliced off the kernels
Meanwhile heat butter over med heat in a pot
Add carrot and onion
Gently saute till soft
Add tomatoes and Vegeta and sugar
Add chicken stock
Taste and adjust seasoning, using sea salt and black pepper if needed
Bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes
Add corn kernels
Simmer another 5 minutes
This has a wonderful fresh taste.
The corn is still crunchy, tomatoes, carrot and onion soft
By the way the Chicken Salad was pretty good as well
I lightly poached chicken thighs in water
With the addition of carrot chunks, onion, celery. stalks of parsley
Once again a tablespoon of Vegeta
Best way for moist chicken...
Bring everything to the boil.
Simmer for about 5 minutes
Turn heat off
Cover and leave for at least 30 minutes.
This should be enough for small, no skin, boneless thighs
Remove the meat and chop
Mix with some chopped cucumber, and spring onions and a little parsley
Toss in Mayo
I used a bought one.
Best Foods is pretty good.
I added some lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste
Also for an added extra, a big teaspoon of a curry coconut paste, that my friend Heinzie made.
This is so good.
The sandwiches were excellent.
I had leftovers.
Chicken Salad on Toast
An added bonus.
So "Waste Not, Want Not"
It is handy, a 2 minute drive and basically they suit me
but I frequently make complaints.
It's obvious when the big spenders, get their product on show and the particular brand, you would like gets either left off the shelf altogether... or placed so high you cant reach.
But that aside,
I have to mention their latest promotion in association, with Thomas from Rosenthal.
The prize, if you collect enough stamps is a set of excellent knives
It's like the olden days...green stamps
Collect enough and you get a prize.
Of course I got sucked in, but was a little apprehensive.
Anyhow...Last week, I had enough for my first knife.
It is excellent. I am rapidly shopping to acquire another.
Good work Countdown and Rosenthal