Thursday, September 25, 2014

MoFo: Our Original Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup
from "The Art of Taste," by Beatrix Rohlsen

Today I made tomato soup for dinner. Mr VE&T loves tomato soup more than almost any other food. He is constantly asking me to make tomato soup. Over the years, I have made many fine bowls of tomato soup. But today I went way back to the original tomato soup. Some couples hear a song come on the radio, and say "Oh, it's our song!" Well, this soup is sorta like "our tomato soup."


We have been together so long that I could practically have called this another noshtalgia post. 
We were so young!

Mr VE&T and I met when we both worked at Yahoo! Geez, it was almost 16 years ago that we met. While working at Yahoo! I also met the first vegan people I ever knew (hi Bill! hi Jen!) I was a vegetarian for many years before I ever heard the word vegan or the concept vegan, and my excellent friends at work were loving guides as I started exploring this new idea. Within a year, I was a vegan too.

Right around the time that Mr VE&T and I started "officially" dating, I completed my first Yoga Teachers Training. I had been practicing for about 5 years already, but I was hardly a natural-born yogi. Even after 5 years, I still couldn't touch my toes. I remember being on my mat and staring - dumfounded! - at the lithe young gal next to me who could wrap her hands around her feet. How was that possible!? Ha ha. I'm happy to report that I can now touch my toes. 

At that Teachers Training course, all the food was vegan. It was a 16-day course and I ate vegan the whole time. It was such a great experience. By the end, I felt totally amazing. In fact, I had never felt better. All that yoga, all that good eating, and especially that refreshing clean conscience! The woman who cooked for our retreat had a cookbook, and I bought myself a copy. And, that's where this tomato soup recipe comes from. 


For me, this soup reminds me of when I was first really learning to cook, when I was first really committing to veganism, and when I was first really committing to Mr. VE&T. So, that's pretty awesome. In fact I featured this recipe in the very first Christmas Cookbooklette that I ever made, in December of 2000. I've made one every year since then! Nowadays I put a lot more effort into my doodles - look how elementary that little drawing is! ha ha. 


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12 comments:

  1. Wow this looks delish! Interesting that it uses tofu, such a creative way to add creaminess! :)

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  2. I have been doing yoga for a year (bikram style) and I am nowhere near being able to touch my toes!

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  3. Oh, I need to try this one! I love tomato soup, and I've never added silken tofu for creaminess. I've never been limber at all. It's nice to know there's hope for me!

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  4. That's so sweet! Certain foods really take me back in time. It nice to have food spark those memories. I can't touch my toes yet, but thanks for giving me hope!

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  5. Yay tomato soup! I'll have to try out your recipe next time I make it.
    I've always been able to touch my toes but pigeon pose is my nemesis!

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  6. Oh yum, I love tomato soup and I love the story behind this tomato soup. It sounds delicious and I love that you've been making it for such a long time.

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  7. I love the story behind this one Amey and the soup itself sounds super delicious.

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  8. Aw, loved this post! Paul and I have "our spaghetti" with a homemade sauce. He makes the mushrooms. I handle sauce and we're both on noodle duty. :-)

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  9. Wow, it is hard to believe 16 years have passed so quickly! I have all of your cookbooklets in order on my shelf. While I am waiting for something to cook, I will often pull one of the shelf and open up to a random doodle. That always makes me happy :)

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  10. Oh wow! This tomato soup looks delicious. And congratulations on 16 years.

    I also have a few recipes that I go back to again and again. The first thing I cooked for my partner was a meaty pasta (we weren't vegan when we first met 18 years ago) and I burned it. But I still make a vegan version of that dish occasionally because to me it is real comfort food. The other day though, he confessed to me that compared to the other food I cook now he doesn't like it so much (LOL!)!

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  11. The soup looks lovely! I love that there is tofu in it - sometimes I feel like soups don't have enough substance to them and I should be eating something extra with them, so I like it when beans or tofu are snuck in there for an extra punch!

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  12. What a lovely story about your tomato soup! It sounds delicious with al the basil in there.

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