Saturday, July 28, 2012

Roasted Bell Pepper and Tomato Soup

Abundance is the word when it comes to fresh garden grown vegetables in Moldova. I mean it. So much of it, that a lot just goes waste on good crop years- especially the smaller sized veggies, that could not make their way through the mouth of the canning jar. Well, by waste I usually mean that chicken or other hungry species may indulge in these sun ripe delicacies. 
Like this large bucket (about 15 lb.) of tomatoes that I fetched from a lady's garden, a neighbor, that was begging me to "salvage" the tons of tomatoes that would otherwise have gone waste- if I loved them SO much and if they were indeed $5+ a kg. in US (organic, for sure). (here she made a few cross signs- in disbelief).

I cooked a whole hoard of dishes using them for the following 1 week or so, but soups topped the list simply because they are so delightfully light and nourishing. I love roasting bell peppers and tomatoes before pureeing them into a nice smooth soup- seasoned with ground cumin and salt- garnished with croutons- a winner, no doubt!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Squash, Bell Peper and Tomato Medley- Vegetables Rule

Again, one of last year's dishes from our fall visit to Moldova! (well, one has to cook and eat even on vacation!!!). Yellow tomatoes- the sweetest kind, and so juicy and full of flavour! But most important- fresh from our garden, as good as gold! More of a stew than a fry, since tomatoes release so much juice! The green squash and red bell peppers add texture and color, and taste goodness, plus chopped scallions and garlic- YUM! -and the guy next to it on the plate is linguine, just in case!

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