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Vegan Roasted Garden Tomato Soup

It’s summer in the U.S. And you know what that means!  TOMATOES!!! I was the happy recipient of several pounds of these lovely fruits this weekend from my daughter’s garden. But they were pretty ripe so I knew I needed to find a recipe to make good use of them quickly. I decided to make tomato soup. After perusing several recipes online, I came up with a recipe that incorporated the ingredients I already had on hand. If you’ve never made homemade tomato soup, let me encourage you to try. It takes a bit of prep, but it’s super easy and super yummy!

2lbs of ripe tomatoes cut in half
1 bunch of spring onions with the ends trimmed
1 large or 2 medium sized green peppers
6 garlic cloves 

Place the  tomatos, centers up and arrange the other veggies on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 40 minutes, turning the green pepper, onions and garlic at 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place all the veggies in a stock pot, adding half a quart of vegetable broth. With a hand mixer, purée the vegetables until smooth.

Add the remaining ingredients:

The remaining vegetable broth 
1tsp sweet basil
1tsp thyme
And my go to ingredient for every savory dish I cook…
1 TBS Sriracha Sauce

Salt and pepper to taste.

I like my tomato soup thick and hearty, so I blended 3 TBS of cornstarch to a cup of the soup and poured it back into the pot.

Simmer to a boil to thicken and incorporate all the flavors.

Serve with a side of garlic toast or my personal comfort food favorite, grilled cheese sandwiches! Enjoy!!!

Adventures of a Reluctant Gardener Part 3…On the Brink

Tonight…tonight some 39 years ago, I became a mother to a dark, curly haired sprite who would change my life forever. Tonight…this night, as the moon glows just a breath from fullness, I experienced the thrill of another kind of “mothering”. That silly volunteer tomato plant, that calls my back porch home, is laboring with her first fruits.    This will be another truly life changing moment for this reluctant gardener!


As I enter the last chapters of my time on this planet, I find myself falling into step more easily, rhythmically, with the ebb and flow of the tides and changing seasons. Daughter to Mother to Grandmother…planting, watering, harvesting…letting go of those things that no longer serve me on my journey, and starting new, embracing change again and again.


Tonight as I surrender my soul to the surging energy of this month’s special Full Blue Moon, embracing some unrealized dreams now rising to the surface, it is comforting to reflect also on some past great shifts in my journey…mothering in its many forms. All of them bringing life and light into the world…my world. And to wonder about the new life sparks just on the other side of tomorrow calling me to the dance!

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