Cold remedy: Slow roasted tomato and turmeric soup

While I’m loving the cold weather, it’s knocked us around and Archie, Darren and I spent the entire weekend at home with colds! But it was the perfect excuse to cook up all sorts of health-boosting meals with our freshly harvested turmeric and I’m pleased to say that after three days we’re all better!

This slow roasted tomato and turmeric soup is packed with vitamin C and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The medicinal power of food never ceases to amaze me. Plus it’s delicious and so easy…it literally takes about 5 minutes to make (not including the slow roasting time of course!), believe me I don’t have more time than that with a baby!

I invented this recipe today after buying some beautiful produce at the farmer’s market so the quantities aren’t exact but they really don’t need to be. You can’t get it wrong.

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Ingredients:

-Enough tomatoes to fill a roasting tray)

-1 zuchinni

-1 capsicum

-5 cloves garlic

-knob of ginger

-knob of turmeric

-cup of pumpkin

-5 basil stalks

-sprig of rosemary

-olive oil

-salt and pepper

-3 cups chicken/veg stock

Method:

Preheat the oven to 120 degrees.

Roughly chop all ingredients and place in a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper.

Place the tray into the oven uncovered and slow roast the veggies for 2-3 hours. The house will smell amazing!

Place the roasted veggies and any liquid into a pot and use a stick blender to puree the mixture.

Add the stock one cup at a time until the soup reaches your desired consistency and bring to the boil.

Because it’s made with fresh tomatoes and no sugar, it has a slightly acidic taste (which I like) so it’s best served with a dollop of creme fraiche or greek yoghurt and basil leaves. I had mine with sourdough and cultured butter too. It’s even better the next day. Yum!

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