Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

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Hello Wonderful readers!

So you know how i have been going on and on about how cold its been and how we haven’t been able to step outside cause of the continuous rains. Its actually been more than a week since the rains started and it just doesn’t seem to stop. I was hoping it would rain continuously on the days after Diwali but that did not happen. Those two hours of no rain was filled with the horrendous sound of fire crackers bursting right up the road. It really doesn’t make sense to me. Yes when I was a little girl I loved to burst crackers with friends on Diwali but once I was in high school we never burst them. And it wasn’t like my parents hated it but I understood how bad the side effects are. A close friend of our family lost her husband during Diwali cause of the harmful gases that are emitted during that time. Asthma patients have it really bad during that entire week and so does poor little “pepper” (my lhasa apso) who also has a tough time with all the noise and smoke during Diwali time. That being said I do love lighting lamps around the house and filling our dinning tables with all sorts of sweets. My father LOVES bengali sweets and we make it a point to make as many as we can and buy more 🙂

Well its the week after Diwali, the days are short, cloudy, cold and chilly! The nights are ice cold. My son looks like an apple in the winter cold and he sleeps a lot. Thats why I have the time to make and post photos off late 😛

So we have been making and ordering lots and lots of soup and I decided why not share my simple roasted tomato soup. Its really simple and you do not really need to be there when it all happens. We have it with toasted bread but if I could I would love to have it with a grilled cheese sandwich. But each to their own. This one is my simple recipe.

Ingredients :-

  1. Tomatos – 6 – 7 ( ripe and red) all and any kind – red, black, cherry etc
  2. Garlic – 10 – 12 ( use 2 entire pods cut in the middles for bolder flavor)
  3. Rose Mary – 1/2 tsp
  4. Thyme – 1/2 tsp
  5. Chilli Flakes – 1/2 tsp
  6. Pepper – 1 tsp
  7. Salt – according to taste
  8. Vegetable Stock – 2 cups ( more if required)
  9. Olive oil – to drizzle over the tomatoes before roasting
  10. Basil and cream for garnish

Instructions :-

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with foil
  2. Now cut into 6 equal halves and cut the garlic into 2 halves
  3. Then add all dry spices – rose mary, thyme, oregano, chilli flakes and a little salt ( you add more later so just add a little at this stage)
  4. Now mix well to distribute the spice evenly with the tomato and garlic
  5. Spread the tomato and garlic over the foil evenly and make sure there is space between them to roast evenly
  6. Pop the tray into the oven and roast for 25 – 30 min ( the skin will begin to shrink and sizzle)
  7. Once the tomatoes and garlic are ready in a pan add 1 tsp of oil and add the roasted tomato mix
  8. Pour the vegetable stock. Close and cook for another 15 – 20 mins
  9. Add pepper and salt and season to your desired taste
  10. Finally transfer the mixture into a mixture and blend to required consistency
  11. If you do not like thick soups then bend for little longer that 10 mins and then push the soup through a soup strainer
  12. Serve hot with bread or grilled cheese sandwiches
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Chicken Gyro – From Scratch

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!

How are you all doing? So remember how I had a post for my Tzatziki Sauce, well the primary reason to make that dip was this! These rolls are to die for and I am not saying that just cause I want you to try it. These rolls are the right combination of veggies, meat and sauce. Unlike many other wraps that are filled with oil clad fries, loads of cheese and deep fried meat, this wrap can actually be considered as a healthy option. At our place, we love having rolls and most of the time I end up making everything a wrap. Simple everyday dishes can be rolled up into a chapati or any other flat bread and make a delicious and quick snack or meal. I like making my own bread. In this case I made the pita bread and the sauce too. If you are going to make it, then I suggest you do the same.

  • Now one thing that you should always have in mind while making a wrap is that, you really want everything to be fresh. All your vegetables should be fresh and try to cut them up just before you make the wrap.
  • If you are using leafy vegetables like lettuce, spinach etc, after you wash them, make sure to dry them out completely. Use a large sieve or colander and let them dry completely before you use them in a wrap. Or else your wrap will be soggy and limp. No one likes a soggy wrap/ roll.
  • The meat should be cooked and ready to be plated. The reason I say this is that you do not want to add the vegetables on the bread and then begin to cook the meat, then you will just end up with a soggy roll.
  • In this recipe, its best to marinate the chicken overnight or for 3 hours. Cause apart from the Tzatziki thats the only thing that going to add flavour to the roll

Ingredients for the Chicken :-

  1. Chicken breast – 500 gms
  2. Oregano – 2 tsp
  3. Garlic – 2 tbsp (chopped)
  4. Yogurt – 1/4th cup
  5. Chilli Flakes – 2 tsp
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar – 4 tbsp
  7. Olive Oil – 4 tbsp
  8. Pepper – 1 tsp
  9. Salt – 2 tsp

Instructions for the Chicken :-

  1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients except the chicken
  2. It might look like theres a lot of marinade but do not worry. Now add the chicken breast to the marinade and coat well
  3. Cover and set aside in the fridge over night / 3 hours
  4. When you are ready to fry the chicken, heat a pan with olive oil
  5. Cook each chicken breast separately one at a time, do not over crowd the pan or else these will be release of the water from the pan and the chicken will not have that golden caramelisation
  6. After all the pieces have been fried, cut the pieces into small bite size chunks (as shown in the photos)

Assembling the Gyro

Ingredients :-

  1. English Cucumber – 4 ( chopped to bite size pieces)
  2. Tomatoes – 4 (chopped to the same size)
  3. Onions – 3 ( chopped fine)
  4. Lettuce – 7 – 10
  5. Fresh Dill – 4 tbsp
  6. Chicken – as made above
  7. Pita bread
  8. Tzatziki Sauce

Instructions :-

  1. Place one pita bread in a plate
  2. Layer with lettuce leaves
  3. Then add tomatoes, cucumber, onions and chicken
  4. Sprinkle some fresh dill leaves and slowly pour some Tzatziki sauce over the chicken
  5. Roll from one end inwards and cover tightly with foil
  6. Serve right away