HOPE . FAITH . BELIEVE . LOVE & PEACE are going to be my guiding principle for this year and life afterwards. The year that was gone by perhaps the worst ever in my life but I have learned to pick up the pieces and move forward. Belief that comes from within that things will improve soon, it can’t rain forever, the seasons will change. Rebuilding my faith in life piece by piece, with more enthusiasm and rejuvenation I am here to take you through my new resolutions in food and life.
For most part of the year I will try to stay unprocessed. That would mean I will not consume any processed food. For country like India this is difficult, so many our daily staples are processed food but as of now I have ticked out the junk foods including soda, colas and fries, other includes cheese (processed slices), sugar, salt, refined flour and oils. In addition to this I am slowly shifting towards organic foods. Being organic in India is again difficult primarily due to absence of stable supplies of organic foods and the food labeling.
This year we are looking forward to more healthy and wholesome food, like wholesome salad lunches, warm stews and soups and more emphasise will be on eating good food with right nutrient profile. That would certainly left out the desserts which so far you have seen was my greatest weakness, so efforts will be on to make some tasty and healthy desserts. But there will be exceptions like life itself. There will be few sinful desserts and indulgences, once in a while. Believe me you need to do that to cut the monotony, to appreciate the goodness of healthy grains which at first may not sound appetising to you.
We will reveal our plan slowly as life permits and in hope of some shining days ahead, here we present this cream of red bell pepper soup.
Why red bell peppers are good for you ? Because it contains carotenoids, packed with antioxidants, collagen that will keep your skin healthy, improve night vision and minerals and vitamins like vitamin C and B6.
Apart from chopping them over your pizza or in stir fried oriental dishes, the soup is wonderful way to enjoy the goodness of red bell peppers. You can roast the red bell peppers and combine it with tomatoes to make the soup or you can go solo like this recipe. Roasting gives a nice sweet and smoky flavor to the peppers and fresh rosemary adds depth of flavour to this velvety soup.
- Red bell peppers : 2
- Butter : 1 tbsp
- Onion (finely chopped) : 1
- Fresh rosemary : one sprig
- Vegetable stock (homemade) / water : 3 cups
- Tomato puree (optional) : 2 tbsp
- Low fat cream : ¼ cup
- Paprika : ½ tsp
- Salt and freshly ground pepper as per taste
- Roast the bell peppers in oven or fire roast them over gas stove or pan roast the bell peppers. Once the skin is nicely charred, cover the peppers in palstic and let them sweat for 10 minutes.
- Peel the skin of the peppers, cut them into halve and remove the seeds, stalk and pith.
- Roughly chop them.
- In a saucepan, warm the butter. Add the onions and cook gently for five minutes till it become translucent.
- Add the rosemary, peppers and vegetable stock to the pot, bring it to rapid boil and then simmer it for another 15 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato puree and mix it well.
- Discard the rosemary and process the soup in a blender to smooth puree.
- Stir in the cream and season it with salt, black peppers and paprika.
- Serve the cream of red bell pepper soup warm with crusty breads on side.