Friday, October 27, 2006

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Shmoo is heading out on a science class field trip today. In celebration of the launch of my new Vegan Lunch Box cookbook, I've used three recipes from the book in this lunch -- one in a brand new way! I've even included page numbers, so you can all play along at home starting November 15th.

First, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (page 124) is packed in a thermos, topped with a chiffonade of basil (I love saying chiffonade). I wanted to serve the soup with some fall-themed crackers, so I used the barley poppyseed crust from my Savory Autumn Leaf Pies (page 243), rolled it thin and cut crackers out with tiny oak leaf and acorn cookie cutters. Sprinkle them with salt if you like, then bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 375ºF for about 12 minutes, or until golden.

A salad of romaine, raddichio, and carrot is on the side (I'm still too freaked out to add his favorite baby spinach leaves), with a small container of Asian Miracle Dressing (page 159 and here).

For dessert, Asian pear and raspberries mixed together, and one piece of our Halloween dark chocolate.

Verdict: Shmoo tells me he's "addicted" to this hot, soothing soup (oh, and to lima beans). Once he starts eating it he just can't stop! A fantastic lunch, but we all agree that the chocolate is very bitter, and not as sweet as last year. 5 stars.

Tune in Monday for a Halloween Lunch Box of the Damned (bwahahah).


TeaPriestess said...

This one looks really yummy for a cold rainy day her in Georgia! And where did you get that lovely plastic ware?! It's a spoon and fork all in one, but not a spork! Very cool!

*a* said...

looking forward to receiving your cookbook so I can "play along". Poppyseed crackers look like a really great place to start (what a clever idea!!)

Calla said...

This looks SO yummy - plus I love the new half-fork/half-spoon utensil !! Where did you get that?

Can't wait for the lunchbox of the damned! SCARY!

littlepumpkins said...

Love your blog!!! I can't wait to make the soup...looks wonderful!! You will have to let us know about the fork spoon combo. Very cool!!

Jennifershmoo said...

Isn't it cute? The spork is from REI:

We got them for camping, but now our son uses them at practically every meal. He was thrilled that it just b-a-r-e-l-y squeezed into the lunchbox, so he could take it to school.

Larry Linkler said...

Sure makes Larry hungry!

hyphen_helena said...

Oooh! Looks delish!

Kristin said...

oh! What a great report by the shmoo, it makes me want some too! I can't wait to get your book (most likely around chirstmas time), thanks for putting it out there!

Roxy said...

I love the idea of making your own crackers to go along with that delicious looking soup. Yummy!

red said...

thank you


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