I love the family names and words that develop over time for our everyday things. When Joe was little he struggled to say Grandpa, so my Dad became 'Bubba'. He still is.
Hella developed a love for pasta at a young age but 'shabba' was easier to say than 'pasta' in between messy mouthfuls.
Soup has always played a significant role in our family's eating. For me, it ticks all the boxes - tasty, nutritious, easy to throw together in a hurry, reheats well, freezes like a dream and great in a flask for school. And now that we live in Dubai, one of the hottest countries in the world ...... I would say we eat even more soup than ever.
I suppose I thought we enjoyed quite a range of soups, but when Hella one day asked me, "Is it 'Normal' soup tonight?" I had to wonder HOW often we were actually eating this particular soup. But, hey - for me it's a winner and it's easy to see why. It started life as Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup from New Covent Garden Soup Company's Book of Soups but then morphed into a much more relaxed recipe where exact quantities are unimportant and precision is not a factor. 'Normal' soup was born.
What's the secret to this Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup?
The exact quantities of peppers and tomatoes are not critical. Add as much (or as little) stock as you like - I've found that thicker soups work better in school lunch flasks ..... less risk of lunch decorating the school shirt - and sneaking a bit of super thick soup out before adding the rest of the stock makes the perfect beginnings of a pasta sauce. This is relaxed cooking at its best.
I'm not sure that calling anything 'normal' ever fills me with joy but for me, this is the exception - a soup that warms the soul as well as the stomach and is anything but 'normal'.
What is your 'normal' soup? Let me know ......Print