Monday, 31 August 2009

A Forgotten Treasure Stumbled Upon!!!

Two years ago when we came to know that we had to settle abroad, I frantically started collecting recipes that use microwave, for I was not sure how long it would take to get a gas connection in a foreign land. I painstakingly wrote down recipes from all courses and from various cuisines and cookbooks. I also dug out 2 cookbooks from the attic that came with our microwave oven. Mom has her own method of microwave cooking so she packed it safely, keeping in mind that I may need it some day. This cookbook had all mouth watering recipes and I jotted down most of them. I dutifully carried this hand-written treasure trove with me and happily forgot about it when I found out that our apartment had a gas connection.

I use the microwave in combination with the cooking range. Though I cook vegetables and gravy in the microwave [and use the stove for seasoning] I never felt the urge to try out new recipes exclusively on the microwave.

Yesterday when I was cleaning one of the table drawers I came across this recipe collection and forgot all about clearing the mess which I was supposed to be doing and started browsing the pages. I was filled with nostalgia and I realised I had wasted all the hard work of collecting and writing the recipes by not trying them out...

One recipe that caught my eyes was a soup with one of hubby's favorite vegetable -Capsicum. I have never tasted this soup anywhere before and knowing his liking for this vegetable, I wanted to prepare this ASAP.

The Capsicum soup had a lovely taste - a very different one actually and we loved it.

You need:

1. Capsicum - 2 medium sized, deseeded and roughly chopped
2. Tomato - 1 medium sized, roughly chopped
3. Butter - 1 teaspoon
4. Cheese spread - 1 teaspoon
5. Milk - 50ml
6. Water - 300ml
7. Pepper powder & salt to taste

Steps:

1. In a microwave proof bowl put in capsicum and tomato + 150ml water and microwave on high for 3 minutes
2. Let it cool and puree till smooth adding another 150ml water.
3. Strain into a microwave proof bowl
4. To this add milk, butter, cheese spread, salt, pepper and mix
5. Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
6. Stir well and serve hot.

This is the tastiest and simplest of soups and I am sure you will agree with me after trying it out...



Note: The soup might change color if left for some time before serving, but the taste is all the same.

New to microwave cooking? Read - Microwave basics before you start off...

1 comment:

  1. Hi PJ
    never heard about capsicum soup!! seems to be very tasty. I will try soon.

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