Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Tomato Soup Nazi

by David G. Woolley

Editor's Disclaimer: This recipe continues an on-going series of Word of Wisdom health posts where mild-mannered author David G. Woolley departs from his usual blogging and transforms into one of his many food Nazi apparitions. Today its Soup Nazi. His ranting and raving does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Top of the Morning, its owners or share holders.

Soup Nazi Note: Sandra, one of our Top of the Morning readers tried this soup. She also took photos of her attempt and featured her efforts on her cooking blog. Turns out she's a better culinary artist than our very own Top of the Morning host, David G. Woolley. After reading Tomato Soup Nazi, you may want to click over to Sandra's cooking blog right here.

Disclaimer? Where did we get this editor? Mild mannered author? Transforms into one of his many apparitions of the food Nazi? Sheesh! We hired him to write editor's notes, find misspellings, correct the grammar. No commentary. No opinion.

The Top of the Morning staff was assigned the task of posting this recipe as promised in Worse Than Beer. I told them it was outside my contract and my comfort zone. They declined. All four of them. Including our creative editor whose notes and disclaimers will appear much less frequently than before. The staff couldn't resist watching me sweat this one. So here it is. A guy recipe in all its masculine glory.

Sometimes you come across something that is nutritious, healthy and relatively easy. You're not going to find that in a can of already-to-eat-processed-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life tomato soup. Sorry Campbell's. Progresso. Krogers. In this recipe our canned tomatoes are of the non-processed variety. No salt or sugar added. Not everything in a can is totally taboo. You can go that route or throw in your fresh-from-the-garden diced ones. You choose.

Nutritious and healthy may sound the same. They're not. Nutrition is all about getting the essential vitamins and minerals you need for the millions of chemical reactions that take place in your cells every hour. Problem with nutrition is that minimum daily requirements are just that. Minimum. Don't you deserve more? Something like, say, the maximum daily requirement? Think of this soup as one step toward maxing out.

Healthy foods are full of all those enzymes no vitamin company has successfully fabricated in the lab. They're just too complex. In the lab we can isolate, say, lycopene, an important heart-healthy vitamin in tomatoes, but all those complex enzymatic compounds that encapsulate lycopene are still beyond our fabricating reach. Did you know that water is an enzyme? Sure enough. Anything that aids the chemical reactions in your body acts as an enzyme, essentially making it easier for the reaction to take place. Otherwise your body shuts down non-essential functions and transports the vital enzymes to the deficient cells.

Do you feel tired during the day? Lack energy? Fall asleep at the weirdest times even after getting a great night's sleep? Chances are you're not getting enough enzymes. Turns out your brain function isn't nearly as important as the beating of your heart. You fall asleep while your heart gets all the love. Its cellular triage. The most vital patients get the attention.

You can get all your essential nutrition from a fabricated pill, but you may be missing out on the enzymes your body needs to function at optimum levels. You may also be setting yourself up for future sickness and disease if you let your body go for too long without proper enzymatic maintenance. That's why eating healthy, nutritious foods is critical. In every seed, fruit and veggie God tucked away all the essential vitamins and carefully packaged them in complex enzymes. Its something those pill companies are ever learning to imitate but never quite able to come to a complete fabricating knowledge of the truth.

Think of this soup as a step away from the low-enzyme, poor-nutrition fast foods and processed junk foods so common in our daily diet. This recipe is written in story format. For cooks who need lists, there are none. Sorry. I don't know any other way than a little narration, a little interior dialogue, some action, some romance and a good plot. All that in a tomato soup recipe? Probably not. You'll have to wait for the Tilapia Salad recipe.

On a baking sheet empty one 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes and save back any juices. I never have more than a few spoonfuls. Is it really worth saving back three tablespoons? You can throw in more diced tomato if you like your soup deeper orange in color and more tomato flavor. Cover the tomatoes with between 1/4 cup and 1/3 cup of olive oil. Season with some pepper. Bake for 15-20 mins at 450 degrees. Its supposed to caramelize the tomatoes. Mine just get sizzling hot. Must be the altitude.

While the tomatoes are baking, cut up a whole white onion, a carrot, two garlic cloves, a celery thingy (is it called a stalk?), the saved back tomato juice along with about 8 ounces of tomato sauce and a 10 ounce can of chicken broth (I throw in 14 ounces because that's the size of the can in the pantry and I like the brothy taste, but that may be too much for your taste buds). Simmer all of this stuff in a soup pan with about 1/2 cup of olive oil and a bay leaf until the veggies are tender.

Dump the baked tomatoes and the simmered veggies into a blender and blend the snot out of em, which, translated into more feminine terms would be between 3-4 minutes on the highest setting until it has a creamy texture. If I were a blender manufacturer I'd design a snot setting one click beyond pulverize. You could also try blending this mixture until no celery threads get stuck between your teeth, but then you'd have to eat the soup before it was done and that would pretty much defeat the purpose of making it in the first place. Dumb idea. Just blend the snot out of it.

Dump everything back into your soup pan and while you let it simmer for, say 10 or 15 minutes, stir in 1/4 cup of chopped basil leaves and a cup of soy milk. The soy milk is optional. You can leave it out if you don't have any around the house. Everything else is pretty common kitchen fare.

There it is. A pretty healthy tomato soup. Its fairly fresh, but its not raw like fresh-from-the-garden cold soups. Its also fairly healthy though it doesn't max out on the high enzyme charts with all the cooking that degrades some enzymes. Add a leafy green salad (a big one) and you'll get all the enzymes you need to keep your energy levels up. This soup is a home run in every other health and nutrition category. From the tomatoes to the healthy olive oil, to the onion and celery and herbs. Its a great soup for you and your family's health.

Our family loves it. We hope you will too. If you try it and like it, let me know. If you don't like it, the soup Nazi has a word of advice: "No soup for you!"

Until the next meal or the next Book of Mormon post, whichever comes first, eat well, live well.

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Join author David G. Woolley at his Promised Land Website.

26 comments:

Sandra said...

Ok Mr. Nazi, a few of things:
1.You make me laugh right out loud.
2. I am going to make this this weekend

3. Can I use it on my how to cook blog?

4. I am pretty sure that it is early eough that I read the draft form, but I am still going e to say this- You probably don't want to use the word saute- simmer/cook/boil/stew gently- would be a better word because saute requires your food to be in one layer cooking in a small amount of fat- no broth.

5. The number of blenders I have gone through with my boys I could sure use a snot setting!

Here's to a good day

David G. Woolley said...
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David G. Woolley said...

Sandra:

Yes. The draft form has been updated.

All fixed. Saute swapped for Simmer.

Like I said in the blog proper, we have editor problems. I don't know what we're going to do with this guy. His job description doesn't include creative writing. Any editor worth his salt would have caught that saute/simmer conundrum and fixed it before the first draft went to print. If we do any more recipes here at Top of the Morning, we're going to have to hire a female assistant editor. Women have a special editing place in the brain associated with food language. Its right below the cerebrum and scrunched between the auditory perception center and the pituitary. Sorry about that little editing slip. Never again.

Use this recipe on your how to cook blog? Are you kidding? This is intellecutal property. I'll have to check with the staff.

Okay. We voted. It was close 3-2. As long as you post the following at the top of your how to cook blog in Big, Bold letters with a link over TOP OF THE MORNING BLOG, we will, in this one instance allow it.

"This recipe is used here by permission of the Top of the Morning blog staff. All tomato rights reserved. Reference to the snot setting is not necessarily associated with the Top of the Morning, its owners or share holders."

Hope you like the soup.

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Also laughing out loud.

As it happens, I love Seinfeld and love soup, so this is a good post for me to read today. I'm going to try the soup this weekend when I have some time to enjoy the kitchen.

Snot option on a blender...not sure what Betty Crocker would think of that one. I have a husband and daughters who would find that entirely helpful.

And of course, at the side of my tomato soup will be my ever-faithful Diet Coke, which a friend enticed me last night to lace with non-dairy creamer, the kind most normal folk put in coffee. I'm not sure I love it yet- kind of tasted like Play-Doh in the aftertaste.

David G. Woolley said...

Nancy:

I've got a post coming just for you. Artifical sugar. You'll never drink another diet anything again. Or creamer either. Mwah, ha, ha!

You can borrow my blender. Its got two settings. Nazi and snot.

Yours truly,

Nazi

Sandra said...

Dave, a couple of questions

How many does this recipe serve?

And how big of a can of chicken broth?

Oh, and 1 more thing- remind me not to read your replies during lunch when I am eating and have a mouth full of water.

bon said...

I am incredulous! You actually have a "snot" setting on your blender?! I WANT ONE!

Note to Sandra: I'd insist Dave come clean your monitor for you!! ;>

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

*Sniffling*

You are so sadistic to derive such pleasure from taking away my ONE VICE.

Okay, so I have more than one. But my FAVORITE VICE.

I'm going to make it my mission to find something you do that is unhealthy. :-)

David G. Woolley said...

Bon:

Does this say more about your laughing in front of a computer screen than it does ours? Hmmm? I'll send some Windex for Christmas.

Sandra:

You know. A can sized can of Chicken broth. A little bigger than your fist. That size. How many different sizes are there? Besides, one can is on the rather large size (I like chicken broth) so if you get something about the size of your fist you're ok. Just don't get a double-fisted can. Sheesh. You women are so technical. Can't you let your emotional side take over and do the recipe. A guy would never have a problem with this. Never.

Nancy:

I'll save you the trouble. I sometimes get a veggie burrito at Cafe Rio. Wheat tortilla. Black beans. Rice. Green mild sauce. The unhealthy part? Besides the too-much gluten in the tortilla and maybe three grains of sugar in the sauce, I let them sprinkle some cheese on top. Its still pretty okay healthy, but don't tell anyone. If you can find anything worse, I'd like to know about it.

Sandra said...

Ok, a fist sized can ;) There are a lot of different sized cans of chicken broth. For my family- I buy it in a 5 gallon drum, but I need to be able to give my readers a quantity. And I know a guy would never have a problem with this. That is why my boys have burned up so many of my blenders. Well that and the fact that I don't have a snot setting.

David G. Woolley said...

Okay. I checked. Ten ounces is just right. I throw in fourteen because I like the taste. Its up to you...

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Oh, for crying out loud! I get the chicken salad with a white flour tortilla and am proud of myself for holding the guac, sour cream and tortilla strips on top!

Lame, lame. Your bad habit doesn't count for nothin. I'm going to have to keep digging, darn you.

Sandra said...

See, 10- 12 oz was what I would have guessed for a fist sized can. I did know which one you meant when you said that because if you were to take a look at my hand written recipes they look a lot like this:
"add just enough", "stir till it looks right", "cook long enough to be done and not too done"
But when I am teaching cooking I have to be a bit more precise because non-cookers get testy that way.

Oh, and how much would you say this makes? 1 bowl, 2? 10? (becuse my hand written one would say, "adjust for # of people serving")

Sandra said...

Nancy- perhaps we could forgive him this one vice? So long as he keeps his cheese on his burrito and out of his books.

David G. Woolley said...

Sandra:

It feeds five thousand. (or three to four, but not four to five people). Loaves and fishes not included.

Nancy:

Not true. I have it from a good source that you chow down on the guac and the sour cream and the chips. And you thought all those ink ladies were your friends. They also told me how many daily cokes you drink. How much syrup you slather on your hotcakes and where you stash the after school treats you don't tell your kids about. They also told me that section 89 is missing from your quad. Did you rip that out before or after you that convuslive sugar-fit?

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Sandra, I'm laughing! Yes, cheese is good for the tummy, not for literature. :-D

Dave, religion is an intensely personal thing and it's nobody's business what I've done with my Section 89. That book is so darn heavy anyway, I mean, come on.

And really, all I'm doing by drinking my Diet Coke is providing my own way to run and not be weary and walk and not faint.

And when it wears off, I just imbibe more.

Padre said...

Dave,

Chicken Stock in a box (yellow box..can't remember the brand) tastes better than campbells broth. Also, we have soy milk, but I am more likely to make this if I can use skim milk. (or cream...ha ha.)

I await your discourse on artificial sweeteners. We use Stevia, so don't bash it too much.

Aaron and Stephanie Shumway (and family) said...

Nancy- try the creamer in rootbeer- it's like a melted rootbeer float....yummmm.... muah ha ha ha
-Dave's evil niece

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Oh, Dave's Evil Niece,

I'm swooning already. I'm so going to try that! I love Root Beer, even the diet kind although it's not as good.

As for the pending diatribe on artificial sweetners...la la la la la la la la, fingers in ears...can't hear you...

Sandra said...

Ok, the post is up. If I knew how to make a link in the comment box I would, but since I don't you are going to have to get the address here:
http://sandrascookingcorner.blogspot.com/2008/11/tomato-soup.html

I have to say, for all of you that haven't tried this soup, you are really missing out. My taste buds are in heaven tonight and I can hardly wait for supper tomorrow when I can warm up the little bit that the kids left. They are already asking me to make it again.

Sandra said...

Oh, and Stephanie, Send me that chicken soup with dumplings recipe.

David G. Woolley said...

Okay folks:

While Nancy has her fingers in her ears, there's a couple things you should know. The woman is a freaking LDS author. A great one. Don't you think they should take away her author's license, revoke her writer's reccomend, or disfellowship her from a writer's group until she stops with the diet coke? Let's take a vote, before he stops la, la, la, laing. All in favor?

And who could possible listen to miss dairy creamer Stephanie? For crying out loud. The girl ate herself into HFCS diabetic heaven with all that creamer in the root beer. Seriously. The poor girl just couldn't throw away the soda.

Sandra? You really like the soup? It tunred out okay? What a relief. I'm going to your little address thingy right now to check out the details.

And Padre...you are sittin pretty. No problems with stevia. I think I'll tell a story about you and artifical sugar and shaving your legs on a rubber raft? Wouldn't that be a fun one to share. Can I? Please, please, please?

Good night all....

Dave

Sandra said...

Hey, are you signing this coming Sat at the new store in PG?

Padre said...

Dave,

Oh please, no! That was 26 years ago!

I hope you are kidding about the raft story, but just remember, your brother knows a whole bunch of stories about you, too. And I am sure your readers would be fascinated. ha.

How about you pick on him and tell the burning the carpet story, instead.

David G. Woolley said...

Padre:

How about we tell both stories? :)

Burning the carpet is certainly a winner. Okay. Maybe I will use that one in a future post.

David G. Woolley said...

Sandra:

I won't be at Provident Book on Saturday. Sorry. Don't want to mix it up with all those other authors. They make me nervous.