November 24, 2007

Tomato-fennel-beer soup

Getting rid of: fennel, crushed tomato, Estonian beer

So, it is official: in April next year a new baby foodie will be born! That means that I for example don´t drink alcohol anymore, and I am not allowed (sigh) to eat parma ham and cold-smoked salmon and other favourite things. But lucky me, I have lots of other favourites to enjoy while waiting, and some of the Estonian beer we bought a large quantity of this summer before we knew about my pregnancy can be used in, for example, this delicious soup!

Since I stopped working in Stockholm I don´t buy as much food magazines anymore which is very good because of a) my economy and b) I already have loads of magazines to read and re-read. But recently, after a particularly hard day at work, I treated myself to the latest issue of Laga Lätt, a fairly new and very inspiring Swedish food mag. The title is a play with words, the Swedish Lätt means both easy and light - and so are the recipes!
I had all the ingredients on hand and the preparation took just 20 minutes, then I had a warming and a little different tomato soup in a bowl, sitting on the couch in front of the TV...

Tomato and fennel soup
Serves 4

2 yellow onions (personally I think that one is more than enough in all recipes but...)
2 small or 1 large fennel
2 cloves of garlic (also here too much for me but that really is a matter of taste!)
canola or olive oil for frying
400 ml water
2 tbsp concentrated fish or veg stock (I used a cube, crumbled up in the hot soup)
300 ml beer
500 grams crushed tomatoes or passata
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper

Chop the onion finely, finely slice the fennel. Press the garlic. Fry it all in a little oil until soft and shiny. Add water, stock, beer and tomato and let simmer for 10 minutes. Spice to taste with sugar, salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sourcream or creme fraiche, and a couple of sandwiches.


Steve said...

Looks good, but it could use a little more garlic.

Anne said...

Yum, that sounds really good! I love fennel!

Rachael said...

Oh honey! A thousand congrats to you both!

And the soup look good too...

BIG hugs,

karin said...

Grattis och lycka till!!

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Now I can give you my "official" congratulations :-) Congrats!!!

Anonymous said...

Heather @

Great news! I always find it interesting how many doctors give such different restrictions. Mine didn't care if I had all the deli meat in the world as long as I didn't drink or eat tuna (he was very emphatic about the tuna). Of course, throughout my whole pregnancy all I wanted was wine and sushi...sigh...

Lady Amalthea said...

I'd probably add some shallots, but it sounds wonderful! And simple is always best.