November 15, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
Before I begin sharing this wonderful challenge this month, it is with sadness to have recently heard of the Co-Founder of The Daring Kitchen Lisa’s untimely death.
I joined The Daring Kitchen Cooks and Baker’s Challenges monthly in January of this year.
Lis was one of the first people who I came in contact with her warm and welcoming ways and came to know first hand of her caring, sharing, thoughtful nature. Lis never had an unkind word to say about anything or anyone and was always there to provide support to cheer me through a challenge, answer questions or when I had the blog post done in advance, but forgot to release it on the post day, Lis was there to say, “It’s ok!” (making me feel less embarrassed and quite a bit better) and that she would add my photos and links to the final monthly slideshow.
I’ve always said, food connects us all worldwide in the most extraordinary way!
This Daring Bakers Sopa Castellana : The Daring Kitchen Cooks November 2013 Challenge is dedicated as a #tributetolis.
Lis would not want anyone to be late posting their challenge this month because of her, so on with the challenge, okay?
This month’s challenge was issued by Begoña from the blog Las recetas de Marichu y las mías.
Begoña lives in Spain, and thought this would be a nice occasion to introduce Spanish food “that was something more than “paella” or “gazpacho.”
Her chosen recipe was Sopa Castellana also known as bread soup which is very popular throughout Spain.
Begoña offered a series of soups to choose from such as a “traditional” Castilian Soup that was learned from her mother, and in turn, her mother from her mother.
I love hearing and reading about “authentic,” “handed down many generations” recipes…YOU?
Our second option was Asparagus Soup from Su’s blog: “Webos fritos.”
Begoña advised “her blog is a reference source for recipes in Spain. She makes very traditional Spanish dishes.”
Our third option was Sopa de Tomate de Extremadura which Begoña shared the recipe is “from a small recipe book Extremadura which I bought on a trip and loved the soup when I tried it.”
While I love Spanish foods “other than paella or gazpacho,” I had never experienced any of the options before and chose Sopa de Tomate de Extremadura.
I hope I have done this recipe justice!
I would like to point out, I did make my own Ciabatta Bread as inspired by what caroline cooked.
So with my bread made via my new thermomix (which I can’t get enough of and don’t know how I ever lived without one before lol), I decided I would poach the eggs using my Thermomix Varoma (the art of steaming) too!
I had some whole peeled tomatoes and multi-colored capsicum; always like to use up what I have on hand.
1.2 kilos (43 ounces) tomatoes
3/4 of red capsicum (sweet pepper); small diced
1/2 of yellow capsicum; small diced
1/2 of green capsicum’ small diced
1 red onion; small diced
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
2 litres (8 cups) vegetable stock
eggs to poach
olive oil as needed
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare tomatoes; set aside.
Prepare onion and capsicum.
Heat fry pan, then add oil, saute onion until soft and coloured.
Add capsicum; saute additional 10 minutes.
Add tomatoes; cook for additional 10 minutes until water from tomatoes evaporates.
Grind garlic and cumin; add to soup; allow to boil for 15 minutes; season for personal taste.
Poach eggs according to favorite recipe.
Add bread, ladle soup, top with poached egg and Disfrute de la sopa.
I LOVE The Daring Kitchen Cooks and Baker’s Challenges, as the challenges always take me to new heights and “truly” challenge me making dishes I never heard or or even thought I could do!
THE CLOCK OF LIFE
“The clock of life is wound but once.
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed.
To lose one’s health is more.
To lose one’s soul is such a loss,
That no man can restore.”
Today only is our own.
So live, love, and toil with a will.
Place no faith in tomorrow,
For the clock may soon be still.
Thank you Lis for touching so many people worldwide in your own unique way and in making footprints on my journey of life!
I hope you enjoyed this post today!
As always comments do brighten my day!
Thank you all for sharing and caring in ways you do, as our clocks are wound but once and I am glad we have all connected in some way through food.