We left it as late as possible to harvest the last of the tomatoes and pull out the plants, finally giving into the cold that was about to hit. When we did we had a huge pile of tomatoes ranging from all green to ripe and wonderful. I tried to ripen the green ones on the window sill, just wanting the hugest pile of ripe redness before I set to boiling them up to pop in the freezer. I did sneak a few from the pile to make my favourite soup - cream of tomato.
Cream of tomato soup is something else mass produced that I like to try to imitate. And I am always very happy when it doesn't match up.
Cream of Tomato Soup
Scale to feed your crowd.
Parsley stalks, leaves reserved for garnish
Salt and Pepper
Cook the tomatoes with just a dash of water, the parsley stalks and the garlic until completely fallen apart into pulp. Puree then pass through a sieve into a clean pan. Add water and cream to reach the thickness you prefer and reheat without boiling. Season with a dash of Tabasco and salt and pepper.
Serve, of course, with hot buttered toast.