Friday, May 23, 2008

Roasted Tomato Soup with Rajas and Queso Fresco (Page 98)

  • Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008 -- 7pm
  • Location: Somerville, MA
  • Kitchen: Matty's Apartment
  • Dining Companions: Matty, Yano, Irene, Alp, Ben W, and Phil O
  • Recipe Rating: B

Our dinner last Saturday was vaguely Mexican-food themed, so I chose this soup as a second course. Conceptually this dish was very simple: the base was beef stock and pureed roasted and peeled tomatoes. Added to that were cooked onions, rajas (roasted poblano peppers), and queso fresco. The soup turned out nicely. It wasn't particularly awe-inspiring, but it had a nice roasted flavor. The rajas gave it some spiciness, which the queso fresco helped balance. The soup could have supported another ingredient or two (grilled chicken, for instance). As it was, it was very brothy, which I found made it difficult to eat too much of. I really enjoyed the first half of my bowl of this soup and then wasn't too excited about finishing it. If I made it again I would make the servings significantly smaller. Overall though it had a nice combination of flavors, and was a very simple, light soup for early in the meal.

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Ah, Memorial Day weekend. Summer is unofficially upon us. Summer in my life is a time for conference travel, hiking, long lazy dinners, and plenty of research. Summer is typically also brain-tumor-time. It is in the summer each year that I go from lab to hospital to doctor's office having blood tests, an MRI, and appointments to discuss them. It is in the summer (if we're lucky!) that the hospital gives me the films to bring to my doctor and I can sit around in the common room with friends looking at my brain! So perhaps it is because of the season (or maybe because brain tumors have been in the news this week) but I have received an unprecedented number of inquiries lately about the status of my little friend growing in my brain. So I'll tell everyone the truth: I'm not having brain-tumor-time this year. Before you start lecturing (which some of you already have!) let me assure you that my doctor was consulted about this. I have been doing so well the last couple years that the fancy doctor with the office so big it contains a fish tank the size of most Manhattan apartments says that it is just fine to have brain-tumor-time every other summer. I would do it anyway (best to be cautious perhaps) but there are various compelling reasons not to (I haven't found a specialist in Bloomington yet, my new insurance makes brain-tumor-time much more expensive than before, etc...). But I am feeling great, all recent blood tests looked great, and honestly the only effect I am feeling these days from my tumor (or really, rather, the medication), is my usual inability to eat a real breakfast! I promised Mike (girl scout's honor!) that if I start to go blind I will go immediately to the hospital. Seriously though, I appreciate the concern of everyone who has asked lately, but my tumor isn't dangerous at this point, and I am fine!

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