Saturday, February 19, 2011

Two quick treats for an unexpected Saturday at home

We rarely have a Saturday at home. We were supposed to be visiting family up north today, however, we did not make it due to this. High wind! High wind in downtown Toronto. It is truly bizarre. I can't go outside because I have great hair today, which no one will see. Isn't it ironic? I can be really mean sometimes, eh?

I had my bi-annual craving for Cream of Tomato soup earlier but didn't want to go outside, so I made some, in about 10 minutes, and it was excellent. A little while after that, we both had the munchies, and again, neither of us wants to go outside, so I made them. In the microwave. Really. They were great! I thought the microwave might have a fit because it normally only makes popcorn. But not commercial microwave popcorn, because that stuff will kill you. We make this instead.

Quick Cream of Tomato Soup

1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped clove of garlic
1 bay leaf
1 T of olive oil
1 bottle stewed, strained tomatoes
1 T of butter
1 can of 2% evaporated milk

  1. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large pot over low heat, just until the onion is soft. 
  2. Add the bay leaf and stir the pot for about 2 minutes. You just want the flavour. Then remove the bay leaf. Add the bottle of tomatoes to the pot, and let the pot come to a simmer. 
  3. Add the butter and let it melt.
  4. Add the can of milk and stir well. 
  5. Optional - give it a whiz with a hand blender. I might not bother next time. 
  6. Serve and enjoy. 

Microwave Potato Chips

  1. Slice 3 medium potatoes very thinly. I used my mandolin, and it took a bit of time. 
  2. Lay the slices in a single layer on a piece of parchment paper that will fit in your microwave. 
  3. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Lay the parchment paper on the bottom of your microwave. I have a turntable and it worked fine.
  5. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, or until brown spots start to appear. You'll need to do a test batch. 
  6. Let cool and enjoy.