March 20, 2014

Tomato soup by Nati

The association of words, « Cyprus » and « winter soup », sounds pretty odd. Winter in Cyprus, really ? What are you talking about ?
I know I cannot talk about winter when the sky is outrageously blue, when the clouds are anecdotal or when the temperature does not drop below 15 C° at daytime.

This is not an authentic winter in comparison with our icy-cold winters in Paris : freezing temperatures, short and dark days, frozen or snowy sidewalks, runny noses, steamy glasses, everybody hide under several layers of cloths and smokes mist… I never thought I would be missing those winters.

So when they announced heavy snow in the Troodos mountains, I was all excited : « Bad weather conditions across Cyprus. Many roads leading to villages remain closed due to heavy snowfall. 80 cm height of snow at the Mount Olympos (1.952 m). Temperatures dropped below 0 C° in the montains… »
… I was already looking forward to drive up there and enjoy an authentic winter in Cyprus… before it all melts…

So here we are, driving up to the Troodos mountains with a large smile and as excited as kids. Something funny and unique is to see the cars driving down, with a little snowman made on their windshields. « We are all kids » like Nati says !

We are all kids!
Now that we have our winter, we can have our winter soup ! It is going to be a tomato soup.
For this recipe, I sat back with my notebook and enjoyed the show : Nati demonstrating how to make a tomato soup. Of course, no soup can involved!

Needless to say, the snow melted long ago but as I was making this tomato soup a couple of days ago, I thought I would share this recipe with you… regardless of the outrageous blue sky, the absence of clouds and the 23 C° we are having those days… so boring !

Tomato soup
Serves 6 to 8

Recipe by my husband Nati.

Ingredients :

  •  8 large ripe tomatoes, blanched, skinned and roughly diced
  •  2 medium oignons, roughly chopped
  •  4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  •  6 chicken drumsticks
  •  1 pinch of spice*
  •  40 g of durum wheat semolina pasta
  •  2 tablespoons dairy cream
  •  Fresh parsley
  •  Olive oil, sea salt, pepper
Steps :

  1. Blend the tomatoes in half a liter of water.
  2. Put on medium heat a large pan with a dash of olive oil. When warm, add the oignons and garlic cloves. Stir with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes until the oignons are lightly golden.
  3. Add the chicken including the bones for the flavour. Cover with 2/3 of the blended tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper and spice. Stir some more. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add a 1 liter of water, or less if the tomatoes are very juicy. Reduce the heat, stir and simmer another 15 minutes.
  5. Add the pasta. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the bones of the chicken. Add the dairy cream.
  7. Season again. Divide between serving bowls. Add freshly chopped parsley, and serve!
* Spice : BBQ Cajun Queen when Nati is cooking, french piment d’Espelette when I am.


  1. I keep in mind... Winter is coming here...

    1. Especially for you... spring is coming here...