Aug 6, 2013

Tomato Soup from The Winnie the Pooh Cookbook

While wandering around Powell’s Books in Portland I saw that they have an entire section dedicated to Disney cookbooks. I was so excited because for years I’ve been looking for The Winnie the Pooh Cookbook. Not only did they have the updated version, but also a copy of the out of print original. They were both under $10, but I opted for the updated version. The recipes in the original are a little too 70s weird for me.

The first recipe I made was the Tomato Soup. It was creamy, comforting, flavorful and so simple. A great introduction to the book. You never know with novelty cookbooks, but so far this one is great.

Tomato Soup
Adapted from The Winnie the Pooh Cookbook
  • 4 cups diced tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/2 cup water (optional)
1. In a medium-large pot combine the tomatoes, scallions, herbs, salt, pepper and the 1/2 cup water if the tomatoes aren’t juicy. Simmer for 30 minutes then remove it from the heat.
2. Heat up the milk in a large pot, but do not boil.
3. With a stick blender, puree the tomato soup. Slowly strain the tomato soup into the milk. Stir the soup in the strainer really thoroughly to get as much liquid out as possible. 
4. Serve.

At the end of each recipe they have excerpts from Pooh books. Tomato Soup’s excerpt:
“It’s snowing still”, said Eeyore gloomily
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” and Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” – The House at Pooh Corner