- 2 tomatoes, chopped (or 1 can of chopped tomatoes)
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- A little salt if you fancy it although I don't bother with it. Do not use sea salt!!
- 1 small carrot, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup cream (optional)
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degs.
- Strain the tomatoes, and put the juices aside, and spread onto a baking sheet, season with salt if your using it (not sea salt though).
- Drizzle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-low heat.
- Add the carrot, onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
- Add the roasted chopped canned tomatoes, and reserved tomato juices.
- Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add basil and cream, if using.
- Puree with a hand held blender until smooth.
Why is it Killer Tomato Soup?
Botanists have discovered that plants can be carnivorous predators who kill insects to "self-fertilise" themselves.
Research shows that Tomato Plants trap and kill small insects with sticky hairs on their stems to allow them to absorb nutrients through their roots when the animals decay and fall to the ground.Wow, plants aren't even vegan!!
Its long been known that carnivorous killer species exist in far flung regions of the world but they are also right in our allotments.
Garden favorites such as the petunia, as well as some varieties of potatoes and tomatoes all have blood on their leaves.
The researchers, publishing their finding in the ‘Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society’, said: “We may be surrounded by many more murderous plants than we think."
“We are accustomed to think of plants as being immobile and harmless, and there is something deeply unnerving about the thought of carnivorous plants," they added.Well, that really throws things up in the air for veganism, should they also now avoid particular plant food if it has been living of insects? Tricky one really!!