Sorted Food with Lea & Perrins – Virgin Mary Soup:
My Father enjoyed cooking. Only a few dishes…curry, tomato soup, mince and tatties, fried breakfast and chips. Occasionally, inspired by one of the TV chefs of the time (Graham Kerr otherwise known as the Galloping Gourmet was a particular favourite), he’d try to be creative and cook fish or steak – usually with some invented sauce and seldom with any great success. But, for the most part his dishes involved a number of key ingredients – Lea & Perrins was always on hand and I remember that distinctive earthy smell – my Father’s kitchen.
My Dad’s tomato soup always included Lea & Perrins. I don’t remember tinned tomatoes featuring, but we had a large garden and my Mother used to freeze whole tomatoes, which were perfect for making soup in winter. The version I’ve made here is simpler and I’ve aimed to make it as close as possible to a warm Virgin Mary – a spicy tomato soup with celery undertones. And of course, with the addition of a dash of Lea & Perrins, for me it incorporates the taste I remember from my childhood. This 5:2 diet recipe is also very low in calories, but quite thick and comforting thanks to the extra vegetables. It isn’t a heavy soup though, no starchy potatoes, rice or lentils, and I was quite suprised at how filling it was. Perfect if you are on a 5:2 diet fast day.
Of course, the calorie count is a bonus if like me you are doing the 5:2 diet. I find that properly seasoned foods work particularly well on a 5:2 diet fast day – usually recipes that I am happy to eat during the rest of the week. This soup simply doesn’t taste or look like ‘diet food’. So, worth trying whether or not you are dieting.
Lea & Perrins is one of those classic ingredients that makes some of the best comfort foods even better. Take a look at this video for how to make the ultimate cheese on toast. Of course cheese on toast really isn’t a 5:2 diet fast day meal – but, for the rest of the week it is delicious, quick and easy.
This recipe was developed for Lea & Perrins.