So here it is, the final day of 2017, Day 365 and the end of my 365 meals. I’ve cooked and blogged every day; it’s been challenging and at times tough to keep going but if I’m honest, I’m really going to miss it now it’s drawing to a close.
Tonight calls for a celebratory meal to bring in the New Year and recognise the end of my cooking adventure. We’re seeing it in with family and friends in fairly low key celebrations at home, sharing food, wine and good times.
Fittingly, we’re staring with a cocktail inspired soup to begin the festivities. I love a Bloody Mary but can never quite find the right time to drink one, it being more of a morning cocktail and me not being a morning drinker! This tasty tipple translates wonderfully into a filling soup appetiser – Virgin Mary for the kids, vodka-laced for the adults!
- 6 x vine-ripened tomatoes
- 2 x celery sticks, finely sliced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 x litre carton tomato juice
- 1 x tbsp Henderson’s Relish
- 1 x tsp celery salt
- A good splash of Tabasco
Cut a cross on the bottom of the tomatoes and place in a pan of boiling water until the skins become loose. Peel and chop off the flesh, discarding the core.
Sweat the sliced celery in olive oil with the lid on until soft but not coloured. Add the chopped tomato and cook for a few minutes before adding the tomato juice. Bring to the boil then lower the heat.
Transfer to a blender and purée until smooth. Return to the pan, add the lime juice, Henderson’s Relish, black pepper and celery salt and gently reheat.
Serve with a shot of vodka (optional) and Tabasco to taste.