I found a recipe for tomato basil soup online and it’s now my go-to for not just tomato basil soup, but any time I want soup, that’s what I make. Which is pretty funny because when I was growing up, I hated tomato soup. I’m assuming I still hate tomato soup that comes in a can. That’s one thing I refuse to try again. Just the smell of it…
When I was a vegetarian, I was able to tweak the recipe for the soup – I replaced the cream with coconut milk and the chicken broth with vegetable broth. I actually like it better the “vegan” way and it’s better for you.
For some reason, it is the food I think of most when I think of my daughter. Whenever I made it, we were the only two who would eat it. I always made grilled cheese sandwiches with it and my boys would eat the sandwiches, but the not soup. Adelle and I would eat both and dunk the sandwich in the soup. It is delicious!
As you all know, my daughter is away at college and I miss her every single day. When she was here over the Christmas holiday, we spent an afternoon together at my house and I made tomato basil soup and grilled cheese and we watched football and talked and laughed and ate. It was such a special moment. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
Every time we talk on the phone, it seems like we could talk for hours. There are times when we go a while without talking and I miss her voice. The last few weeks have been like that. I know she’s busy finishing up school and she will be home on May 7th, so I tell myself it’s okay because I’ll see her soon.
Earlier this week I was sitting on the couch watching TV when I received a text from her.
“Really craving some of your tomato basil soup right now. Mainly because I’m sicky, but still. Like chicken noodle just ain’t doin it for me.”
I love my baby girl. I think this is the one food I will always associate with her. I can’t wait for her to come home so I can make it for us, and we can enjoy it together while we catch up after months of being apart.