Family Recipe Friday – Tomato Soup

As a farmer’s wife with 4 kids to feed, my mum made soup all the time – lots of soup.  Lots of different soup.  And a lot of soup that was much the same as the last soup, but her tomato soup was Special.  I found this scribbled recipe on a page ripped from our telephone message pad that sat on top of the fridge (as did the phone with the swivelly dial) which she must have written out for me on request.

I have to confess, that even though I knew I had this recipe (saved along with my birth certificate and other important documents) I have never made it – something to  be rectified shortly and see if my tastebuds take me back 30 years in time.

My Dad was a Scottish farmer and for years he grew potatoes – he loved them and so do I.  Not so the rest of the family who always cook an extra half a pot of spuds if they know I am coming to eat 🙂  Dad loved Mum’s very delicious home-made Leek & Potato Soup which she made (at his pleading) every Christmas.  One year I went into the kitchen and found Mum stuffing packets in the kitchen bin and looking a little flustered.  It turned out, that in all the years of my Dad’s potato farming, she had been secretly following a Leek & Potato soup recipe mainly using “Smash” (a dehydrated potato product) and had to hide the evidence from Dad who would have been appalled.  Needless to say, he never found out.  And I don’t have the secret Leek & Potato soup recipe…

If you get round to testing the tomato soup before I do, let me know how it is 🙂


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Scottish genealogist - this blog is for my own family history and photos
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2 Responses to Family Recipe Friday – Tomato Soup

  1. Nancy says:

    Jo, your mom’s tomato soup sounds delicious. I’m not a big fan of vegetable soup but with these few vegetables, I think I’d like it. I was going to ask for the leek & potato soup recipe — until I read that you don’t have it. I know I would love that. I’m a huge fan of potatoes! Funny about your mom using dehydrated potatoes.

    I think your mom has very unusual handwriting….

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Jo says:

      Hi Nancy – yes, Mum’s handwriting was rather “individual” and I still struggle with it at times 🙂 I’m sure I’m only a spud-lover because of Dad’s influence, but it has stayed with me – despite Mum’s secret ingredient of “Smash” which I still find incredibly funny…

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