This blog is about tomato soup. Seriously.
Last week I came down with a pretty hideous case of stomach flu. I’ll spare you the details but sufficed to say at one point I worried I had dysentery. Or cholera.
I was in bed having delirious dreams about not being able to take good enough pictures of a royal visit to my house and other complete gibberish. It was unpleasant, as was the fact that my diet consisted of dry toast and hydration drinks. For a man of my girth and tastes, it was hell.
By Monday, yesterday, I felt well enough to work, albeit not far from public or private conveniences. So I headed to Plymouth Crown Court and covered a case there.
It came to lunchtime and I was in a bit of a daze, I wandered out the building and towards the Barbican and into the Kitchen Cafe. This cafe, which opened earlier this year (or late last year, my mind is still foggy), is part of the Tanner Brother’s food empire in Plymouth and is adjacent to the Plymouth Gin distillery, home of their excellent Barbican Kitchen restaurant.
I was after nothing more than a bowl of soup (especially after I decided their sarnies were a bit overpriced – an ill tightwad is a tightwad indeed) but was dismayed to find the day’s soup on the simple but admittedly otherwise interesting enough menu was…tomato.
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Tomato is the last thing I would usually choose to make a soup – for a start they often trigger my hayfever-related food allergy. But I was tired, slightly delirious and above all weary, so I said “great, I’ll have that” and prepared myself for disappointment.
Yet disappointment was there none. As one of the serving wenches said, the soup had been made up in the kitchen of the Barbican Kitchen restaurant above. And it was exactly what I needed, succulent and delicious and not over-sweet like cheap stuff made by companies that produce many varieties, for example.
Of course, I could have been caught by an average bowl of soup at a time when my diet consisted of bread, unadulterated. But I will stand by my taste-buds, let’s see if I am right.