Over at Flickr, the Macro Monday weekly challenge is to create a diptych which is defined as "a work of art or photograph made up of two different (yet corresponding) parts which are presented side-by side making a single and cohesive image."
Today's image reflects a new recipe I tried this week for Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup. The recipe calls for jarred red peppers, so I'm cheating a little. Fresh red peppers make a more interesting picture.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is low-carb. For those of you who try to follow a low-carbohydrate diet, you know that traditional tomato soups are high in sugar and generally off limits. This is a delicious alternative.
I found this receipe on a low carb online forum, but modified it because I found the amount of heavy cream was just a bit too much. I'm not claiming this was low calorie, but it is low carb. In winter I really miss tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I bet a little cheddar sprinkled on top would be a nice addition.
Here's the recipe. Let me know if you try it and what you think.
Low Carb Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
1 large jar of roasted red peppers. drained
1 15 oz. can whole or diced tomato, roasted or regular
1 c. 2% Hood Calorie Countdown milk (unlike regular milk this brand has only 3 carbs per serving)
1 15 oz. can chicken broth
¼ c. sweet red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs. red wine vinegar (for acidity)
2 tbs. butter
2 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. onion powder & garlic powder
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. salt or to taste
½ tsp. dried basil
3 pkg. Splenda or other sugar substitute to taste
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream for later. Set aside
Sautee onions until translucent and then add garlic, careful not to brown it too much.
Add remaining incredients except cream and simmer uncovered about 25 minutes, stirring often.
Allow to cool and then puree in a blender until smooth.
Add cream and heat on low until cream is dispersed. Garnish with fresh basil before serving if desired.
As far as my photoshop recipe goes, I did do a little white balance adjusting in Photoshop Camera Raw and softened everything up a bit with Topaz Labs' Adjust 5 French Countryside preset.
It is also time to link up with Urban Muser's self portrait project. This month's theme is "pieces of me." I was looking for something red to include in my monthly mosaic, and remembered these red gloves.
Four was a meaningful number for me this month, so I'll just go with this for my contribution to the monthly linkup.