This quick and sublime summer soup is a picture postcard of my August garden in Provence. I grow two varieties of green tomatoes, Green Zebra and Evergreen. Each year I taste them side by side, and I still cannot decide which I like better. Green Zebra, yellowish green with yellow and white stripes, is sweet and tangy at the same time, while Evergreen (also known as Emerald Evergreen) is indeed emerald-colored, and along with tang and sweetness is a bit creamy as well. Of course this soup can also be made with red, orange, or yellow varieties. The gentle sweetness of the vanilla bean loves the company of tomatoes.
Don’t be afraid to let the mixture blend for a full three minutes, to create a thick emulsion. And use the best olive oil you can find, for the rich elegance of the oil really shines here.
This make-ahead starter is perfect to serve for summer luncheons. Start the meal with a bowl of soup, or serve it in small glasses to drink along with your meal.
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One of the most versatile of the "mother" sauces. Not sure why it fell out of fashion. Take the time and give it a try, you'll love it! I usually serve this over chicken, hence the chicken stock or veggies that have been lightly grilled.