Evernight Teen authors are cooking! Today's recipe is one of Jennifer Macaire's favorites when she lived in the islands. Be sure to check out Welcome to Paradise which is also based on an island paradise. It's a great winter break read!
Here is a recipe from when I was growing up in the Caribbean. We loved tomato soup, but could never get ripe tomatoes. This recipe uses canned tomatoes instead.
This recipe is fast, easy, and inexpensive, and makes a great lunch for the holidays, when you're tired of cookng, but want something tasty and hot!
Easy Island Tomato Soup
1⁄2 cup butter (or four tablespoons olive oil)
1 medium onion, diced
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomatoes (diced or pureed)
Half a bullion cube (chicken or veal is good, or vegetable if you want a vegetarian soup)
2 cups fresh orange juice
1⁄2 cup cream or sour cream
Sautee onions in butter, in soup pot until transparent.
Add canned tomatoes with their juice and half a bullion cube.
Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Add orange juice and cream, heat through and serve, hot.
Note - add salt & pepper to taste after you've finished soup
Growing up on an island paradise isn’t as easy as one might think. Sugar is infatuated with the boy next door, worried she won't make the cheerleading squad, and even more worried that she will. She is paranoid that because of the horrendous scar on her face, no one really expects her to succeed at anything. Her sister is smart, her mother is a legendary model, and her father is a famous artist. Her family’s success sets a high bar for her to live up to.
Everything changes for Sugar when a plastic surgeon removes her scar. The surgery makes her beautiful, but she makes the shocking discovery that being beautiful can be awful. When she finally discovers who she is, and what she wants from life, it nearly destroys her tightly knit family. She must confront abuse, an elopement, loss, and a secret her father has kept from her all her life. Sugar is struggling to pull everything together and find her own version of 'Happily Ever After'.
14+ for sexuality, language, and adult situations
Find Welcome to Paradise here:
Evernight Teen | Amazon (ebook) (paperback)
Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul highschool in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories. Website