Tomato and red pepper, Blue Waters, Antigua

I’m not a huge fan of tomato soup, mostly because I usually find it pretty dull, though I do like it with red pepper and even better with some added chilli as it definitely livens it up a bit.

Tomato and red pepper soup

This soup was homemade and tasted fresh as a daisy. Tomato-y and Summer-y and flavoursome. However, the problem was, it tasted like pasta sauce. It would have made a lovely spaghetti pomodoro – it even had the right consistency. But as a soup it was too thick and too sauce-like. And the red pepper was completely over-shadowed by the tomato. So much so, that I couldn’t taste the sweetness and flavour of the peppers at all.

It definitely improved with a nice soft buttered roll, but that was more about the bread than the soup. Ramp up the peppers and add some chilli!

The view from the table at Blue Waters, Antigua

Mind you, the view from the restaurant just about made up for it!

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Words and pictures by @LadyLavish

Sopa de Tortilla, Blue Waters, Antigua

Tortilla soup consists of a broth of tomato, garlic, onion and chilli and it’s served with fried corn tortilla pieces, avocado, cheese and sour cream. It is also, apparently, the name of a 2001 American comedy-drama film. Who knew?

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I’ve never had this soup before so I was interested to try it when I saw it on the menu at the Blue Waters resort in Antigua. I didn’t add all the garnishes, just the tortilla – I’m not too sure about gooey sour cream and avocado in soup – and I wanted to actually be able to taste the soup broth as it was the first time.

The soup had a lovely warm flavour, slightly hot but not too much so, and it clearly had lots of spices as I could taste hints of cumin and either paprika or cayenne pepper. There didn’t seem to be any meat in the soup, though I have read this one is nice with chicken. It tasted lovely and rich, and the tortilla adds great texture. I thought that would be weird, but it’s not at all. I think next time I will try it with all the toppings and I’m also quite tempted to have a go at making this one at home.

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Words and pictures by @LadyLavish

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