Dear Soup Development Team,
The Buddha marked his way towards perfect knowledge under the fig tree, and the oldest living plant with a verifiable planting date is the Ficus religiosa tree planted in the temple at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in 288 B.C. It is also the first tree cited in the bible, as described in Genesis 3:7 how Adam and Eve cover themselves with fig leaves when they make the realization that they are naked. It should then come as little surprise that I’m using this as the key ingredient in my Biggie Smalls tribute soup. If you’re feeling ambitious, serve this soup with G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) cheese spread on Chibatti bread.
The Notorious F.I.G
Heat 4 tbs of olive oil in a 4l or greater soup pan, and then add the following:
1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
After a few minutes, add the following:
2 tsp of ground cumin
2 cinnamon sticks
1 pinch of chilli flakes
3 bay leaves
After two more minutes, add the following, bring to a boil then simmer for 25 minutes:
1.5 kg of vine tomatoes, skinned and roughly chopped
About 10 dried figs that have been soaking in 3 cups of boiling water for 20 minutes (I used Kalamata)
50 ml of superfine sugar
Puree the contents of the soup pan after fishing out the cinnamon sticks. I prefer to use a blender, only blending some at a time and then when completed transferring product back into soup pan.
Salt and pepper to taste
Right before you’re about to taste, make sure you pour out a little soup for my fallen homie….
Also, watch out for the forthcoming 2009 Biographical film about Biggie entitled “Notorious.”
“made from scratch”