Dian-spiration: Raw Tomato Tahini Soup

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Delighted to see so many entries into my Choosing Raw counseling giveaway! (If you missed i I’m giving away a free, one-on-one phone counseling session in honor of 365 posts.) Keep them coming!

Vegan Mofo is all about sharing admiration for our fellow bloggers. It’s like a big, virtual vegan group hug, executed through recipes and food photos. Ironically, the blogger I’d like to honor in tonight’s post gets plenty of real life hugs from me, because she’s a friend online and off. She’s inspired me before, when I made her guacanara sauce, and she also wowed the CR audience with her raw, vegan thin mint recipe when I was in Chicago last year. You may also happen to know her as one of the funniest food bloggers around (I’d love to see her, Becks, and Mama Pea hold a contest to see who could induce the most ROTFLing in a ten minute span).

I’m talking, of course, about my girl Diana:

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Let’s all take a moment to talk about how adorable she is:

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OK, I’m done.

As I may have mentioned, Diana and I have a sacred ritual: every two months or so, under the sneaky guise of wanting to “catch up,” I show up on Diana’s doorstep in Brooklyn and made her feed me. And she obliges with culinary talent galore. She’s made me stuffed acorn squash, an adzuki bean and seaweed salad, two raw soups, and a raw brownie dessert, among other varieties of deliciousness. But the meal I most loved at Chez D was probably her simplest. It was a tomato tahini soup (or “tohini” soup, as Diana called it), and it was everything I love in a bowl: heirloom tomatoes, tahini, lemon, and a thick texture that could just as easily be dip as soup. YUM. (You can read about the original meal here.)

I’ve been scared to make this soup, mostly because it was so perfect when Diana made it for me. How could I tamper with this kitchen goddess’s recipe? Last week, though, struck with the realization that a late heirloom tomato season was drawing to a definitive close, I decided to try my hand at Diana’s creation. Thanks to no talent of my own, but merely her genius, it was spectacular:

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I added a swirl of homemade pesto to the soup, and it worked beautifully! I also served it with some of the tasty raw veggie crackers that Ricki recently gave me (thanks Ricki!):

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With my favorite massaged kale salad on the plate, it was a complete and totally satisfying meal. I even tweeted out, in my glee, that it was the best dinner I’d had in ages. I think people were surprised to hear that it was only soup and salad, but hey, I’m a simple girl with simple tastes.

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A few days later, I even made my own spinoff of the soup, using 3 tomatoes instead of 7 and adding 4 medium sized carrots. I left everything else the same as the original recipe, but also added 1/3 cup water. It turned out great!

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A nice addition to a desk lunch:

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As all home cooks know, it’s lovely to get inspired once in a while. Blogging takes inspiration to another level: what we once had to seek out in family archives or cookbooks or the latest issue of Gourmet, we can now find in the work of bloggers who also inspire us with their words and humor. Diana inspires me in many ways—her tasty food is just one.

But it’s a really big one. Thanks for the recipe, D!

What was the last recipe you made from a blog you love? And what other bloggers inspire you? (I feel like I’ve definitely asked that question in the recent past, but it doesn’t get old.)

Happy Friday!


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Categories: Soups
Dietary Preferences: Raw

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  1. I love Diana! She is a greatttt awesome lady! I would love to meet both of you IRL! She was also kind enough to do a guest post on my blog last winter…vegan peppermint patties…she’s got a there there with guest posts + mint 🙂

    Anyway, love your spin on the soup. And of course those crackers look so interesting! Fun!

    What have I made lately from blogs? Hmmm…I am awful about following recipes and use what I have on hand to make stuff so I am more of a wing-it-on-my-own girl, but am constantly inspired by blogs and reading…and who inspires me? You and Diana, of course!


  2. You and Diana are fabulous 🙂

    Last recipe I made from a blogger = an adapted cupcake recipe, I believe… can’t remember…

  3. I’m really hungry right now and that sounds amazing. I wish I had that plate of goodness in front of me.


  4. Sounds absolutely perfect! And another great way to use tahini 😀 Thanks for “introducing” me to Diana–off to read her blog!

  5. That soup sounds awesome and the kale is always good.

    Vegan MoFo totally feels like a group hug. I’m loving it, it’s so much fun too.

  6. The last recipe I made from the blog I love the most is YOUR zucchini dressing! Thank you, you have helped forever transform my salads into masterpieces 🙂 That same night I also made your red pepper marinara with zucchini noodles. It was a complete CR dinner!

  7. That looks so good! I just had a big kale salad for lunch…

    I just love the vegan/raw blogging scene.. it has been a source of such inspiration and community.

  8. First time commenter, long time reader! Everything you post looks so delicious, but I’m going straight to the market to get some tomatoes so I can make that divine soup.

    Thanks so much for this blog! It’s a real inspiration. I haven’t entered the competition as I live in London and an hour’s phone call would be pretty pricey for you but it’s so cool that you’re doing it.

  9. that looks great! true story and now i’m ticked at myself. i ran out of tahini and went grocery shopping yesterday only to look at the stuff and say oh i’ll get it next time. you post this recipe…now i want. haha ok…back to the store it is!

  10. Looks good. I’m relunctant to try things like that though. I eat a lot of nuts and nut butters on their own inclusive with snacks. I worry that adding them to meals will send my digestion into trouble. I’m having trouble as it is (not raw or vegan, but that is besides the point).

  11. Delicious looking post! Last weekend I made Oh She Glows “Crispy Chickpea Bites” (very falafel-like) which were quite tasty. I have a few Vegan MoFo recipes I’ve collected this week that I plan to try out soon.

  12. Definitely the two blogs I’ve made the most recipes from are yours (of course) and Oh She Glows. I love some good blog inspiration!