Here’s the thing.

On Wednesday, I was kidnapped.  Yes, it’s true.  Right in the middle of class, someone swooped in and transported me off to this alternate universe called “Fourier space”.

It was the land where everything I apparently did not learn in my college differential equations class went to die.


There were all sorts of weird symbols and these strange functions called “transforms”.

And, just to give you an idea, it’s the type of place where “it is convenient to write things as complex (i.e. imaginary) numbers”.


Yeah, that’s totally a direct quote.  I’m not quite sure what to make of it either.  Though, from what I can tell, the idea is that when you’re looking at something through a microscope, there are all of these weird “transformations” that happen in this “imaginary number space” and that’s how you end up seeing the image that you see.

All this time I thought I was doing science.  When really.  It was sorcery.


Thankfully, I escaped from this awful, awful place.

And upon returning home, I craved simplicity.

I craved second grade and learning how to write in cursive and thinking that long division was super ridiculously hard.  (Actually…it still is.  But as an adult, you get to use a calculator.)

I craved grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Because really, what could be more simple?  Or delicious?


This is not your average elementary school Wonder bread/American cheese sandwich with a can of Campbell’s, however.  No siree.

This is grilled cheese and tomato soup for those of us who have extra time now that we have calculators to do all the dirty work for us and don’t have to worry about carrying numbers or where the decimal point goes.

Honey curry bread grilled cheddar cheese with a warm and spicy cashew tomato soup.  A.Ma.Zing.

The bread is sweet with a hint of spice from the curry powder – the perfect compliment to a super sharp cheddar.  And the soup?  A revelation.  Also filled with curry-esque spices it is so richly flavorful that you’ll really have to stop yourself from drinking it out of the pot.  But really, it’s so good for you – why bother?

The perfect comfort food after any traumatic graduate school class you may have experienced.  Or just because.  Does comfort ever really need a reason?

This week, those of us cooking through the Gourmet Live list of Women Game-Changers in Food are featuring the recipes of Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso – the authors of the Silver Palate cookbooks and the owners of the eponymous gourmet emporium that used to reside on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
To see more of their recipes, check out these blogs:


Honey Curry Bread
Makes 1 loaf, adapted from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp yeast or 1 1/2 packages
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups AP flour


  1. Mix the water and yeast in a small bowl.  Add a pinch of sugar and stir to mix.  Let sit for about five minutes or until it becomes foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the curry powder.  Cook over low heat for 1 minute.  Stir in the honey and remove from heat.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl, combine the butter mixture, yeast, buttermilk, salt, and 3 cups flour.  If using a mixer, use the hook attachment to combine, adding enough flour to form a soft dough.  It should be enough so that after a minute or so of mixing, the dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl.
  4. Mix for 5 minutes on high speed to knead, or until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl.  Cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.  Punch the dough down.  Shape into a standard loaf and place in a loaf tin.  Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375.  Bake until loaf is browned and sounds hollow when lightly thumped, about 40-45 minutes.  Cool on wire rack to room temperature.

Warm and Spicy Cashew and Tomato Soup
Serves 4, adapted from Daily Unadventures in Cooking


  • 1 1/2 lb tomatoes (I used 1 lb kumato and 1/2 lb plum)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt, as necessary
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp roughly chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 cup salted cashews
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1″ piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 cardamom pod, bruised
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 300.  Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise, gently tossing with 1 tsp of the oil.  Sprinkle with salt.  Lay the tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil, cut side up.  Bake for an hour (or longer if you have the time).
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot, brown the onion in the remaining oil until it is a nice, even golden brown.  Cook on medium and stir often.  Once browned, add the garlic, ginger, garam masala, coriander, chili powder, cashews, and tomato paste.  Cook for a few minutes until nice and fragrant, stirring often.
  3. Add cinnamon, cardamom pod, and water, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot and get up any browned bits.
  4. When the tomatoes are finished roasting, add them to the soup and stir.  Simmer gently for 30 minutes.  Remove the cinnamon stick and cardamom pod (if you can find it…I just left mine in).  Using an immersion blender, blend thoroughly.
  5. In a small bowl, slowly whisk a few tbsp of soup into the yogurt.  This will help to thin it and allow it to emulsify better into the soup.  When thinned out, stir back into the soup over low heat.  Season to taste with salt.  Serve hot. Preferably with grilled cheese.

I am submitting this to Souper Sunday which is hosted by Deb over at Kahakai Kitchen. It has also been yeastspotted!


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99 Responses to Honey Curry Bread and Warm and Spicy Cashew Tomato Soup

  1. Looks great, Joanne… with this cold weather, all I want are comforting homey things, too. Now are you in classes for med school still or your PhD?

  2. A cashew based soup just sounds wonderful and so comforting. I love the nuttiness it has because of the cashews yet the slight sweetness from the tomatoes. Awesome

  3. When are you going to start cooking for me, or at least teach me to make bread?

  4. Mary says:

    I have never tried this bread and I think it’s about time I remedied that. It looks wonderful Joanne. The soup looks super and is perfect with the bread. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Barbara says:

    Oh yeah, a two-fer! What a fabulous grilled cheese, Joanne. First cool day, I’m going to make that. And a most unusual (and spicy) tomato soup.
    And here you are, having a little cold front too. Lucky you!

  6. This looks so delicious and comforting! What a great twist on a traditional favorite. Perfect for the fall weather that’s arriving just as I drool over this post! 🙂

  7. bellini says:

    Everything looks so warm, inviting and delicious Joanne.You’re not old enough to remember Julee and Sheila, but they revolutionized my kitchen.

  8. Candace says:

    Honey Curry Bread??? My baker must make some of this pronto. Tomato Soup? Never been a fan but I’m sure your version is quite delicious. The combination of ingredients sure sound like it would be. Imaginary numbers? My head would explode for sure. I think I’m going to go forward with imagining how good that bread would taste. Have a great weekend!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I am a nut fanatic but for some reason I’ve never made a soup with nuts. I’ve always wanted to make African peanut stew. Now I’m adding this one to the list too.

  10. Joanne says:

    With the drop in temps today, what a perfect meal for a cool weather Friday …

  11. brocstar says:

    This looks like the perfect rainy day comfort food.

  12. Honey curry sounds interesting.

    BTW when you wrote “I was kidnapped” I sort of believed it. There is a tradition called ‘bride kidnapping’ in Central Asia. I didn’t think it happens in US but we never know.

  13. I immediately planned to make both of these just from reading the title of your post! You’ve sold me—it all looks delicious.

  14. What a wonderful fall dish. My homemade breads are usually quite boring. This would be a welcome change.

  15. Lora says:

    I’m using cashews in everything these days, pesto, salads and dressings. You soup looks delicious and right up my alley. The bread is amazing as well.

  16. Megan says:

    I could seriously go for warm and spicy tomato soup today. Could not believe how cold it was this morning!

  17. Tasha says:

    I love this grown-up version of the classic pairing of grilled cheese and tomato soup. I already had this soup recipe saved, and you’ve reminded me how much I want to try it. And curry bread- sounds pretty amazing!

  18. I could go for that today, it’s so nice and cool out! How do you bruise a cardamom pod?

  19. Wow! Love this ‘grown-up version’ of a classic comfort lunch! That curry thing is just perfect for warming the soul …

  20. This soup sounds so cozy and delicious…
    And homemade bread tops it all..

  21. MM says:

    When I see the term “imaginary number”, I think of imaginary friends. But I doubt imaginary friends co-exist with imaginary numbers.

    I like the idea of nuts in this tomato soup. Spicy is good too!

  22. That Girl says:

    I think you lost me after the first sentence 😉

  23. Methinks I must make this spicy tomato soup–tonight!! The skies are grey, and I’m in need of comfort.

  24. Oh girl, that soup sounds fantastic and the grilled cheese along with it? I would oh so happily eat that for lunch!

  25. Katie says:

    This whole meal just…works. Wow.

  26. The heavens just opened and are pouring down rain here in Amsterdam. 🙂 Perfect weather for this wonderful meal. Love the looks of that amazing bread. 🙂

  27. Miriam says:

    That soup and bread combo are amazing!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  28. Shannon says:

    honey curry bread? *swoon* perfect for this fall day 🙂

  29. girlichef says:

    That’s it! I’m comin’ over for lunch! The bread and the soup are making my cheeks tingle…seriously delicious looking and sounding.

  30. Jeanette says:

    Now that is comfort food at its ultimate! Good way to escape from Fourier space.

  31. Cashew tomato soup sounds awesome! Adding nuts to soup is such a great idea
    Also, I remember the trauma of the first time I encountered Fourier transforms in grad school – I didn’t learn about them in undergrad either =)

  32. Lyndsey says:

    Now this is my kind of tomato soup and grilled cheese…it sounds awesome. I had to try our school’s grilled cheese and tomato soup just because all the kids love it so much here…yuck! the soup was too sweet for me and not like I remember how my mom made tomato soup either.

  33. I say I hate that I forget so many things, but then I have a trip on the bus behind a smelly man who held his arm over his head and who pointed the blowers on himself so I got a constant stream of fumes wafting in my face the whole hour ride. That’s when I’m happy my memory isn’t perfect. Good luck in your class, though. That’s brutal. Also, this is the most delicious looking food I’ve seen all day.

  34. Kimberley says:

    I said, “Ohhhh” out loud when I saw that first image. I did. It’s perfect. The perfect creative variation on a classic, and one that I would really enjoy right this instant.

  35. Gloria says:

    OMG Joanne this look really delicious I love this recipe! gloria

  36. Not exactly a no fuss lunch that one just throws together, but you do make it look so easy! It looks gourmet.

  37. Best thing about Fall: SOUP ~ yours looks fall-tastic!

  38. It’s been a chilly day here and now I’m going to be craving this soup! It looks divine!

  39. OH MY GOD! You are KILLING me!! Why am I even reading this right now? I would love a grilled cheese right now =*(

  40. Erica says:

    Wow! That soup sounds amazing! Today was fall say in CT…..I would love a bowl now!

  41. Pam says:

    Oh my yes. That is not your average tomato soup and grilled cheese lunch!

  42. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This is such a gourmet version of classic American comfort food. I love it!

  43. Kerstin says:

    What an awesome twist on grilled cheese – looks super addicting!

  44. Katie says:

    This is grown-up grilled cheese for sure. I love the idea of a bit of curry in the bread. I often mix curry in with my scrambled eggs, and I love what a dramatic difference just a bit of it makes. This sounds fantastic!

  45. Johanna GGG says:

    now that is my sort of simplicity – the bread sounds A.M.A.Z.I.N.G and I want some for my lunch – pretty please! Thought seeing the cheese on toast reminds me of how much I love cheese on fruit bread and I do have a loaf of that! Lunch solved!

  46. This is going to be a perfect soup weekend- that looks like the ultimate in comfort food! 🙂

  47. Beautiful choice. I’m a little behind on my 50 Game Changers this week. I forgot some key ingredients at the store and could not get my lazy bum in gear to make another trip out. Tomorrow 🙂

    P.S. I loved your commentary at the top.

  48. I think this makes the best sandwich I’ve seen all week. Sorry for the traumatic experience 🙁 Unfortunate how often that happens, isn’t it?

  49. Katerina says:

    Mmm, that was such a perfect choice after your out of the ordinary experience Joanne! That bowl of soup worths a million!

  50. Leave it to you to make a grilled cheese look spectacular!

  51. Rachel says:

    Honey Curry Brea?! I’ve been mumbling this phrase over and over in disbelief for the last minute or so while I read your post…I cannot resist such an unusual bread, especially one with such a beatiful color and crumb (yes, I like that it’s yellow).

  52. Hannah says:

    Okay, remind me never to complain to you about -my- homework or classes again! Yikes, that sounds like the lesson from hell. Good idea to keep everything else as simple as possible- That soup definitely sounds like a winner, no need to dress it up or complicate it any further.

  53. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Curry in the bread..and cheese in my soup..what wonderful are really innovative when it comes to cooking!

  54. how gorgeous is that grilled cheese sandwich….genius!!!

  55. Loving this! And yeah, that sounds pretty crazy!

  56. Kalyn says:

    Ha, I don’t even understand that strange math language you seem to be speaking, but the food looks delicious!

  57. Can I come over for a bowl of this and a slice of that bread? I don’t know why I had never thought of adding some curry powder to my bread. It sounds fantastic! That spicy tomato soup is the perfect marriage! Have a great weekend free from Fourier Space 😉

  58. There is nothing like an old-fashioned grilled cheese, especially made with Wisconsin cheese :), and tomato soup but you’ve certainly taken both up more than several notches and I’m craving both of these recipes!

    I’d be in serious do-do with the math!

  59. What a lovely looking loaf..Mmmm…cant tell you how much I m craving that meal after reading the ingredients!

  60. teresa says:

    mmm, grilled cheese and tomato soup are such an indulgence, and this version is even better! what a killer combo, i love the bread, and the soup is out of this world!

  61. Now this is simplicity at it’s finest…just beautiful 🙂

  62. I love absolutely everything about this. Both the bread and the soup. So different, but it’s still a big comfort meal!!

  63. gaga says:

    What an interesting soup. It definitely looks tasty!

  64. Chris says:

    Oh my, that juicy gooey cheese is rolling out like golden lava. I look forward to trying the soup. It reminded me of the spicy tomato soup with sriracha and blue cheese you did a year or so ago. That one was a real “sinus cleaner outer” in a good way of course.

  65. Kelly says:

    Joanne – outstanding. I’m loving all of these warming, autumn foods….

  66. sally says:

    Ugh–the words “differential equations” bring back horrible memories. I’m glad you were able to make some simple and comforting foods. Good luck with your class!

  67. newlywed says:

    Yum! This looks great! I have that cookbook…on my stack of cookbooks to maybe get rid of. Think I’ll move it back to the shelves now!

  68. Esi says:

    I was just thinking of baking bread this weekend, but now it’s too hot. This sounds amazing.

  69. A bowl of pure comfort. Perfect for these chilly fall days.

  70. Amy says:

    LOL. Um, yep. Your grilled cheese and tomato soup is slightly (understatement) more advanced than mine. And way way more appealing.

  71. That soup looks AMAZING!! And man…I hated imaginary numbers. HATED them! I think that’s why I came to become a chemical engineer instead of electrical. But the joke was on me, because now I’m working in semiconductors anyway!

  72. Carolyn Jung says:

    What a fabulous twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup. I love this one loads more because of all the global flavors to it, too.

  73. Sippity Sup says:

    Have said it to you before and I’ll say it again. I would eat that! GREG

  74. I’ve never had a curry flavoured bread before. It sounds awesome! And when you add melted cheese to, well anything really, it takes it to a whole new level!

  75. Cara says:

    I was going to say, this is anything but simple (and I still have no idea what you were talking about in the first part of this post.) It sounds amazing! I’ve never made tomato soup from actual, uh, tomatoes. If I was ever going to do it, this sounds like the right way 🙂

  76. I am totally intrigued by your curry bread! Beautiful pictures. Lovely recipe.

  77. As usual I am behind in my commenting. 😉 This pairing has a level of fabulous-ness I am awed by. I want to swoon over both the soup and the sandwich! Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.

  78. Look at that beautifully charred bread… (love that evil layer of black crisp) 🙂

  79. Fantastic combo and simply scrumptious!

  80. tomato cashew soup takes me way back to when I first moved to NY and I would splurge and treat myself to a delicious bowl of this very soup at a little vegetarian place on the west side that is no longer there…mmmmmmm

  81. geni says:

    When I am hungry, there’s nothing more beautiful in the world than gooey grilled cheese. And with THAT bread? Gosh, I would pass out from Nirvana. I am sure of it. The soup looks to die for. This is total comfort food to me too Joanne!

  82. Joanne, I made this Friday–possibly the fastest blog-to-table recipe experience I’ve ever had. I just had to taste it–something about this recipe drove me to the grocery store to pick up what I needed. IT IS SO GOOD!!! I love it, love it, love it. I will be blogging about it and linking back to you at some point. Yum. Thank you so much for making my Friday evening cozy and delicious.

  83. Dana says:

    So creative, so healthy and I’m sure, so amazing. You do wonders with different flavor profiles. I love serving my “fancy” tomato soup and grilled goat cheese sandwiches on homemade challah to friends. Almost everyone loves grilled cheese and tomato soup, but when they taste the “real” stuff, they can’t believe how good it is! I WANT THAT BREAD.

  84. Claudia says:

    In a perfect time/space transformation, I would be over at your place having that delicious bread and soup for lunch. Short of which, I’ll just have to make some.

  85. Miranda says:

    What a great, grown up, tomato soup and grilled cheese. That bread sounds wonderfully intriguing! That soup, I imagined myself slurping it right out of the bowl.

  86. Reeni says:

    It’s the first time in months my feet are cold and I’m wearing a sweat shirt – I want this soup. Right now. And one of those wonderfully amazing honey curry grilled cheeses! They sound dreamy.

  87. What an interesting post! Never heard of this flour and will have to investigate and the soup looks so inviting! Wish it was colder here, still in the high nineties!

  88. This looks amazing in so many different ways. I love it x1000000

  89. Nicole says:

    Dang! Looks delicious! Since i’m lazy i’d probably used canned tomatoes!
    I got on a soup kick, but really it was a how do i used up this crappy beer that people brought to my labor day bbq…

  90. M.C.W. says:

    I’ve been looking for a reason to make the butternut squash soup recipe from Cook’s Illustrated. I found it… Honey Curry Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. We just finished dinner. Soooo good! The sandwiches stole the show. Sorry CI, the soup was just so-so. My 2.5 year-old gladly gobbled his broccoli in hopes of getting another piece of sandwich before dad ate them all. The bread was a pleasant surprise. I just found your blog and I’ll definitely be coming back. Thanks again for the dinner inspiration!

  91. Erndog says:

    Delicious soup Joanne! Ate it last night for dinner and just posted about it. 🙂

  92. Honey curry bread!! What a completely awesome idea. And now I totally want a grilled cheese sandwich though I have no cheese. 🙁

  93. marla says:

    Totes linking back to this stunner today 🙂

  94. Annette says:

    This is so delicious, I made it again today!

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  96. megna says:

    I have no clue how I came across this recipe of yours but I am so happy I did. THIS was an awesome dinner. The husband inhaled it. I inhaled it. My 2 year old inhaled a giant piece of this bread and asked for more. That’s HUGE. The kid lives on fumes. The soup was so perfect and the bread.. oh. my. goodness. I thought I goofed the bread from the start when the phone rang and I left the yeast to proof for over 20 minutes.. and then, throwing all caution to the wind, I dumped the remainder of the yeast from the leftover packet into the frothy yeast bath assuming my yeast was overdone and wouldnt work. Well, it worked. The bread came out fantastic despite my efforts to destroy it. I already have plans to hoard the leftovers.

  97. eliza says:

    hi there joanne. i love honey curry bread and was looking through the new basics cookbook this evening convinced that the recipe was in there. but alas it was in my mum’s silver palate! please can you send me the page number and reference (as in publisher and year of publication)? i need it for my phd! I am referencing the eucharist loaves that I baked for my wedding in 1996 and our first two sons’ baptisms. thanks so much in advance – cheers, eliza

  98. maria* says:

    Wow! Am just reading the recipes and making a shopping list, def gonna make this for ‘dunch’ tonite, just know my sweet man will love it! Thanks Joanne, your recipes rock! And I love your pic, you have such a beautiful aura, I’m positive that folk just crowd around you wherever you go to bask in it! Can’t blame them, I wud do the same thing!
    Your new fan, maria* ?

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