The minutes before the gun goes off are some of the most excruciating.

It’s like they’re somehow passing both in slow motion and at warp speed, time simultaneously ebbing and flowing so that you’re not really sure which way is up or down, past or future.

And while it seems like you have forever before you really have to commit to this act of insanity (putting one foot in front of the other for 13.1 miles – who does that?).  Suddenly, without warning.  It’s time.

You can feel a change in the crowd as you and everyone else in your corral move, as a herd, forward.

Towards the start.  Towards the beginning.  Towards who-knows-what.


For a brief second, you think about jumping ship.  Collecting your mother, brother, sister and roommate on your way out and saying, “hey, let’s just go eat pancakes instead”.

But then you’re across that start line.  And any chance you had for any kind of rational thought is over.  You’ve entered another state of being.

A “zone”.

It’s just one foot in front of the other.  No pain.  Barely any thought.

Just movement.


It’s exhilarating.

Especially when you look down at your watch and know that, not only are you hitting your paces, but you’re surpassing them.  You’re doing this.

You’re back.

On Sunday, I ran a half marathon in 1 hour, 56 minutes, and 44 seconds.  Each mile was a sub 9-minute mile.  There was even a sub 8 thrown into the mix (it was as I was running through Times Square and one of my coaches ran with me…nothing like some serious crowd support to get you moving).

And I fought for every one of them.

But that’s what makes it feel so good in the end.  Knowing that you took something that you thought was impossible. Pushing yourself harder than you could have imagined. And making it possible.

As you can guess, I’ve still got a little bit of that runner’s high coursing through my veins.  I can’t help it.


Running makes me want to be better, stronger, healthier.  It makes me want to get my spoon out of the peanut butter jar.  Stop the mindless chocolate chip munching.  And do everything I can to be the best that I can be.  Because that feeling of accomplishment – of knowing that I took myself to my limits and then I took one step further.  Is breathtaking.  And I want it. All the time.

So let’s start with this soup.  It’s full of all things good for you and yet still manages to be insanely flavorful. Spicy and satisfying.  And the perfect healthy fare to fill your stomach up with after a good run, or just about any time that you want to feel like you’re doing something really good for yourself.  This was my recipe choice for the Food Matters Project and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.  To see how everyone else liked the recipe, check here!


Curried Tomato Soup with Hard-Boiled Eggs
Serves 4, adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • salt and black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small cauliflower, cored and roughly chopped
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. Put the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  When it’s hot, add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chile.  Cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the curry powder, cumin, and sugar.  Cook and stir until fragrant, about a minute.
  2. Add the potatoes and carrot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring for a minute or 2.  Add the broth, coconut milk and tomatoes with their liquid.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the mixture bubbles gently.  Cook, stirring once in a while, until the potatoes and carrots are soft, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add the cauliflower and adjust the heat so that the mixture bubbles gently.  Cook until all the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes more.  Serve garnished with the hard-boiled eggs and cilantro.


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96 Responses to Curried Tomato Soup with Hard-Boiled Eggs {the food matters project}

  1. Oh my! This sounds absolutely fabulous. Awesome idea. Coconut milk is the freaking best.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    That’s seriously awesome. Congrats Joanne. I’m going to come back to this when I need some inspiration

  3. I am SO SO proud of you!!! You seriously amaze me.

    Now, this looks delicious (minus the coconut, obvs)!

  4. Barbara says:

    Chock full of good things and wonderful flavors, Joanne. So pleased your running is going so well. Stay healthy!!

  5. WOOHOO, congratulations, Joanne! Such an awesome feeling to have a great race! 🙂

  6. Claudie says:

    Congrats once again on your half-marathon 🙂 All sub 9-min miles is awesome.
    The way you tell about the moments before the gun goes off is exactly the way I feel every time I’m about to race. Once everyone around starts moving, there’s no stopping. All the doubts go away… at least until you awake again after a few miles and wonder what you are doing there! lol (I usually get a “What was I thinking?” around mile 7 which lasts until mile 10.)
    As for wanting to be healthy — running is so amazing at making us wanna be good!

  7. Jenn says:

    You’re inspiring!! Running, med school, gourmet cook… anything you don’t do?? 🙂 Congrats on the great run and lovely post!

  8. Beth says:

    You are awesome! Congratulations on a great run.

  9. london bakes says:

    Congratulations, what an awesome achievement! I haven’t been able to run for the last year or so and I never thought I’d say this but I really miss it.

  10. Alana says:

    Joanne anytime I visit your blog I’m presented with such a warming and welcoming soup recipe! This looks crazy good… plus I love egg, so, YEAH YEAH!

  11. Ana says:

    I had to totally revamp the recipe because my husband is not a curry fan; not at all. Now that I see your soup, I kind wish I made it anyway! Looks fab! Congrats on your run! I’m getting back into running after a 6 month hiatus, so your experience is def a big motivator!

  12. Kristen says:

    You rock Joanne!!!! A sub-2 hour half marathon?! I’m very impressed!! Plus this recipe choice was amazing so thanks for picking such a good one!

  13. Adrienne says:

    I envy your runner’s high. I have been trying to run for the past year or so and no runner’s high for me. But I still keep pushing myself…someday! This soup looks delicious as always

  14. Congrats on the time, it will be even better next time.
    And delicious looking curry

  15. Congratulations on the exhilerating run! I love curries and this soup sounds great. And as always, beautiful photos.

  16. Casey says:

    Thanks for choosing the recipe. It is one, I hope we have, often. It was so very good.

    Your healthy lifestyle is inspirational. Keep on running and cooking.

  17. Congrats on the awesome run!!

  18. Amy says:

    Woooo hooooo! Go you! I’ve been trying to shake off a cough for over a week now and haven’t exercised at all. But I also haven’t had much of an appetite. Although now I want a curry hard boiled egg.

  19. Yay – that’s SO awesome! I’m (still) in awe of you…and others like you…who choose to run. For fun. And this soup looks absolutely fantastic. I really meant to make it this week, but the time just got away from me. I still have it marked to try, though. It’s so gorgeous.

  20. Faith says:

    A HUGE congrats, girl — you are amazing!! And inspiring…and did I mention amazing? 😉

    The soup sounds fantastic! This weekend I made an Indian-spiced tomato soup too…I’m definitely trying yours soon, it’s stunning!

  21. That Girl says:

    You are always so very positive about your running – no matter the setbacks. I love it.

  22. Margarita says:

    Congratulations on your run… Wow, great time too! I’m doing a 15k race/hike on a mountain in two weeks and I’m nervous. I’ve never done a race before. My boyfriend and I were training yesterday and as we were running uphill, the poor guy sprained his ankle. Don’t know if he’ll be well enough to do this on the 31st. Your dish looks delish! Next time when cauliflower is cheap, I will add it in!

  23. SallyBR says:

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome!

    You know, I’ve never broken the 2 hour mark for the half marathon, and once did it in 2 hours and 2 minutes – those 2 freaking minutes will be there forever to remind me I just could not do it 😉

    oh, well – I love your running posts, it makes me feel the thrill of it again. I am flirting with the idea of trying to run barefoot and see if that would help my knee troubles. I’ve got the Vibram shoes, but they are tight on my big toe, so that’s a problem

    enjoy your training, and enjoy the awesome feeling of a great half marathon under your belt! rather, under your running shoes…

  24. kelsey says:

    you are so awesome! congrats on the run! (even though I’ve already told you 23902 times!) enjoy your accomplishment!!

  25. Pam says:

    I wish I could feel one of those exercise highs. I pretty much just watch the clock and count down the seconds.

  26. Danielle says:

    way to go! I started the couch to 5k program a month ago – you are definitely an inspiration!

  27. Lexi says:

    Thanks for the great pick this week and congrats!

  28. Wow, you go!! Great job on the marathon! You should be so very proud of yourself! Wonderful post and wonderful recipe!!

  29. I need to find my active activity. I wish I liked running more. I cramp up early on and give up, hah. Just joined the Y though, and I have had good experiences with Zumba. I need to trick my body into thinking it’s not exercising otherwise I stop pretty quick. Great job on the fitness, you’re an inspiration!

  30. Congrats on the half! I’d love to be able to run one in under 2 hours, but I think I have a long way to go :).

  31. auracaplett says:

    Thanks for the recipe this week–delicious! I ended up pureeing mine. Your photos are great and I loved reading your post.

  32. good girl! we all knew you’d kick ass.
    have you ever thought of how much curry you eat?
    do you know that the more curry spices you consume the less likely your chances are of developing arthritis? stuff is powerful

  33. Jenna says:

    You almost make me want to be a runner when you talk like this . . . but not quite. =) And I’m totally putting your soup on the menu. I have 1/2 head of cauliflower I wasn’t sure what to do with, and now I have my answer!

  34. Epicurea says:

    congratulations!! i don’t know whether the spring sun or you are more of an inspiration but i WILL go for a run tomorrow (and possibly eat some curried tomato soup…)

  35. Congratz on your marathon, Joanne! Btw, this is my kind of soup.. so chunky and filled with veggies! Yum!

  36. keelymarie says:

    congrats and thanks for the great recipe choice!

  37. Congratulations! That’s terrific about the race.
    The soup looks excellent, love the flavors.

  38. Congratulations on the awesome half, Joanne! I was nodding to myself while reading the first half of your post – running definitely makes me want to be better, stronger, and healthier too. Sub-9 is awesome, great job!!

  39. Shannon says:

    congrats on a freaking amazing half!! funny how you don’t think… i was full of thoughts on my 5k yesterday morning, lol. we both surpassed what we thought we could do though, and that is one of the best feelings 🙂

  40. THat’s really great Joanne. You have every reason to be exhilarated. It wasn’t that long ago you were healing that stress fracture. This curried soup looks and sounds amazing and I love the addition of chopped egg!

  41. Gwen says:

    Man I feel like a big lazy ass now. 😉 No, really, that’s frieking awesome! The soup too. 😉

  42. Congrats!!! You really are an inspiration… though, I don’t think I’ll be running any half marathons anytime soon.

    This is my kind of dinner. An even more rustic shakshuka. Love it!

  43. Kim says:

    Great job, Joanne! You have every reason to feel on top of the world.

    This soup sure is a unique twist on the norm. I love the addition of coconut milk, cauliflower and hard boiled eggs. It looks super hearty and delicious.

  44. Ranjani says:

    Congrats Joanne! You’re awesome. “No pain” is not exactly how I’d classify my half marathon yesterday, but it was worth it!

  45. Joanne,
    Congrats on the 1/2 marathon. What an achievement! Also, I’m so happy that you picked this recipe. My family and friends loved it! Delicious!

  46. Ben says:

    WOW! I don’t think I could do it for 13.1 miles. I’m going to run 5 km next month and I’m already regretting it. I need a bowl of that soup!

  47. Jenn Kendall says:

    Congrats on the half marathon! that is so awesome! and this bowl of curry looks so hearty and delicious, chock full of good for you stuff 🙂

  48. Nicole says:

    Woot for having an amazing time! Hubby and i have just started a “beginners” running program, basically 15 minutes of run walk… it still takes me 35 minutes to no longer be BEAT RED when we finish, but some day we might jog a number of minutes put together! For now it’s just to get our heart rates up – check!
    This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  49. Laura says:

    WOW-What impressive time! I ran my first half-marathon this past Saturday, but passed the 2 hour mark. Running is such an incredible feeling indeed. And after running you get to eat meals as wonderful as the ones you always create!

  50. Jeanine says:

    Wow, congrats. I was literally eating a cookie while reading your paragraph about getting the spoon out of the peanut butter jar…

    Great, pick, I loved the flavors in this dish!!

  51. Pam says:

    Congrats with the marathon! That’s great! My DIL is running mini marathons to be ready for the Chicago Marathon in October. It must be addicting! Your soup lucks yummy!

  52. OohLookBel says:

    I love how you love to run and are so enthusiastic about it. Well done! This soup is fantastic, too.

  53. Good job and delicious curry!

  54. Congrats on the race!! Your soup looks fantastic. I’m much more of a fan of stew-like soups like this, full of yummy things, so this looks perfect to me. And the flavors sound so delicious. I really need to do more curry flavored dishes!

  55. Debbie says:

    Congrats to you on running the half marathon! I don’t know where you get the time and the energy to do all you do…..amazing! This recipe looks amazing too!Love all the spices that are in it…love eggs too!

  56. Dining Alone says:

    Congrats!! Great job 🙂 you rock and that soup looks delicious.

  57. Geni says:

    SO AWESOME JOANNE! And you are not injured my friend?! Even better. This soup looks great too but the other news totally overshadowed the recipe.

  58. I would love to run a half-marathon someday! That curried soup looks sooo good! 🙂

  59. Congrats… well deserved!! YOUR BACK!! love it, a tasty way to celebrate!

  60. Reeni says:

    I was thinking of you and knew you were rocking it! You’re so inspiring. Your kicked up tomato soup is a delicious way to refuel! Congrats!

  61. Congratulations on the half marathon Joanne! Lots more to come in the future, right?

  62. Johanna GGG says:

    You almost make me wish that I could run too – almost! But you do make me wish that I could sit down and share a bowl of this soup with you – congrats on the run – am sure it is the beginning of many more

  63. Katie says:

    What a fantastic time for the race! I ran in high school, and I always loved that feeling just as the race was about to start. I’ve rarely cooked with coconut milk, but your recipes always make me want to start. Adding hard-boiled eggs to the soup is a great idea too!

  64. Natalie says:

    love the way you describe running! congrats on an amazing race! someday maybe we’ll run together (and then stuff ourselves silly afterward!) 😉

  65. Christine says:

    Bravo on the excellent race results! You’re so inspiring! This soup looks delicious, adding it to my list. Again, bravo!!!

  66. I’m so glad you chose this recipe! I may have skipped over it, but it has been my favorite recipe of The Food Matters Project so far. I’m glad that it made so much, so I could enjoy it for lunches all week long!

  67. Hehe, I posted a tomato soup recipe today too – as the sun shined bright! Your version is much heartier. Love the egg on top!

  68. sophia says:

    Dude, no wonder you couldn’t meet up. You were kicking ass getting ready to kick more ass on this half-marathon! CONGRATS!!

  69. Pam says:

    Yeah – congrats on your great results!!!! Wahoo!!!

    The thick and hearty tomato soup looks wonderful and I am loving the egg on top. Mmmm good.

  70. I’ve heard about the runner’s high. I wish my knee was still wholesome, but I’ll settle for a bowl of that soup. Beautiful colors and flavors, for sure. Congrats on your accomplishment.

  71. Food Gal says:

    Campbell’s Chunky Soup has nothing on this. What a bountiful bowl of flavors. And you deserve a second helping after that race. Congrats!

  72. Gracie says:

    Congrats on the run! This was such a great recipe to pick. Thanks.

  73. Great choice this week Joanne! and CONGRATS on your marathon and time. That is awesome!

  74. I’m so late to this party! CONGRATULATIONS on your half. Nice run!! And when I saw the cauliflower in your gorgeous photos I was on this post like white on rice. It’s going to cool down here this weekend so I will make it then. Thanks!

  75. Kevin says:

    This soup is sounding really nice and I like the idea of serving it with the eggs!

  76. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s a great looking soup Joanne but wow! A huge congrats to you on running a half marathon! What an achievement and yes, I can relate to standing on the starting blocks waiting for the starter’s gun – why does time move so slowly at that point! xx

  77. This is going on next week’s menu…

    And my spoon is totally in the PB jar.

  78. Natalie says:

    I was thinking about you just now so I wandered over to see how the race went. Congrats, my dear!! This soup looks fantastic, too. 🙂

  79. tigerfish says:

    I like the addition of hard-boiled egg to make it a complete meal! And somehow, towards the end of eating, the egg yolk of the hard-boiled egg thickens up the curry and makes it even better to the end.

  80. sally says:

    Congrats on the race! How exciting! I’m not sure I would be able to manage cooking anything, let alone this great soup, after running 13.1 miles.

  81. Erica says:

    I love hard-boiled eggs….This dish looks delicious!

  82. Joanne, thank you for picking this recipe! I skipped the hard-boiled eggs and added lentils to mine to make it more hearty and stew-like. I’m looking forward to eating leftovers all week!

  83. Lora says:

    Yay for you. I so admire runners. It’s something I could never imagine myself doing. This soup is crazy gorgeous healthy.

  84. I wish I had the motivation and cardio to run like u… I like your curried tomato soup, I am going to test it on my husband. thanks for the share!

  85. Congrats on the half marathon!! 🙂 I remember the first time I saw a hard boiled egg in an Indian curry and thought it was a bit strange. This does look delicious though. Love that there’s coconut milk in there.

  86. Lori says:

    Ha, ha! Let’s go get pancakes instead – that has definitely popped into my head once or twice. Perhaps even at mile 7 or 8. And I completely agree about running. It makes me want to be better! Congrats! What an awesome time! You’ve got me pumped for my upcoming races, and this recipe sounds amazing.

  87. Well done on your marathon.

    This soup looks so good, a meal in a bowl, yum.

    You are welcome to join in my food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here all bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.

  88. I am a soup freak and this is definitely one for my files….

  89. Chris says:

    “It’s like they’re somehow passing both in slow motion and at warp speed, time simultaneously ebbing and flowing so that you’re not really sure which way is up or down, past or future.”

    Kind of like right before a date, right? ha ha

    Serious props on the half marathon! Way to rock it out with sub 9s.

  90. I’m happy to hear how well you did on the marathon–good for you! I love all the flavors in this dish and the hard-boiled egg on top. 😉

  91. Cara says:

    I recently (or like, a few months ago) saw a recipe for a hard boiled egg curry dish which intrigued me. But, this sounds a bit “safer”. I think it would be a hit here! Now that I think of it, it would have been an interesting dish for our Passover seder since eggs are symbolic for the holiday.

  92. Absolutely DELISH! So excited I found this on Pinterest. I am now going to follow you on FB for somemore recipes!

  93. I made this for dinner tonight…it was amazing!! It was by far the most delicious vegetarian curry I have ever had. I just used a lot less stock to make it like a curry, and I simmered it for longer, but the flavours were just amazing. I’ll definitely be making it again soon.

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  95. Looks delicious. Shall make this for daughter and myself minus the eggs as she is Vegan.

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