An excellent appetizer – not as fussy to prepare as it appears. Could also be garnished with a little yogurt or sour cream.
Combine tomatoes, sherry, onion, garlic, celery, carrot, butter, sugar, salt, and bay leaf in heavy saucepan; cover and simmer for 35 minutes. Rub the mixture through a sieve and add beef stock, orange juice, and tomato juice. Simmer 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth and add Madeira if desired. Serve soup either hot or cold with a few shreds of lemon rind floating on top.