Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chilled Soup for a Not-So-Chilly Day

So I realize that my second recipe post is a little soon to turn on my original idea for this blog, but I think I'm going to have to do it.  You see, I wanted to create a cooking blog.  That usually involves, you know, cooking.  I don't know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it has just been way too hot down here in DC to even think about turning on the oven or the stove.  Instead, I'd like to share a shockingly simple, ridiculously delicious chilled soup perfect for those hot summer days.

The inspiration (and by that I mean the recipe) for this soup came from my brother-in-law's sister (there has to be a simpler term for that relationship....).  We were enjoying a chilled soup on July 4th this year and began discussing how great cold soups are in the summer.*  Then she offered up this recipe (and yes, this is pretty much word for word her description): "I don't remember the amounts, but blend honeydew, mint, and lime juice until it tastes good.  Then serve it super cold."

So, I played a bit with the measurements, and here it is:


Chilled Honeydew Soup
Serves 8 

Ingredients:
1 honeydew melon
2-4 limes (depending on how sweet you like things, I tend towards the less sweet)
4 sprigs of mint, give or take

Directions:
1.  Cut honeydew in half, scoop out seeds.  Then, cut the honeydew into chunks via your favorite method (I like to make slices, then cut along the rind), and dump into your blender or food processor.

2.  Squeeze the limes into the blender or food processor.  Start with 2.  You can always add more as you adjust to your preferred sweetness.

3.  Wash the mint, then tear the leaves roughly and drop them into the blender or food processor.

4.  Blend until smooth.  Add more mint or lime as needed (this is entirely subjective, so sorry, I really can't be any more specific than that).

5.  Refrigerate.  The colder it is, the better.  When you're ready to serve (or you just can't stand waiting any longer), pour some into a bowl, garnish with a sprig of mint, and enjoy!

I feel refreshed just looking at it

*I know there those of you who hate the idea of cold soups.  I personally don't understand that at all, but that's no reason for me not to share this yummy recipe with you.  Since this is a fruit soup, it's easy enough to pour into a glass, add a straw, and call it a smoothie.  Problem solved.

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