Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Cuke Soup and the CSA

We're very fond of cold summer soups in this household, so it didn't take me long to latch onto this recipe!  C and I purchased a share in a local CSA (community supported agriculture) this year, so we receive weekly baskets of produce and eggs grown by our friends David and Anita at their farm in nearby Lula, GA.  (Don't you just love that name: Lula!!!)  Every Tuesday morning, C goes to the local farmers' market; visits with David, Anita, and a few other farmers; and picks up our basket.  Last week the contents included several cucumbers plus some lovely red onions, so I decided to make soup!

  • 3 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 1 leek or onion, chopped fine
  • 3 C chicken stock
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 t to 1 t dried dill weed, according to taste
Saute two diced cukes in 2 T butter with leek or onion until tender.  Stir in 1 T flour, then whirl in blender 1 minute.  Add remaining cuke, milk, lemon juice, and dill.  Blend 1 more minute.  (May be necessary to blend mixture in 2 batches if blender container is small.)  Chill until icy cold.  Add salt and pepper, if desired.  Serves 4 - 6.

As you can see from the recipe, the ingredients are minimal, and it takes only a few minutes to prepare.  I think it would be best to make in the morning or the day before, as that not only gives it time to cool but also for the flavors to blend.

The recipe calls for blending in a blender, but I've found my immersion blender to be perfect for the job.  I hope you'll try it and, of course, like it!

If you're a sucker for cold soups like I am, you might also like to try Rayna's recipe for cold ginger and carrot soup.

I had a notice from Feed Blitz that one of my subscribers had unsubscribed.  I don't know why that has saddened me so.  I suppose it's mostly because I've been blogging so infrequently, and then when I share two of my latest pieces, she stops reading!  What's a girl to do?????? 

This morning we awoke to heavy rain, followed by thunderstorms.....so no golf course walk for me and Barker.  BUMMER!!  Well, the rain has departed, the sun is peeking out, and we're off to pound the pavement!  Have a great day...and thanks for stopping by!



Eva said...

This soup reminds me so much of the first dish I had when I arrived in Turkey after my first flight ever. That was in 1992 one September night at 5 a.m. and it was so exiting. We were drained and exhausted, and this cucumber soup was soooo delicious! They do it with yoghurt there instead of milk and lemon, but the result might be similar.
Don't worry about someone to stop following! Interests come and go. We don't necessarily make mistakes. Maybe we should -- in order to stay exiting. I guess some readers just clear up their lists from time to time and start something new.

Gerrie said...

Maybe they are switching from feed blitz to google reader, which is what I use.

I like a cold avocado soup, too.

Anonymous said...

I love your turquoise piece with the herons and think it looks great of your fireplace wall. The bloody footprints are a bit disturbing but maybe that's the point you are trying to make. Your soup looks delicious, and the next time you have cucumbers, I suggest you make a gazpacho, a cold tomato and cuke soup from Spain. I like it because there is no milk involved.
xxoo your lactose intolerant sil

Anonymous said...

P.S. Ask Gerrie for the recipe for her cold avocado soup!
xxoo sil

Lora Martin said...

Your soup looks and sounds lovely! I have an overabundance of avocados, so maybe I'll be experimenting with cold soups, too.

Eva Hagbjärn said...

That soup looks very delicious. Have to try it some hot day.


Jimmy said...

This looks great. Living in the heat of Phoenix, I'm becoming a little more fond of cold soups. I can't wait to try this.

Jeannie said...

The soup looks like the perfect cure for a hot day. I unsubscribe a while ago because notification of new blog posts arrived 2-3 days after you posted! Hugs.

Terry said...

Cucumbers are one of the few things that are actually producing in our garden this year, so I'm going to try the soup. It sounds really good.

Carol said...

Soup sounds delish but I'll wait until winter is over. Or maybe I'll make it anyway - we have lots of cucumbers in the shops and our winter days are not so cold that we can't eat cold soup. In fact it has been t-shirt weather most days except for when it's snowing down south - then it gets a bit chilly.

Molly Carpenter said...

I found a delicious cold soup recipe on allrecipes.com. It is mango gazpacho. The base is pured mangoes and orange juice but it also has the cucumbers and onions as well as a jalapeno chili and more.
As for blog-watching, I have noticed that all the blogs I watch have petered down recently. I take that as a sign that I need to develop new interests to keep up with the ever-changing world. I remain subscribed to yours though: Never fear!