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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

something cold for a hot summer day: Watermelon Soup

there are some things that i find unnatural. for example, rhubarb. i realize that i've reconcilled with this vegetable but i still think it's rather unnatural, despite it being a natural produce. to me, it looks like a bleeding celery stalk. so when i tried a cold soup for the first time the summer before 6th grade, in Seoul, South Korea, even tho it was seasoned nicely, i thought it was unnatural and actually, i thought "this would probably taste better warm." same thing with gazpacho when i first tried it about 9 years ago. i gave gazpacho another chance last week with Nuria, again, my reaction to it was rather tepid. one would think i'd give up already. however, i did enjoy me some cool cucumber avocado soup last summer (that's more to do with the fact that i love avocado...) and since this summer is all about trying different things, i decided to make a watermelon soup, to use up all the extra watermelon i had laying around.

the end result was nice. it was sweet, the salt bringing out the natural sweetness of the watermelon, but the creamy goat cheese added another layer of flavor. i could just make out the hint of garlic in the background, and the balsamic vinegar was a nice touch of tang.

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Watermelon Soup
i made it up, kinda. i'm sure it's already been created, i just threw things into a bowl and pureed to my heart's content

watermelon
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
ripe tomato, divided. diced to be topped and chunked to be pureed with mixture
salt and pepper for taste
1 garlic clove

again, no measurements. use your tastebuds for this one. essentially, i added all the ingredients and pureed until smooth. i had a few leftover diced tomatoes and watermelon pieces and crumbled goat cheese to garnish with. i also added a few drops of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for looks. there were so many other things i would've liked to have added: cucumbers, cilantro, green peppers, some herb...

today's song: ana carolina and Seu Jorge, E Isso Ai

7 comments:

  1. this soup is well creative i love it! and great for summer. one of my ultimate indulgences come summertime is sitting out in the sun with my shades and munching on a gia-normous watermelon wedge. it's so refreshing and satisfying. definitely not a sexy look but who gives a rat's ass when it's tht tasty. anyway dying to know what this tastes like! x

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  2. You are all over the watermelon these days! Dee-lish!

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  3. I love the color of this soup! ANd it sounds delicious!

    As for rhubarb, I believe it is an ingredient that is either loved or hated. You can't have neutral feelings about it.

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  4. diva, it's a timeless summer thing: chowing down on a watermelong. it's all about the taste and not so much the grace! :)

    elizabeth, yes, that's what happens when i buy a massive watermelon. i have to find creative uses for it. :)

    karine, agreed! while my initial positive reaction to it has lessened somewhat, i can still say that i enjoy the tartness of rhubarb.

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  5. I love the color of this soup! ANd it sounds delicious!

    As for rhubarb, I believe it is an ingredient that is either loved or hated. You can't have neutral feelings about it.

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  6. You are all over the watermelon these days! Dee-lish!

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  7. this soup is well creative i love it! and great for summer. one of my ultimate indulgences come summertime is sitting out in the sun with my shades and munching on a gia-normous watermelon wedge. it's so refreshing and satisfying. definitely not a sexy look but who gives a rat's ass when it's tht tasty. anyway dying to know what this tastes like! x

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