Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Soup is On!

Alanna from A Veggie Venture dedicated the whole of February to Soup's On and invited all and sundry to join in and celebrate.

Since today is the last day of summer I thought I'd whip something to celebrate the season. Needless to say this isn't one of your more usual soups but it still gives you that inner satisfaction that a serving of soup seems to bring.

cantaloupe

I've taken this wonderfully sweet and perfectly ripe cantaloupe and blended it with a little lime juice - served it with a fine dice of it's own flesh and a freshening hit of mint in the form of home-made mint ice cream.

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Cantaloupe Soup

1 cantaloupe
fresh lime juice
mint ice-cream, to serve

Take a third of the cantaloupe and cut into a very fine dice. Toss in a little lime juice and place in the fridge to chill.

Take the remaining cantaloupe and cut into round chunks. Place in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Use a fine mesh to strain - discard the pulp. Add a little fresh lime juice to taste, then chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

When ready to plate - use a small round mould and portion out the dice between the plates, packing it down to form a tight cylinder.

Pour the chilled cantaloupe soup around the cantaloupe core then top with a scoop of ice cream.

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10 comments:

  1. Haalo,

    This is the perfect recipe for me - I love melons and, with the hot weather here, it's the only way I can think about soup. ;)

    Beautiful colors!

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  2. This sounds quite amazing. I love cantelope most of all the melons I think. In our family we always ate it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    BTW, my condolences on the end of summer, but here we are really longing for it come!

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  3. Absolutely wonderful!!

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  4. I love the visual contrast!

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  5. OK - so it's orange. Haven't I grovelled enough for my earlier mistake? I'm into purple next, so beware!

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  6. Thanks Patricia - one good thing about summer is the wonderful fruit.

    Thanks Kalyn - I am happy that summer is coming to an end though March is still quite a warm month, the worst is behind us. That said, I hope you have a wonderful summer!

    Thanks Margaret!

    Thanks Brilynn!

    Oh Trig - I've yet to see you grovel ;) Hmm purple... I wonder.

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  7. Hello Haalo ~ Thanks so much for the summery entry into Soup's On! The very first cold soup I made was a savory cantaloupe soup, I remember it called for homemade chicken stock. But I love the simplicity of this idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Thanks Alanna - I'm a firm believer that if you have good produce then you don't really need to do much to it.

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  9. ahhhh halo, this looks so refreshing, and beauuuutiful!

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  10. Thanks Aria - it's perfect for summer.

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