Chilled Cucumber & Apple Soup

by Michael on July 8, 2012 · 14 comments

Heat wave. Outside the doors that keep us cool and safe inside. It builds up from the morning hours until it reaches a point of no return come mid-afternoon. It starts in the crack of day when the window, left slightly ajar for the breeze the night before, lets the dry air, hot and humid, work its way into the bedroom where it instantly battles the cold blowing through the vents. It takes seconds for our eyes to adjust, instantly realizing that something is amidst. Summer is blooming and her presence has been felt.

Out back in the heat of her day the only sounds you hear are made by children of all ages laughing and playing, jumping in pools or sliding down the hills on watered slippery mats. Kids are brave enough for nearly anything, choosing play over comfort. Every time. We on the other hand hide from the harshest hours and enjoy the breeze that accompanies later hours, when the humidity dips and the temperature is more manageable. If we’re forced outside I struggle with the ferocity of the weather and resort to other methods to cool myself down. Down.

The cycle of weather and seasons, like  life, forces us to change and bend along with them. Adapt. And when July rolls in and brings the hottest days seen all year-long I turn to ice-cold drinks and cool variations of recipes saved for fall and winter. Lighter, cooler and welcomed with open arms. Granitas, sorbets, slushies, ice packed drinks, and chilled soups like gazpacho. And this.

Yesterday, when the warnings of impending doom (or at least seasonal highs and humidity alerts) caused every person to crank up their home air conditioners. I tried to find another method to help us. So I turned to a cool soup, chilled in fact, and a bucket of bevies to help stem the tide. And cool us down. And the obvious place to start was with a cucumber recipe I picked up from an old restaurant chef from my days in that industry, only switching it up to make it my own and adding some additional ingredients so it tasted like the antidote to summer’s scorn.

And this was the result. Tart and sweet and refreshing. So refreshing. The perfect recipe to calm everything down. Lighten things up and stir the soul along the way. Heat wave. Outside it’s a hot mess, sticky and dry and threatening. But at least I have this to assist in cooling me down. A small answer, but an answer nonetheless. And as the heat reaches new highs and as warnings cry out to take cover in the inner comforts of home, we now have other methods. And I’m glad for that.

Happy summer.

From my kitchen to yours,

ML

 

CHILLED CUCUMBER & APPLE SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, halved and cut into thick slices
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice plus 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • coarse salt & ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
Prep:
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for one minute, or until tender. Add in the cucumber and apples and  for a further two minutes, stirring often. Add the lime juice and zest and the stock and salt & pepper. Bring to a simmer. Reduce to gentle simmer for 8-10 minutes. 
  2. Transfer soup to a processor and blend into smooth. Add in the mint and puree. Pour through a fine sieve and into a large bowl and stir in the yogurt. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or until chilled. 
  3. Serves 4. 

 

 

 

 

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Brian July 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Cold soup is something that will always do the trick on a hot summer day. This looks absolutely stunning, Mike!

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Winnie July 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

This sounds and looks positively magnificent Mike!

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Naomi July 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

Great soup to beat the heat. I love the apple addition to the cucumber. I imagine it adds such a nice crisp and sweet flavor to it.

The photography is gorgeous as usual.

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Maria July 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

Perfect soup for the summer!

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marla July 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

A beautiful chilled soup and stunning photos Mike!

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KC July 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

What kind of vegetable stock do you use? Any that I use are orange….and this soup does not reflect any color tone like that!

Great site. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 10, 2012 at 2:58 am

I saw just staring at the cucumbers in the fridge wondering what to do with them and here you have the answer!

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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul July 13, 2012 at 2:57 am

Glad to see you’re enjoying the summer no matter how hot it gets. I love this recipe! I’ve been wanting to play around with a yoghurt based soup and it looks like I have found it. Thank you for sharing Mike!

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Jess July 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Just tried out your soup it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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argone July 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

I love this series of pictures … so yummy ! congratulations !

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yumgoggle July 18, 2012 at 2:23 am

Oh yes, cool soups! I have been sticking to salads the past few days. Honestly, I never thought about soups. Thanks for giving me a really cool recipe, both literally and figuratively. Looks superb!

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anna July 20, 2012 at 12:25 am

mmm i love the idea of putting cucumber and apple together! good luck with the heat wave!

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Julia {The Roasted Root} July 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

This is exactly what I want to be eating during a heatwave! Sounds delicious and gorgeous as always. Have a great weekend and stay cool!

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