I realized this weekend that, despite my initial excitement and hopeful attitude about The Cookbook Challenge, there may be some recipes that I just... don't love. Don't jive with. Don't want to make again. I think I've found the first one such recipe.
Don't get me wrong, I liked this soup! It doesn't taste bad in any way. But Gwyneth's "Cold Avocado and Cucumber Soup" tasted a smidgen too similar to... blended guacamole. I don't think I could sit here eating bowl after bowl of the stuff - it would probably be better if accompanied by something like warm goat cheese on crostini, or maybe a roasted beet salad, etc. Something else has to happen in this meal!
Or maybe I could try it again with less avocado, a bit of olive oil to thicken it up, and some basil to make it more savory? That would be a fun experiment.
Either way, here's the official recipe - try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
Ingredients 2 large cucumbers, peeled and seeded 2 avocados, peeled and pitted 3 limes, zested and juiced 1 teaspoon sea salt
Step 1: Peel your cucumbers, slice the middle seeded part out, and chop into large chunks. Place in blender.
Step 2: Slice avocados, remove pits, and scoop out insides. Put in blender.
Step 3: Zest limes, then juice them.
Correction: attempt to zest limes, get fed up with the hand zester, use cheese grater. Be annoyed later when you have to wash the lime fuzz out of the tiny cheese grater holes.
Step 4: Add sea salt.
Step 5: Blend! Make sure not to burn your blender's engine - mine started smelling a little smoky so I took a couple of breaks and made sure everything was headed down towards the bottom of the pitcher...
Step 6: Enjoy!
I don't mean to dissuade anyone from trying this recipe (lord knows it's easy enough)... it's more that my first taste of it reminded me of guacamole, and I wasn't sure if that would ever change! Although, Leslie and I both tried it, and kept going back for another small spoonful... and another spoonful... and another... so maybe it's just an acquired taste?
Either way, I have a whole tupperware bowl full of leftovers to find out.