Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mexican Gazpacho

I bought a young coconut this afternoon and was set on making some sort of raw soup out of it. First, I was thinking Thai curry... but I didn't have curry seasoning, noticing the vegetables I did have on hand lend nicely to a fresh Mexican sort of soup. As of late I am making massive vats of soup which I consume within a couple days. It's the perfect meal at work, being filling and easily assimilated. It's also great after a long day to have a glistening jar of fresh soup waiting in the fridge. This soup has a great balance of sweet and spicy, perfectly refreshing on a summer day. As I always note, this recipe can be easily adapted to your liking, if your using fresh, organic, and seasonal produce you can't go wrong.

Mexican Fusion Soup:

-1 young coconut meat and 1/2 water
-2 large carrots
-1 pint of sweet orange cherry tomatoes (red are OK too)
-1 large cucumber
-2 green onions
-2 stalks celery
-1 red bell pepper
-juice of one lemon
-juice of one lime
-1/2 bunch cilantro
-1 teaspoon cumin
-pinch of chipotle(optional)
-pinch of cayenne(optional)
-3/4 cup water
Topping: avocado, green onion, diced mango, shredded carrot, etc..

Place coconut meat & water, carrots, cucumber, celery, red pepper, lemon juice, lime juice, and water in high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and spices and pulse very gently/quickly as to leave chunks of tomatoes and not turn the soup green from cilantro. Chill soup for at least one hour, top with desired ingredients, and serve in chilled dishes.

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