Saturday, June 26, 2010

Soup Pride

It's a brave soul who would sample this neon concoction.
But it was so unexpectedly good.
I mean, I've made chilled beet soup before, with yogurt and sour cream (using canned beets, plus their liquid). It was fine, but not nearly as deeply magenta, nor as deeply satisfying as today's version.
This one used two roasted beets, several huge glugs of buttermilk, a little grated onion, and some secret flavorings. They were salt, white pepper, ground cumin, a teensy flink of cinnamon (teensy) and a shake or two or three of dried dill. This was pureed in the blender and left to develop in the fridge.
I thought it was too oniony at first, but it mellowed out amazingly after an hour or so chilling.
What did we think? It was as complicated and enchanting as a good piece of boutique 80% chocolate from Venezuela, though, of course, no taste of chocolate. It just had a wonderfully intricate flavor structure, a little sweet, a little earthy.
It was very filling, but you wanted to scoop up every drop. That good.
Would I eat it again?
Yes, but not right away. Although I'm realizing today, Pink Saturday, is stunningly the perfect time for it.
So PINK.

15 comments:

Zoomie said...

Cool soup! And cool soup. You're very cool. Love the color.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Wow, that looks like something Adriano Zumbo would make, only not sweet

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Also, I did not know about Pink Saturday :(

kudzu said...

Go, Cookie! Beautiful soup. Thank the beets for adding to the theme of the day.

Greg said...

It looks like a raspberry sorbet.I love beets so this has to be good.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: And, the soup was cool. The color was beautiful, but there are some who would deem it "not food."

Mouse: OK, looking up Adriano Zumbo. Oh, high-class chocolate cafe! Noice.
(We celebrated our anniversary with lunch at a great vegetable restaurant, and left before dessert.)

As for Pink Saturday, it used to be Dyke March Saturday but I guess the boys got jealous and took over and renamed it. Men.

Kudzu: I was quite pleased with myself, in retrospect. Never really aimed for anything faboo, but it was. Now I love beets, and pink fooed.

Greg: You love beets? Why don't you give this a fling, in your own style? You'll be startled.

Shine said...

I want to dive in and take a swim in this! I need to make this and I will be licking my bowl when I'm done...

butterface said...

And just in time for Pride Weekend. This is the prettiest beet soup I've seen yet.
You should try the Theo 90% Chocolate- Hooo Boy! That'll put hair on your chest!

cookiecrumb said...

Shine: I hope you'll try it.

Butterface: Your comment just will not appear! Maybe in a few more minutes (or in an alternate universe).
Anyhoo, boy, yeah, I've tried 90% chocolate (and the sales gal tried to talk me out of it). Not a lot of room left in there for sugar! Pucker.

cookiecrumb said...

Yup, there is is. :)

Ms Brown Mouse said...

O how I wish I could send you a parcel of Zumbo pastries ! But they don't travel well "like fine shrimp".

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Well, I'll just come and get some for myself, when I'm meeting my new husband-to-be.

Barbara said...

Love the colours.

cookiecrumb said...

Hi Barbara. Yeah, it's an intense palette. For your palate!

K Lynn said...

I did a double take. It looks like a Lithuanian cold berry soup I make, or a raspberry sorbet like Greg said. You can see the luscious texture in the photo. Perfect for Pride & summer. I'm partial to desserts and dessert wine. There's a port and maderia pairing with seasonal desserts presented by Battledish and Sally's After Dark on July 13. I'm there! http://bit.ly/9I2kZK