cucumber yogurt soup
Today, I have soup for you. Not hot soup, mind you, because we are in the midst of summer, nobody wants to eat piping hot soup. Not me, at least. This here today is cold soup – cold cucumber yogurt soup to be exact. It’s amazingly refreshing, I promise you. I even had it for breakfast the day after I made it – over one of those days the heat index broke 100. I realize it’s less than traditional to eat soup for breakfast, but then again, I am also a fan of cold lo mein the morning after a night of Chinese food. Go figure.
The way this summer’s been going, I’m looking forward to eating a lot of this soup. Full bowls of it with crusty hunks of bread, kohlrabi salad, and buttermilk granita. Anything to keep me from turning on the stove or the oven. I do break down sometimes, in an attempt to conquer fear, or bring the summer barbecue inside my tiny apartment, but if I can get away with not raising the apartment temperature I’m all for it.
Speaking of hunks (I do know a way with burying the lede, don’t I), I’ve been keeping something from you. Or rather someone. And it’s partly been because I have been so protective of it (him), and partly because I wasn’t sure how to. You see, every time I wanted to tell you about this someone, words would fail me. Like, really fail me. Every time I tried, I would stare at the computer screen, not sure where to start and how to finish. What I want to say go so far beyond language that for now, I’ll say just this: he makes my heart and my life fuller and brighter like a great big song that you want to fill a space with – a song that is deep, clear, resonant. He’s the best “plus one” a girl can hope for, and an eager and enthusiastic eater – an inspiration and a support. And it’s nice to say things like “our dinner” and “we ate” because sharing a meal with him is always a joy and I’m grateful for each little moment like this – really grateful. That’s all I’ll say for now, but expect him to be an ever-growing presence here. I’m happy. Really, truly, ridiculously pinch-myself-I’m-not-dreaming happy.
But – back to this soup, which, incidentally I had all to myself. The best part about this soup, besides the fact that it’s delicious, is that you don’t need to turn on your stove, which I already said, but let me stress it again – it is marvelous to make something so quickly and so easily, especially when there’s not enough iced water in the world to cool you off. This soup comes together in mere minutes. That’s right – minutes. The weeknight meals I tell you about that take under an hour to cook while you drink wine? Well, you can definitely have a glass of wine while prepping this, but I’d be surprised if you were able to finish it by the time this soup was done. Unless, of course, you just downed it (no judgment here!) There are no hard and fast rules here – use more or less of the herbs you want, and if dill isn’t to your liking, you can always swap it out for parsley or chives. I think the mint is critical here as it gives the soup its wings, if you will.
I could almost hear my oven whimpering when I walked into the kitchen, pulled out my ingredients, and five minutes later sat down to eat this soup. I felt a little badly ignoring it so, but I more than made up for it the following weekend when we had some company over. I ate this soup with my larger-than-life old Russian spoons I inherited from our family friend’s mother after she passed away. I love those gigantic spoons – they mean business. And a perfect vehicle to transport delicious soup from bowl to mouth. I only wished that I could have shared it that evening, though I’m not too worried – we’ve got more sweltering days coming our way and it’s only a matter of time before I’ll reach for this recipe again and make a double batch, to share. See, I just wrote “we” and “our” and it made me all aflutter and smiley – isn’t love grand?
Cucumber Yogurt Soup
3 medium sized cucumbers
16 oz plain yogurt
1 clove garlic
a handful of dill and mint
a couple of tablespoons of sparkling water or seltzer
1 tsp salt
a few dill fronds for garnish
Peel and cut your cucumbers. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process for 1 minute until all the ingredients are blended. If you prefer you can press the soup through a chinois or a finely meshed sieve. I prefer my soup to have a tiny bit of texture. Ladle into bowls and garnish with dill.
the soup looks lovely, but big congrats on +1! You do sound truly very happy!
Yum! I just made Chilled Avocado Soup and posted it on my blog the other day- ’tis the season! The combination of cucumber, yogurt and dill is such a classically delicious mix of flavors. I would love to have this today!
OooooOOOOoooh! You sound happy indeed :)
It’s always nice to have someone to share your meals with, your Mister is going to be lucky that you’re culinarily inclined. Congratulations, he sounds like a keeper!
So excited for the great news, and also a no-cook summer soup (gotta admit, a bit more excited about the man than the soup).
soup looks really good. I’m going to make some for lunch:) congratulations on your sweetheart!
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This looks lovely although really I’d probably use it as a sauce/dip more than a soup…with big chunks of grilled or raw veggies. Cold soup has never done it for me, I’m afraid.
But more than that, congratulations on the +1! Wishing you all the best.
I’m so happy for you Olga! This looks like a dreamy soup for any hot day :).
What a beautiful way of introducing your plus one to us :) You sound giddy and it’s so wonderful to read/see. Definitely with you about the joys of cooking together–that’s what food is all about–whether it’s friends, family or that special someone.
Katie @ Cozydelicious
This is a perfect ‘plus one’ meal! Especially for a hot summer day. Yum!
What a lovely, fresh soup (and those bowls…oh, those bowls!) I love reading about someone that is so joyful and fulfilled – here’s to many more posts about you and your “plus one”.
Looks like a perfect soup for those hot summer days. (Nice to hear you sounding so happy too, congratulations!)
Love is in the air and how touching to read about it. You sound truly happy. The soup looks incredible. I’ll try it out on my very own hunk!
Thank you all for such lovely comments! You’re too good to me!
Soup shnoup….it’s all about the human connection! Congratulations and wishing you much happiness!
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I’m going to make some for lunch:) congratulations on your sweetheart!
Jane – thank you! let me know how you like it! :)
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This recipe has a great flavor, but the first time I made it with my overabundance of large cucumbers, seeds removed. I grated them and then pureed the soup as directed. The flavor was great, but the texture was coarse. Next time I’ll make it with the smaller cukes.
Looks good, think I’ll give it a try as a first course for a gathering tomorrow night!
Will give this a try next weekend