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Feb. 11, 2014 3:46 pm
Updated: Mar. 4, 2014 5:05 pm
Sorry, but I wearied quickly of staring at a blank title line. It's been a long while since I lasted posted a blog entry, and I'm just not used to coming up with titles anymore.
Recently, I posted a recipe for a cocktail called the
Tangerine Dream Cocktail. It was one of those odd things in which I really hadn't gotten up that morning with a desire to create an alcoholic drink. I did start thinking about a couple of drinks that I had made for a dinner party that my wife and I hosted.
It was fun, and I suppose that is what got me going on creating one of my own cocktails to serve as a signature drink, more or less. Originally, I didn't have any intention of using raw egg white as an ingredient, but for some odd reason, the word "flip" came
to mind as I tasted the first iteration of my creation. A flip is an alcoholic beverage that includes a spirit, spice, sugar and an egg. More modern mixology reference books occasionally allow for cream to be added, but that is more of an egg nog then.
The Tangerine Dream Cocktail became a success in my house, even though my wife doesn't drink much, and my youngest is only 17. She does like it, though she wishes I would let here have more than a few tastes.
But that is well fermented history now. Tonight I decided to try to make a soup purely on a whim. Sadly, as I began the process, my darling wife called and informed me that she would not be flying home tonight, but would be driving back due to an unexpected
request to present her material at work despite the meeting going long. It isn't that bad, but she probably won't deliver her presentation until 6PM, and the drive home is about 3 hours. But she loves her job and she is well compensated. No complaints here.
I am just sad that she missed out on a very good soup. Fortunately, she will have it when it is closer to perfection!
As I entered the produce department at the local market, I saw some smallish, round, green melons. They were called Melon-Oranges. I knew right then what I was going to make: cold, melon soup! I grabbed a lemon, and some vanilla yogurt and sour cream along
with sundry other items. At home I cleaned and cut up the melon. I would say that the yield of fruit was about the same for a half of a normal sized cantaloup. I juiced the lemon and added that into the blender with the melon cubes, and the added 1/2 cup of
orange juice, 1 cup of yogurt, 1/2 cup of sour cream and about 3 tablespoons of honey. I liquified the contents of the blender, poured into a bowl and garnished with a few raspberries. I have to admit that when it is 10 degrees outside, a cold, fruit soup
is not what you are really craving. it was very tasty though, and my mind began churning out possible variations. I tried one of them, which was the addition of a dash of Garam Masala. That was fantastic! Now I want to try garnishing with a chiffonade of fresh
mint leaves, and mint oil garnish (canola and fresh mint) or perhaps a whipped cream made with mint steep in cream and then strained out prior to whipping.
Next on the blog: Learning to make do in a small town.