Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mothers' Day Soups

Mothers are often associated with soup, aren't they? Soup is such a symbol of nurturance (and who do we think of primarily in that instance?) So, is it not fitting to make up a lovely soup on Mother's Day and share it with your lovely mother (or your wife, if you are still getting away with referring to her as Mommy and using Mother's Day as the one day in the year where you really treat her royally in a way that your children can witness).

Here are a few suggestions for nice Mother's Day soups
offering variations dependent on their tastes and eating styles, and the outside temperatures.

Chilled Pear and Rose Petal Soup
(from the Joy of Soup blog): Hmm. Pretty fancy. Sounds like something you might need a terrine for? And you will probably want to wear something other than your undershirt to the table. And by all means only use rose petals that have NOT been sprayed and that are organic (how do you determine that when buying flowers? I guess you would have to go for your own organically-grown roses-- but we don't have them here on Mother's Day, so that counts us out)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup edible rose petals
Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the pears and sauté, tossing often, until golden on all sides. Add the sugar, ginger and salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes to meld the flavors.
Transfer the broth mixture to a VitaMix and add the toasted almonds, half and half and 1/4 cup of the rose petals. Puree the soup until smooth.
Chill the soup thoroughly before serving. Garnish with the remaining rose petals. Serves 4

Here is another elegant chilled soup on video CUCUMBER-DILL SOUP-- if you want to make it raw vegan, just use a nut milk with more lemon vs. the buttermilk and yogurt.