I've been having a lot of fun with the Philips Soup Maker. It's a really fun gadget to own especially if you're feeding a crowd. The soups and smoothies are a breeze to make. Just chop, bung and fugeddaboutit. You can read the review here.
So while I've shown how to use the chunky option with this Mexican Kidney Bean and Nacho Soup and the smooth option with my Thai-spiced Carrot Citrus Soup , I knew I that the versatility of this fun gadget wouldn't be complete without showing off the cold blend option. I sat on the idea for a bit - a smoothie or a juice - I pondered. And then it suddenly crossed my mind, how about this wonderful cold soup that can be both an appetizer and a dessert.
I remembered this soup I'd drunk (eaten) many moons ago at a restaurant in California. The strawberries were in season and they were humongous.They weren't as sweet as I'd have liked them to be, nonetheless they could be found everywhere.
We were heading for a quick meal, but the name of the soup ensured that I'd try it no matter how much time it would take. When the soup arrived, it was love at first sight. It was bright pink with droplets of condensation all around it. A dollop of sour cream and a sprig of mint on top, I thought I had never seen anything prettier.
As I put the first spoonful into my mouth, I realised why this was a summer specialty. It was cold with a lovely tang which refreshed you instantly. The flavours of the berry stood out but you could feel the coolness of the yogurt coming through as well.
Which is why making this soup was much needed in this Soup Maker. Plus truth be told, this takes only a couple of minutes, so if you want to serve it as dessert you can just blend the whole thing a la minute.
I used orange juice as a base for my soup, but feel free to use pineapple or apple too. You also have the option of replacing the yogurt with cream, but truth be told, it just gets very heavy.
A squeeze of lime is a must as is the sprig of mint, because that's how you'll make the prettiest soup in the world.
Cold Strawberry and Yogurt Soup
200 grams strawberries, hulled a chopped
1 cup orange juice (or pineapple or apple)
4 tbslp sugar
Juice of one lemon
1 cup yogurt
4 cubes of ice
a pinch of salt.
1. Add all the ingredients into the Soup Maker. Set it on the Cold Blend or Smoothie option. Let it churn away for 5 minutes.
2. When you are ready to serve, add a dollop of yogurt on top along with a sprig of mint.
3. Enjoy chilled.
Also announcing the winner of the Philips Rice Cooker - Nandita Banerjee for her Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup.
Nandita please send your address via email and the Rice Cooker will reach you soon. And the rest of you, thank you so much for participating and hang on there, bigger and better things coming your way.