Thursday, August 4, 2011
Raw Cucumber Wasabi Soup
Here are five things that you should never do. Ready? Take notes.
#1: Never ride 50 miles on your bike while your brakes are messed up and the brake pads are clamping down on your wheel. It's not great for your bike, but more importantly... it just plain sucks.
#2: Never hang one of those gross sticky fly strips if you have a cat. Never. Because you should always assume that your cat will be the first thing stuck to it. True story.
#3: Never have a glass of wine when you have a very light lunch, a light dinner, and have work to do in the garden. Well, actually, I suppose that you could do that... Just make sure to pay attention to where your feet are in relation to the garden hose. Otherwise the next thing you know you'll be tripping over your own feet and find yourself lying on the ground crushing a kale plant. Safety first people!
#4: Never open your container of roasted broccoli at work and begin eating it at 9:30 am. Who does that anyway?! Apparently I do. Since this is not typical human behavior, your co-workers will not be expecting the smell of roasted cruciferous vegetables first thing in the morning. Naturally, it will lead them to think that there is a gas leak in the building. Then you will have to explain that it's just you and your odd eating behavior. No joke. But, should you find yourself in this situation, you just have to own it. Otherwise they'll call the fire department.
#5: You should never operate your Vitamix blender without the pad thingy on the base. Come on now, you should know this one! It even says right on there: "Never place blade assembly on base unless assembled to container." Why would you do that? Now you have to buy a replacement blender part. Lesson learned.
I'm hoping that you didn't damage your blender like I did this week because you really need to make this soup. Raw soups are one of my favorite things to make because they're delicious, healthy, and super quick to prepare. And since this only requires a blender, you can spend more time searching for replacement blender parts and less time cleaning dishes.
I've found that a lot of cold cucumber soups can taste a little watery or bland at times. The green onions and wasabi powder in this version give it a little kick of flavor and some heat which balances out nicely with the cooling properties of the cucumber. Serve this with some raw flax seed crackers or some raw zucchini "sushi" rolls.
Raw Cucumber Wasabi Soup
1 avocado, skinned and pitted
1 cup water
2 green onions
1 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/4 cup cilantro
freshly-ground sea salt and black pepper to taste
Add the cucumbers, avocado, water, and green onions to your blender. (You might have to chop these items ahead of time depending on the strength of your blender and blades.) Blend thoroughly, adding a little more water if necessary. Add the dill, wasabi powder, cilantro, and sea salt to taste. Blend thoroughly until smooth. Chill in the refridgerator until serving and top with a little black pepper if desired.