Cold Cucumber, Pea and Mint Soup

I do not believe in Valentine’s Day. There I have said it. The whole world around me is going gaga around what we would be doing for our loved ones. And I cannot be bothered. Facebook. Twitter and even some News channels are flooded with Valentines day messages to celebrate the great day of love.

Not that I don’t love my loved ones or don’t want to express it. It just feels strange that you have 1 special day nominated for it when you have 365 days to love. Another reason is I am not sure how to be romantic. Yeah Yeah I am a girl and I am the most unromantic person you will ever know. I hate flowers, Chocolates and the color Pink. Give me a book, have an intelligent conversation with me and you have my attention. Give me flowers and I will think you like to waste money, get me chocolates and I will throw up. And Pink lets not even get started on that.

All my blogger friends are doing something for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day and blogging about it. So I thought I should do something for the non romantics like me who do not celebrate.

I had no idea what to make till I stumbled upon an idea for a Cold soup, which would be so perfect for this hot weather in Perth. Well how sad am I. When everyone is making so much attempt to celebrate the day with Cakes, Chocolates etc I am making a soup. To think of it my true love is food so what would be a good way to express it then cooking for your other love. Also it was something I had never made so it would be special. So I made a Cucumber, Mint and Pea soup. And man I tell you it was delicious and a perfect treat.

Here is the recipe (Cooking time 45 minutes, serves 4)

2 Tablespoons extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 medium Onions finely chopped

1 Garlic clove finely chopped

3 medium sized Potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped

400 gms frozen Peas

450 gms Cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped (I used 2 medium sized Lebanese cucumbers)

500 ml Chicken or Vegetable stock

1 tablespoon Lemon juice

1 tablespoon freshly chopped Mint

50 ml Milk

A few Slivered Almonds and chopped Mint to garnish.

Heat Oil in a thick bottomed pan and cook the Garlic and Onions till translucent.

Add the Cucumber, Peas and Potatoes and cook on a medium flame for 5 – 7 minutes coating them well with the Oil.

Add the Mint, Lemon Juice. Salt, Pepper and stock and let it come to a boil. Cover the pan and let the vegetables cook for 10 - 15 minutes till the Potatoes are tender on a medium flame.

Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. Once cooled puree it in a blender till smooth.

Put the puree back in the same pan and heat it without boiling it, adding the Milk. I would recommend you taste the soup a little to ensure that the seasoning is right. I had to add some extra Salt and Pepper at this stage.

Turn off the heat and garnish with some Mint and Almond flakes before you serve it either hot or Cold. Tastes great either way :) Happy Valentines day.

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