Summer to us means fun times, freedom, doing things outside, grilling and trying new things. This summer we promised to each other that we will do a lot of activities, exercise more and eat healthier. Last year we made this cold peach soup that became a summer staple. I love the idea to open the refrigerator and have something ready to eat that is light, healthy, low calorie and with some lavender liquor to it. It’s a soup cocktail!!! This strawberry lavender liquor soup sums up everything that I just said. Strawberry season is upon us here in Seattle and I love nothing more that chilled fruit soups on a hot summer day. This last week we have had some great weather and decided to use the fresh, local strawberries in a deliciously light and refreshing soup that could either be a great starter or a dessert. We used some lavender liquor that we purchased at the local Lavender Festival last year (you can find it in any liquor store) to add a different and refreshing twist along with the creamy goat cheese drizzle! To top it off, a tart yet sweet lime popsicle to dip into the soup for fun and more flavor. It’s a great dish to highlight summer fruits and a unique soup to add along with your barbecue menus. Just a reminder that you can make this soup without the lavender liquor.
For the soup
1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled
1 lb. fresh seedless watermelon, rind cut off
1/2 c. fresh basil, rough chopped
soft goat cheese
Take 3/4 lb. of each strawberries and watermelon and basil and place in a food processor. Add approximately 1 c. of lavender liquor and process until smooth. Place in a container and chill overnight.
Cut the remaining strawberries and watermelon into small dice and combine. This will be your garnish. Place 1 c. of soft goat cheese in a bowl and slowly mix in heavy cream until consistency is thin enough to spoon over the soup.
When ready, place chilled soup in a bowl, drizzle 1-2 T. more lavender liquor over the soup. Place diced watermelon and strawberry mixture on the side and spoon goat cheese cream around. Finish with the lime popsicle on the side.
For the Popsicles
2 c. water
2/3 c. sugar (or artificial sweetener/honey)
zest of 1 lime
1 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
In a saucepan combine water, sugar and lime juice. Bring to a simmer and cook just until sugar has dissolved. Strain the mixture and chill. When cooled, add lime juice and mix well. Place into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn Chudda