Today is the last night of Passover, and we still cannot eat bread and grains. My chef sister-in-law, suggested a cold cucumber soup and mentioned how cleansing it is. Below is the simple recipe.
Cacik: Cold Yogurt Soup
2c plain yogurt
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 large cucumber, peeled seeded and shredded (box grater is fine-do over bowl to catch everything)
3 T chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 c chopped fresh mint
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1. In bowl combine all ingredients except ice water and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
2. At serving time thin with ice water to desired consistency, taste and adjust seasonings, then ladle into bowls and serve immediately.
This would be perfect for a hot summer day served with a big loaf of French bread. But, the sun is not shining and bread is not allowed for one more day.
At the end of last summer I had an overwhelming about of fresh mint, as all gardeners know the herbs grows like a weed. This is a perfect recipe to use a substantial amount.
I served with a basic salad of tomatoes and avocados.
I was convinced my kids would love this as they happily gobble up yogurt daily. My daughter refused to taste it and after I forced my son a spoonful he proceeded to gag. Maybe it is an acquired taste.
My husband and I enjoyed the flavors, but couldn't finish our large portions. It is rich and intense and would be better in a smaller quantity. I can see how it would be refreshing on a hot day.
The good news is the routine of Meatless Monday has guaranteed my family at least one weekly dinner where we discuss our day and review our plans for the week ahead. I find it a calming start to the week that seems to get more chaotic as each day passes.
What did you eat for Meatless Monday?