Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cookbook Countdown: Yogurt&Cucumber Soup and Fruit Compote

Tonight's meal began and ended with Time-Life Foods of the World: Middle Eastern Cooking.

We started with Cacik&mdash:Cold Yoghurt and Cucumber Soup (p19) from Turkey, which is a very nice, easy-to-make cucumber-yogurt soup. Grated yogurt is combined with yogurt, white vinegar, olive oil, mint, dill, and salt. (Too much salt, actually. The recipe asks for 1 tsp. I put in about 3/4 tsp and it was still too salty.) The whole recipe should serve two to four; I made the whole recipe and served it for two. These were quite substantial servings; smaller servings would probably be better for a large meal. Sorry, my soup plates weren't chilled, but I did add an ice cube as suggested.

For dessert, there was Paludah—Fresh Melon and Peach Compote (p112) from Iran. I had one very small charentais melon, which tastes and looks much like a cantaloupe. After checking the weight, I made about a 1/3 recipe with a whole peach (i.e., a half recipe's worth of peach). The recipe indicates should  served up to two; I think it would have easily served four. The compote has melon (in chunks rather than balls) and peaches, mixed with sugar, lemon juice, and rose water. A nice combination. The rose water wasn't over-powering as it can be sometimes.

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  1. I have never tried cold cucumber soup before. Sounds refreshing with the mint and dill. The melon dessert looks good! I bet it is delicious especially when chilled!

  2. What a great soup for a hot day. Sounds very refreshing. And melons would be cooling, too.