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Chilled Spicy Cucumber And Avocado Bisque

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Some  say the king of  cold soups is gazpacho and I, (for once) don’t argue 🙂
Sadly, these days the traditional custom of having a soup before a main course as part of a menu has mostly disappeared, especially here in North America. Even for special, celebratory dinners, soup is usually an afterthought, and chilled soup is nearly non-existent.
However, there is a myriad of wonderful cold/chilled soups out there, mostly ignored and even forgotten in these times of ever-increasing food-sensationalism 😦
Back in the day when I was a soup cook on Royal Viking Sky (1974), we served 8 different soups daily.
Consommé or beef tea between 10.00 am and 11.00 am.
For lunch it was a chilled soup, a consommé, and a vegetable cream soup.
For dinner,  a chilled soup, a consommé, a vegetable cream soup and a silky seafood soup or a hearty meat-based soup.
Besides the beef tea, none of the soups were allowed to repeat itself for the duration of a voyage that lasted less than a month, so we had quite a repertoire of soups.
While cruising in the hot parts of the world, chilled soups for lunch were extremely popular, especially the berry and stone fruit varieties.
In colder parts of the world and during dinner, classics like red or white gazpacho, vichyssoise and creamed vegetable soups led the parade of favorite chilled soups.
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Today’s soup is especially refreshing and therefore perfectly suitable for the scorching heat that has “blessed” us in Florida lately. As you can see from the size of the serving in the photos below, I actually had the soup as a small lunch. (Two helpings, to be truthful 🙂
A word of advise:
Check/adjust the seasoning of the soup AFTER chilling it and just before serving, since a chilled soup looses much of its flavor when chilled. Nothing worse than a bland chilled soup 😦
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Chilled Spicy Cucumber And Avocado Bisque

Chilled Spicy Cucumber And Avocado Bisque

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Chilled Spicy Cucumber And Avocado Bisque

Chilled Spicy Cucumber And Avocado Bisque

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Chilled Spicy Cucumber And Avocado Bisque

Chilled Spicy Cucumber And Avocado Bisque

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Preparation :
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Pork, Cabbage & Chili Noodles

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Ahhh,  the refreshing, liberating, exciting, sinus-clearing effect of eating a dish as spicy as one can handle.
The key here is –
as spicy as one can handle” !  (Hot as hell in my case)
To season something beyond a level of spiciness which is comfortable and enjoyable would not make sense – but to stay just below, on a level that hurts but feels good at the same time can be very addictive. While not all the food I eat at home is spicy, once in a while I need the rush which comes from a healthy dose of chili.
If you plan to re-create this dish, simply and sensibly adjust the amount of chili you use to your personal preference.
Like I said on other occasions concerning spicy food  –
“It should kick like a lady, not like a mule” 🙂
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Pork, Cabbage & Chili Noodles

Pork, Cabbage & Chili Noodles

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Pork, Cabbage & Chili Noodles

Pork, Cabbage & Chili Noodles

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Pork, Cabbage & Chili Noodles

Pork, Cabbage & Chili Noodles

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