It has been brutally hot across most of the country for the better part of two weeks and I have been interested in staying cool, drinking iced beverages and checking on the rapid growth of our tomato plants.
Apropos of the weather and my appreciation of East European fare, a friend of mine posted a link on my facebook wall about the summer cuisine of Russia. Included in the story was a recipe for a creamy, cold soup. Since I’ve been on a bit of a Russian food fix lately, I was particularly taken with the soup recipe. I love a good cold cucumber soup inspired with some of the flavors of the Motherland. We served Polish-style pierogi at our wedding paired with picked cabbage and a cold cucumber-dill soup. I don’t know how well it went over with everyone else, but Cam and I loved it!
Today I got some cucumbers and tomatoes from the farmer’s market and put together a batch of soup with a few modifications:
Oroshka a la Lishka
Original recipe can be found here.
3 cups plain kefir
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
1/3 cup finely chopped dill
1 medium cucumber evenly cubed
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix together all of the ingredients and chill. Serve cold, makes about six 1 cup servings
This was a great meal with a warm Ezekiel English Muffin after an intensive workout today. Refreshing, nutritious, filling. I definitely recommend it for a hot day! Best part? No heat required!