We’re coming to the last day of the Vegetarian Tour de France and it’s been a long month of cooking. That’s why I’m still looking for simple recipes. This is a unique soup and is a great use for the summer cucumber crop. The next time I make this, I may play around a little with the amount of butter, cream and egg yolk that is in the soup. I think it could be made much lighter…which means it can be eaten that much more often. (And, that also means no worries about having to schlep extra poundage around on your weekend bike ride!)
Cucumber Soup (Crèm Doria)
adapted from Celtnet.org.uk
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 large shallot
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp long-grain rice
- 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp cream
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- salt and black pepper, to taste
Do not peel the cucumber, as the skin is essential for this recipe. Chop both the cucumber and shallot then melt the butter in a pan. When hot add the cucumber and shallot and fry lightly until soft and slightly browned.
Season well and add the rice to the pot.
Fry for 1 minute before adding the stock.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
Take off the heat and allow to cool a little before liquidizing in a food processor.
Return the liquid to the pan then add the cream and slowly whisk-in the egg yolk. Allow to warm through, but do not boil (otherwise the egg and cream will curdle).
(Note: Even after processing in the blender, I still had bits of seeds and skin. If you don’t like that…then strain them out before serving.)