I was a very bad boy the other day. I made salted caramels which I shared with you here. I also ate most of them without really eating anything else. For those of you that believe a calorie is a calorie, regardless of the glycemic index, try this experiment. Have yourself a day where you only eat sweet things or any other highly processed carbs like french fries, white bread, etc. Then tell me how you feel. I know that whenever I do this sort of thing, even for a small amount of time, the deleterious effect is obvious. I was sick. Your body does not react to all foods the same way, even if you are not allergic. It is because of how you process it, how much insulin needs to be excreted and how the body has to metabolize that food. A calorie is not a calorie. I could have run 10 miles and I would have still been sick.
An abrupt subject change: Summer time is when you can find certain kitchen items on sale. The other day I saw dutch ovens on sale. These are usually very expensive but well worth having. There will be several recipes here in the fall and winter that will use those heavy vessels. If you don’t have one you might look at your local housewares department.
This soup requires no cooking. I like to make this as an amuse-bouche (fancy french term for single bite). The concept is to “amuse” your palate before a meal. This one I like to serve as a shot but a cup would be fine. A whole bowl might be overpowering. It is refreshing and somewhat unexpected. It is dead simple to make and not very expensive so it is worth a go.
Makes 8-10 Shots
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Small Tomato, peeled
- 1 Cup of Sparkling Wine, Saki or White Wine
- 1 Lime, juiced
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- Dash of Tabasco
- Salt and Pepper
- Chef’s Knife
- Paring Knife
- Peel the cucumber and cut in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scrape the seeds out. Dice.
- Peel and dice the avocado.
- Peel and dice the tomato.
- Add all ingredients to blender and liquify.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve in shot glasses. If you do not want the alcohol for some reason, substitute with cold water.