Monday, August 22, 2005


Summer Soup

This past Sunday I spent most of the afternoon at a glorious brunch wishing darling Astrid bon voyage and a very happy birthday. In a few days time the sweet baby-girl is headed off to the big apple to see what is to be seen, and I'm going to miss her like mad. If any woman is LA to the core, it's this child. She makes glamour look effortless and tops it all off with a heart of gold & a platinum card. She knows exactly how much valet costs at every restaurant in town, and always orders the turkey chop. God love her.

She made a few requests for me to bring dishes to the brunch, since it was a sort of pot luck thing, some of which I made, most of which (the list was about 8 pages long) I didn’t. One dish I did manage to concoct in her honor was this simple cold soup. It is just like her, a perfect balance between sweetness and light. I had a lot of fantastically bright yellow tomatoes and the combination of sweet and tangy with the zip of the zest and the sprightly mint was culinary perfection. Try it, and enjoy! And if you are in NYC next month and see a six foot tall glamazon shivering in the cold, tell her hi for me.

1 large cantaloupe melon
2 large yellow tomatoes, seeded
1/4 sweet Maui onion
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
a few fresh mint leaves
1/4 teaspoon pepper (that five pepper blend is what I used. Makes it more festive)
zest of one lime, and a small squeeze of the juice
1/2 cup club soda

Blend all, taste and adjust seasonings. Chill one hour and serve in shot or martini glasses.

Serves six - eight


Round Up For The (First) Really Big Cook-Off will be posted tomorrow, stay tuned!

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Ooh, that looks gorgeous. I have several melons from the farmers' market sitting on my kitchen table right now. I'm going to make this today.

Beautiful photo, by the way.
hey rachael
did you know your mailbox is full
the last 2 emails i sent you got bounced back today
one from saturday and one from yesterday

Man, do I ever. That has been an ongoing nightmare for me the last few days. (Lets just say, I have exactly 17 emails left, and it continues to say it is full. Aurg.)
Anyway, try me at if you like, that works fine!


And Shauna, I hope the soup turns out well!
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