Warm or cold, a delight


August 21, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Marilyn D. Forrester of Salem, Ore., wrote that she wanted a New Year's Eve German cucumber soup recipe. "I had this soup at a hospital where I worked about 20 years ago and I'm still pining for it."

Malva Eccleston of Baltimore responded. "I usually read your column and have often been tempted to send in requests, or rather answer requests. This time, I actually did dig out the recipe for cucumber soup. I hope this helps."

Cucumber Soup

Serves 6

1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced

4 large green onions, coarsely cut

3/4 cup mashed potato

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 sprigs mint, optional

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup cream or milk

garnish: finely chopped cucumber, mint

Place vegetables with water, salt and pepper in a blender. Cover and turn motor on high. Remove cover and with motor on, add mint, if using, broth and cream. Puree until smooth. Serve chilled, or heat over a double boiler. Serve with a garnish of finely chopped cucumber and mint.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "I would seed the cucumber before chopping it and adding it to the blender. Remove seeds by slicing the cucumber lengthwise and scraping a spoon along the seeds (a melon baller also works well). This results in a smoother puree. The mashed potato works well to make the soup thicker without adding sour cream or a roux. If you add the mint, I would encourage eating the soup cold. It's very refreshing, and the mint adds a lively character to a chilled soup."

Recipe requests

Mary Louise Lance, no address, wrote: "Somehow I have misplaced my recipe for Peaches and Cream Pie. It has a crumb top and one of the ingredients is sour cream. I want to make my favorite pie."

T. Casadidio of Sebastopol, Calif., is seeking a recipe for Beehive Cake. "I would love the recipe so I could make my husband one of his old favorites."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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