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Sunday, 10 July 2011

10 July 2011. VOR Reports… Chilled Soup Beats the Heat!

A hot summer day is the best time for cold soup, for it not only quenches one’s thirst, but it’s also very invigorating and refreshing. In Russia, chilled summer soups are prepared from every sort of ingredient, vegetables, meat, fish, rye or beet kvass, fruits and berries, and dairy products such as yogurt, whey, and kefir. Different countries have their own “twist” on chilled summer soups, which depends on the products available in a given location. Today, we’ll chat about the world’s most popular chilled soups.

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Gazpacho is a refreshing chilled tomato soup, originally from Andalucía, but, today, people all over the world enjoy gazpacho. Spaniards classify gazpacho more as a drink rather than a soup, so, therefore, it often comes to the table not in soup plate, but in a drinking glass.

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In such soups, the fresh vegetables used as ingredients aren’t cooked, so, they retain all of their colour, crispness, and vibrancy. In the image above are the ingredients for gazpacho.

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Green gazpacho differs from the classical recipe in that the main ingredients are diced and seeded cucumber and chilled roasted green capsicum (bell pepper).

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Okroshka is one of the more popular dishes in the Russian cuisine. Its name comes from the Russian word meaning, “to chop”. Basically, okroshka is chopped fresh vegetables in a chilled liquid. Traditionally, kvass is the foundation of this soup, but, in Old Russia, the basis was the juice from pickled cucumbers or beetroot. Today, besides kvass, people use sour milk, yoghurt, kefir, mineral water, and even beer as the liquid base of the soup.

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One of the most exquisite chilled soups is made from strawberries. François Vatel, the butler to the great French King Louis XIV (known as the Roi du Soleil (the Sun King)), was the first European to prepare strawberry soup.

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Tarator is a chilled summer soup popular in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Its main ingredients include yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, walnut, dill weed, olive oil, water, salt, and spices.

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All Slavs think that chilled borsch is one of the most appropriate foods for the hot season.

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The image shows Ukrainian svekolnik, a variation on the chilled borsch theme.

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The image shows black currant soup with ice cream.

 Приятного аппетита! Bon appétit!

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July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

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