French Fridays with Dorie: Cold Honeydew-Blueberry Soup

As I mentioned last week, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this week’s recipe for French Fridays with Dorie. Usually, when I read a recipe, I have some sense of what it will taste like. Cold Melon-Berry Soup combined ingredients I like into an end result I had trouble imagining.

Where I live, this week was unbearably hot. I live in an un-air-conditioned house, so going to work was a pleasure. We have lots of fans, but after a while, blowing warm air around seems counter-productive. Cooking, or even working in the kitchen, was not.

Though the weather was perfect for cold soup, it took me all week to work up the energy to try it out. Also, the instructions to chill the soup for 2 to 6 hours didn’t mesh with my schedule. I wasn’t sure whether it would suffer by not chilling long enough or chilling too long. If I made it before I left for work, it would chill all day, at least 10 hours. Or if I made it right before dinner, it wouldn’t be that cold. I probably worry too much about nothing.

Dorie’s recipe calls for cantaloupe and strawberries, but I let the fruit at the store speak to me. The honeydew and blueberries looked much more appealing. Half the melon is pureed into soup, and the other half is scooped into balls. Lime juice, fresh ginger, and a pinch of salt enhance the puree.

This definitely wasn’t my favorite recipe from the book, but it was better than I expected. It was like fruit salad soup. I found the flavors interesting, and I loved the colors, the contrast of the pale green melon and the bright blueberries.

I’m looking forward to reading what my fellow FFwD bloggers thought about this week’s recipe and how they tweaked it. Check out their links at French Fridays with Dorie. We don’t post the recipes, but consider getting your own copy of the book, Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. Maybe you’ll even want to cook along with us on Fridays.

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Posted on 15 July 2011, in French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I love the colors of your melon berry soup, it looks delicious to me!
    Great idea to change things up in this recipe, Very creative!
    Stay cool this weekend ;-)

  2. Betsy, I love the way the honeydew looks with the blueberries! So pretty! I found this quite refreshing. We had ours for breakfast and it was really a nice way to start the morning!

  3. I do love the color contrast of the blueberries and melon. Such good choices, Betsy.

    I think it is so neat that you took a beekeeping class! We have a wonderful beekeeping supply store downtown where we go to get our local honey. I don’t have a bee hive, but we sure do get a lot of bees in our backyard. They love to drink out of the birdbath. I hope you and Howard have a lovely weekend!

  4. I like your description of “fruit salad soup”! Kudos for trying honeydew and blueberries!

  5. We also have a mostly non air-conditioned home and this soup definitely hit the spot. I love how you picked the produce that spoke to you. Yours looks even more refreshing with the cool green and blueish fruits.

  6. I wondered if honey dew would taste better than the rockmelon (sorry! that’s what we call your cantaloupe). I didn’t really like it much, I think I was a bit thrown by the texture.
    The colours of the honey dew and the blueberries look great together!

  7. I like how you worked with what you had!
    We aren’t A/C at our house either – so I hear you. Stay cool!

  8. I was also a bit worried about the timing since I made mine at night and served it for breakfast, which was probably about 8 hours of chilling all together. It turned out fine and didn’t seem to have suffered from the extra couple hours. Yours looks very pretty by the way.

  9. What a gorgeous and creative adaptation! So lovely~

  10. I love the blue and green of your soup! It would be nice to serve alongside the original version in shot glasses at a party.

  11. I agree that the blue and pale green look very striking. Too bad the taste did not excite.

  12. I considered honeydew, and with the beautiful blueberries out right now, I think you made a lovely adaptation.

  13. Your honeydew and blueberries look so refreshing! I hope you are doing okay in the heat this week. It is ho, here, too! The lemongrass pork recipe is not a good one for hot weather…browning meat over a hot stove was not fun for me the other night (but the recipe is good!).

  14. I like the colors of the honeydew and blueberries together. I had the same debate with myself about not chilling long enough or chilling it for too long (I made it for breakfast, so the debate was whether to make in in the morning or the night before).

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