Friday, July 9, 2010

more cold soups!

File:Illustration Zea mays0 clean.jpgIt’s still really hot here, so I am making lots of cold soups. Here are some more recipes, for those who are also suffering this heat wave.

Cold sweet corn soup.

Slice the kernels off at least 4 ears of fresh sweet corn

and blend with 1 sauteed onion and 4 sauteed whole garlic cloves, 2 tbsps. lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, and the liquid of your choice—cream, milk, evaporated milk, chicken stock, or buttermilk.

Blend till relatively smooth-textured.

Open a can of chipotle peppers, and drain out the juice into a bowFile:Chipotlesenadobo.jpgl, reserving the peppers for another use. blend a bit of the reserved liquid with olive oil, and then drizzle this on top of each bowl of cold corn soup, adding a dollop of sour cream as well! Enjoy!

Kurt’s Cold Cucumber Soup (one of my favorites)

in a blender,

2 peeled cukes, chopped a bit

File:Cucumis sativus Blanco2.299.pngenough buttermilk to make it blend nicely

one clove of raw garlic


a tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve cold, with a garnish of either croutons or cold shrimp or both. Refreshing heaven!


image of corn’s Original book source: Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany. Source:

Chipotle pic by Badagnani

cuke: Flora de Filipinas [...] Gran edicion [...] [Atlas II]. Francisco Manuel Blanco (O.S.A.)

all images courtesy Wikimedia commons


tauerama giveaway winner!

Well, today’s the day I announce the winner of the giveaway. I have the names all lined up IMG_5688 and ready to draw!

But first, what have I learned about Tauer’s line?

That I adore it!

That I think Andy Tauer might be a genius.

That I admire his integrity, hard work, and inspiration.

That I am pumped that he has some new fragrances coming out soon—I’m now officially a Tauer addict!

That I need to buy myself some full bottles. The question is only, which to choose?IMG_5694

SO I have ripped up the names into little strips now.

I’m putting them in a bowl….

Bringing them out for my husband to draw….



IMG_5696 HOTLANTA LINDA! Congratulations! Please contact me with your info, and I’ll have your lovely discovery set out to you posthaste!

Finally I want to thank Andy for his generous donation of samples and the discovery set-I really appreciate your support of Hortus Conclusus. And thank you all for following!



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