Cucumbers and Tarragon, a Nifty Combination©by Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery
We all know how to prepare cucumbers. When our organic garden starts producing lots of them we put them in salads, we prepare pickles, we make relish, we eat them raw, we have cucumber sandwiches and we start to give them away to anyone who will take a few off our hands.
However, have you ever made soup with them? No! Why not? You can eat it hot or cold and either way it has the most delicate of flavor.
I used to serve this at our restaurant on the river at Laurel Creek Lodge when we owned it. It was quite a hit, especially to the Appalachian hikers coming off the trail to stay in our hostels.
Cucumbers are mostly water and their nutritional value includes sodium, iron, Vitamins A and C, plus Calcium which was all things these hikers needed after spending 3 to 6 months on the Appalachian Trail eating mostly trail food.
Arlene's Elegant Cucumber and Tarragon Soup.
This soup serves 8, but you can halve it easily to serve 4 or you can serve half of it hot one meal and 24 hours later serve the other half chilled at another meal.
Using vegetable stock when I have it or water when I do not, I put 9 cups of either into a large sauce pan adding 2 peeled and chopped large cucumbers, 2 medium sized onion chopped, 2 cloves of peeled garlic and 8 to 10 sprigs of fresh tarragon. I bring this all to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes and once the cucumbers are tender, I remove the pan from heat, allow cooling slightly and then carefully pouring this warm mixture into my blender or food processor. I now puree it all and then pour it back into my saucepan and bring back to a boil and then let stay warm over medium to low heat.
Taking a small bowl I mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/3 cup of light cream until smooth. Now I add 1 cup of light cream to this mixture and gently pour into the soup, stirring constantly over medium heat until the soup thickens.
Now I add about 8 springs of chopped fresh tarragon, or 2 tsp. of Home Farm Herbery Organic dried tarragon,
2 tablespoons of lemon juice, some freshly grated nutmeg, a pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper stir gently.
I serve this immediately if I am serving it hot and any I am serving chilled I transfer to a bowl and store covered in my refrigerator.
"Tread the Earth Lightly" and in the meantime… May your day be filled with…Peace, Light and Love
Home Farm Herbery
Where you can get the best organic dried tarragon all year round. http://www.localharvest.org/tarragon-french-organic-C25245
Author's note: This article was originally written for GreenThumbArticles.com