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10 September 2010  |  Recipes

Sweet and Spicy

It’s been good to be home, although this stomach thing is lingering a little longer than I had hoped.  Here are a couple tasty summer recipes combining the sweet and the spicy.

Easy Fresh Peach Salsa

  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • lime juice (from 1/2 a lime, or to taste)
  • fresh grated ginger to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp minced onion
  • cayenne pepper to taste (or fresh jalapeno)
  • salt to taste
  1. chop all ingredients and mix well
  2. you can also puree briefly in a food processor if you want a smoother salsa
  3. serve as a dip with chips or as a sauce over fish or chicken

    Thai Watermelon Soup
    adapted from “Gourmet” recipe
    (serves 4-6)

    • 5 cups chopped watermelon
    • zest of one lemon
    • 3 tbsp chopped shallot or onion
    • 1.5 tbsp minced or grated fresh ginger
    • 1 serrano chile, chopped (including seeds)
    • juice of one lime
    1. puree watermelon in food processor until smooth
    2. saute ginger, garlic, shallot and chile until golden
    3. add 1/4 of the watermelon to pan and cook a few minutes
    4. combine cooked watermelon mixture, lemon zest and lime juice with the remaining watermelon in food processor and process until smooth
    5. season with salt, more lime juice if needed
    6. at this point you can either pass the soup though a sieve for a super smooth texture, or you can skip that step (like I did) and just serve the soup as is (delicious)
    7. serve chilled

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