A Series of Unfortunate Events has been one of my favorite book series since I was a kid. The wit, humor, and creativity of these books is unparalleled and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) mixes the dark themes perfectly into the narrative. He has a very Tim Burton-esque vibe that I love and each character is memorable in some odd way. One such character is Aunt Josephine from A Wide Window, the third book in the series, who has an extreme phobia of nearly everything imaginable. Because of this, she doesn’t use her stove for fear of it “bursting into flames,” so most of her dinners consist of a chilled cucumber soup. I remember thinking this sounded horrible when I first read it, but here is a more edible-sounding recipe.
“As you probably know, chilled cucumber soup is a delicacy that is best enjoyed on a very hot day. I myself once enjoyed it in Egypt while visiting a friend of mine who works as a snake charmer. When it is well prepared, chilled cucumber soup has a delicious, minty taste, cool and refreshing as if you are drinking something as well as eating it.”
2 large European cucumbers (2 1/4 pounds), halved and seeded—1/2 cup finely diced, the rest coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small shallot, chopped
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup loosely packed dill
1/4 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons loosely packed tarragon leaves
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Fresh ground white pepper
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- In a blender, combine the chopped cucumber with the yogurt, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, dill, parsley, tarragon and the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Blend until smooth.
2. Season with salt and white pepper, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
3. Season the soup again just before serving. Pour the soup into bowls. Garnish with the finely diced cucumber, red onion and a drizzle of olive oil and serve.
Recipe from here