Back this month with our new 5 Star Makeover challenge. This month we were tasked with creating a sexy chilled soup, perfect for this scorching weather here in Miami.
The star of our soup is these babies, Florida Aguacate or Avocado for the English speaking folk.
Unless you've lived in Miami, you have no idea how popular these things become in the early spring/summer. Everyone and their grandmother has one of these trees in the backyard. So naturally...they gotta off-load them. Cool at first but too much of a good thing is well a bad thing. My kitchen is stocked, so they went in the pool.
LAWYER - "Hey make an avocado soup with watermelon."
LAZ - "Sounds disgusting."
LAWYER - "No would be good." scours through the google machine "look someone made something like that once."
LAZ - "Umm, alright but I have some shrimp in the fridge that I gotta use."
LAWYER - "Add them too."
LAZ - "This is starting to sounds like a monster mash-up of something diabolical."
LAWYER - "Well Mr. Chef...figure it out."
So, I decided to make a "sweet & sour" pillar for my avocado soup consisting of...
- Diced watermelon at the base
- A thin layer of cream cheese
- Sweet Key West shrimp
- A thin layer of guava jelly
- Crispy pancetta
- Fresh mint chiffonade
The cream cheese and guava jelly is an homage to a Cuban puffed pastry I've eaten all my life. The combo works, trust me.
All in all, it was a fun, refreshing, tasty concoction that I was happy to collaborate and enjoy with my favorite person in the world.
Finish the presentation with a light drizzle of walnut oil.
By the way, the red film you see on the right edge of the last photo is the watermelon juice starting to leech out into the soup.
I could have re-shot it but...who gives a fuck! We had to eat.
That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!