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COLD SOUP IN HOT NEW HAMPSHIRE – WATERMELON GAZPACHO

August 15, 2012

While Life is more than just food, food is also Life! Let’s eat!

Colorful Seasonal Gazpacho Ingredients

It was mid-July and it was 96 degrees in southern New Hampshire where we’re setting up our US home base. To keep cool, I’m making a refreshing, hydrating, cold summer soup, Watermelon Gazpacho, inspired by two things – heat (jalapeno) and cold (watermelon). Gazpacho was made frequently in the summer time at Life Café. I made this special soup with assistance from my sister Jeanne. I love cooking the most when I do it with friends and family!

There are numerous varieties of gazpacho. It’s the sangria of soup and there are infinite possibilities. So don’t be afraid to adjust the ingredients to your liking. And it’s vegan. If you happen to have green or orange bell peppers on hand, you can use them. Just make sure your watermelon is ripe and sweet for more flavor. You might also like to try substituting half the orange juice with pineapple juice. Some recipes call for tomatoes. And you might prefer fresh mint leaves to the parsley. Go with the flow, let the seasonal produce you have on hand be your inspiration.

 

WATERMELON GAZPACHO

Serves 6

Dice into ¼ inch pieces:

2 cups sweet, ripe watermelon

1 seedless cucumber

1 small yellow bell pepper

1 small red onion or sweet Vidalia onion

Mince:

2 medium cloves garlic

1 small fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

 Chop:

Fresh parsley and/or cilantro to make 2 tablespoons

 In a blender or food processor, process until pureed ½ cup of the watermelon, along with:

2 cups orange juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, cold pressed

 Transfer to a medium bowl, along with the remaining ingredients. Add:

 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Putting Watermelon Gazpacho Together

This is the perfect dish when it’s hot and you don’t feel like eating. But when you eat it you’ll want more (try it with corn chips) and you can have as much as you want without guilt. You’ll astonish your meal guests with this soup; who’s ever heard of mixing watermelon with garlic and jalapeno! But you’ll get rave reviews all around. The marriage of these ingredients is an unexpected and exotic blend of flavors. Use it as a first course or a surprising and colorful contribution to a summer potluck – just be sure to serve it in a clear glass bowl to show off the colorful ingredients.

This soup can be made several hours before serving. Some say it’s better served the same day it is made and others insist that refrigerating it overnight enhances the flavors. In this case, you might want to use half the jalapeno as the heat increases over time.

The Palate of Your Seasonal Ingredients Give this Soup Its Color

Enjoy Life and its food.

Kathy Life


Memorial Weekend Dinner Specials

5.25-5.31              

 APPETIZER

FLASH FRIED CALAMARI

7.99

Tossed in a papaya-chipotle mayo and served on a mesclun salad

 

ENTRÉES

GRILLED SHELL STEAK

16.99  

Topped with a burgundy wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes and French green beans

 GRILLED PORK LOIN

15.99  

Topped with a Marsala cream sauce and served with mixed vegetables and roasted potatoes

 EGG BATTERED PAN FRIED TILAPIA

13.99  

Served with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 CAPPUCCINO CHEESECAKE

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Dinner Specials for Life Cafe 983

5.18-2.24

 APPETIZER

SMOKED SALMON TOSTADITOS

7.99

Fried corn tortillas with re-fried beans, mango salsa, lettuce and queso served with jalapeño sour cream

 

ENTREÉS

 GRILLED SHELL STEAK

16.99  

Served with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes

 GRILLED SALMON FILET

14.99  

With grilled endives and served with an arugula salad in a mint vinaigrette and mashed potatoes

 COCONUT CURRY STIR FRY

13.99  

An old school favorite, served with fried tofu over organic brown rice

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 CAPPUCCINO CHEESECAKE

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Life Cafe 983 Dinner Specials for the week of 4.6-4.12

4.6-4.12

 APPETIZER

BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS

6.99

Served with chipotle mayo

 ENTREÉS

 SHELL STEAK

16.99  

With a mushroom, bleu cheese sauce and topped with fried onions 

served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

 BROILED SALMON FILET

14.99  

With a garlic, ginger, white wine, butter sauce and served with white rice and julienne vegetables

 VEGAN MEATLOAF

13.99  

With a vegan mushroom gravy and served with baby carrots, green peas and roasted potatoes

DESSERT SPECIAL

 CHOCOLATE CHIP-BANANA-WALNUT CRÊPE

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Banging New Dinner Specials at Life Cafe 983!!

3.2-3.8

 APPETIZER

STEAMED MUSSELS

6.99  

With fennel and tomatoes in a white wine-garlic sauced and served with garlic bread

 

ENTREÉS

 SURF AND TURF

16.99  

Pan seared flank steak topped with shrimp and scallops in a red wine-rosemary sauce and served with mashed potatoes and green beans

 BRAISED PORK SHANK

15.99  

In a burgundy wine sauce and served with

mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables

PAN SEARED SALMON FILET

14.99  

Served over a cannellini bean ragu and broccoli

VEGAN MEATLOAF

12.99  

Served with a mushroom-Marsala wine gravy and served with roasted potatoes

and mixed vegetables

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 VEGAN APPLE-STRAWBERRY FRUIT CRISP 4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Life Cafe 983 Dinner Specials for the week of 2.17-2.23

 2.17-2.23

APPETIZER

CHILE RELLENO

7.99  

Stuffed with zucchini, spinach, corn, and cheddar cheese, served with fresh tomato salsa and topped with sour cream and cotija cheese

 

ENTREÉS

GRILLED FLANK STEAK

15.99  

Served with roasted rosemary potatoes

and mixed vegetables

GRILLED SALMON FILET

14.99  

Served over a grilled slice of pineapple and topped with a passion fruit glaze and served with

white rice and asparagus

SEITAN SAUTÉE

12.99  

With spinach, red onion, red peppers and walnuts, in a sesame soy sauce and served with organic brown rice

DESSERT SPECIAL

VEGAN DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CAKE 4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



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1.20-1.26

 APPETIZER

 SOUTHWESTERN CALAMARI SALAD

 6.99  

With chickpeas, kidney beans, chorizo, cilantro, onions

ENTREÉS

 BACON WRAPPED SIRLOIN MEDALLIONS 14.99

With a red wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

 LAMB SHEPHERD’S PIE

13.99

Served with a small house salad

BEER BATTERED FISH AND CHIPS

 13.99

Served with cole slaw, tartar sauce and malt vinegar

EGGPLANT NAPOLEON

 12.99  

Served with a small house salad

 DESSERT SPECIAL

 BANANA-CHOCOLATE CHIP CRÊPE 4.99

With whipped cream

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Life Cafe 983 Dinner Specials-12.16-12.22

12.16-12.22

 APPETIZER

 POPCORN SHRIMP 6.99

Served with chipotle mayo


ENTREÉS

 GRILLED FLANK STEAK 14.99

With a balsamic reduction and served with mashed potatoes and French green beans

 BROILED SALMON FILET 13.99

With tomatoes, capers, shallots and basil on a lemon, garlic-butter sauce and served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS 12.99

With salsa verde, guacamole, jack cheese, sours cream and served with Mexican rice and refried beans

 DESSERT SPECIAL

 HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE 4.99

With whipped cream

Try it with Dulce Amore’s vanilla gelato 2.25

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm


Life Cafe 983 Dinner Specials 12.09-12.15

12.09-12.15

 APPETIZER

 HUMMUS PLATE 6.99

Served with pita chips

ENTREÉS

 SIRLOIN STEAK 14.99

With a Mushroom Bleu cheese sauce, topped with fried onions and served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

BROILED SALMON 13.99

Served over fettuccine with sautéed mushrooms in a basil, garlic, butter sauce

BBQ RIBS 14.99

Served with house-made French fries, cole slaw and corn on the cob

 ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH 12.99

Stuffed with apples, chick peas, seitan and carrots and served with organic brown rice

DESSERT SPECIAL

 HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE 4.99

With whipped cream

Try it with Dulce Amore’s vanilla gelato 2.25

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 


DINNER SPECIALS FOR LIFE CAFE 983…12.02-12.08

12.02-12.08

 APPETIZER

STEAMED MUSSELS 6.99

In a bacon and beer-butter garlic sauce and served with garlic bread

ENTREES

 SIRLOIN STEAK 14.99

With a Mushroom Bleu cheese sauce, topped with fried onions and

served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

SALMON FILET en PAPILOTTE 12.99

Carrot, celery, spinach, roasted red pepper, garlic, basil and butter

served with basmati rice

 BREADED PORK CHOP 13.99

Topped with a cherry-red wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes

 PENNE PASTA 12.99

With Italian HOT sausage, broccoli, tomatoes in a basil-pesto sauce

and topped with goat cheese

 DESSERT SPECIAL

 HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE 4.99

With whipped cream

Try it with Dulce Amore’s vanilla gelato 2.25

 

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm