Friday, April 25, 2008

Cantaloupe Soup: The Pop Quiz

Hey everybody! It’s multiple choice time! So gather your wits, sharpen your, uh, keyboard and let’s get going.

Cantaloupe is:
A) Surprisingly easy to chop, though the juice gets dang near everywhere.
B) Difficult to spell, with that whole “loupe” thing.
C) Something your roommate might confuse for a hatstand.
D) Meant for better things than fruit salad.

Orange juice is:
A) Pretty friggin’ expensive, man.
B) Orange.
C) Being suspiciously cut back to 51 ounce containers (rather than 64) by some companies.
D) A good base for any liquid with additional fruits.

Soup is:
A) Eaten with a spoon. Or a fork if you’re looking for a challenge.
B) Blind Melon’s second album.
C) Not something you throw at your sister.
D) An anytime kind of dish made from nearly any substance on Earth.

A beverage is:
A) Seriously, where are you going with this?
B) Because I’m not sure where it’s leading.
C) And it’s making me hungry.
D) A nourishing liquid taken from a glass.

Based on your previous answers, how would you evaluate a cantaloupe/orange juice-based liquid that makes a refreshing, fruity summer soup, but would also be delicious in a scotch glass with a jigger of vodka?
A) Ohhhhhh. I get it. Okay. I’m ready to answer now.
B) A soup, dummy. It’s spoonable, yes?
C) A drink. Who ever heard of fruit soup? You need a brain checkup.
D) Enh, it could really go either way, dawg.

And that concludes our quiz. You can find the answers at the bottom of this post, but before you go there and/or look at the recipe, a few notes on AllRecipe’s Cantaloupe Soup:

1) Make sure your cantaloupe is ripe. In the supermarket, you can tell when it’s ready to go by taking a whiff of the little circle at the top. If it smells, uh, cantaloupe-y, you’re in.

2) On the advice of AllRecipes reviewers, I cut a cup of orange juice out of the original recipe, which makes it more soup-like, but brings the servings down from a small six to a medium-sized four. If you’re making a drink instead of a soup, feel free to add the extra O.J. back in.

3) This is one of the easiest dishes ever. My sister and/or a slightly dumb monkey could do it. (Not to say my sister is a monkey, but rather that she’s not so good with the cooking. Love you, L!)


Cantaloupe Soup
4 servings
Adapted from All Recipes.

1 cantaloupe - peeled, seeded and cubed
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1) In a blender or food processor, combine cantaloupe and 1/2 cup orange juice. Blend until completely smooth. Pour into a big bowl. Add lime juice, cinnamon, and other 1/2 cup of orange juice to bowl. Stir. Cover with plastic wrap and stick in fridge for at least 60 minutes. Like mint? Sprinkle some on top right before serving.

Approximate Calories, Fat, and Price Per Serving
78 calories, 0 g fat, $0.40

1 cantaloupe: 188 calories, 1 g fat, $0.98
1 cups orange juice: 120 calories, 0 g fat, $0.27
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice: 5 calories, 0 g fat, $0.33
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon: negligible calories and fat, $0.01
TOTAL: 313 calories, 1 g fat, $1.59
PER SERVING: 78 calories, 0 g fat, $0.40

ANSWERS: All of them. Everything was correct! You get an A++++! Now go buy that Red Rider carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time, but for pete’s sake, don’t shoot your eye out.


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