ffwD: Cold Melon-Berry Soup

Anyone else think this recipe was suffering an identity crisis? Obviously, Dorie has categorized this as a soup, but storing the puree in a pitcher and serving it in glasses made me do a double-take. I thought the recipe sounded like a fruit gazpacho while my sister (Codename: Chunklet’s mom) thought it sounded like a twist on sangria because of the lime juice and wine. In the end it didn’t matter since I prepared it both ways.

I placed the “soup” in a ramekin.

And, I served the “drink” in a martini glass.

As I was prepping, I came to the startling realization that all my wide-mouth glasses are either plastic and not conducive for photographing its contents or they have random logos on the sides. I could’ve used a white wine glass but I thought the martini glass would provide better access to the fruity goodness.

Despite a minute of confusion, this dish was great, especially since my whole family goes nuts over cantaloupe. To be honest, Chunklet’s mom and I kept sneaking pieces of cantaloupe before we could puree the entire batch, which wasn’t much because I only bought a small organic cantaloupe enough for two servings. And, I used Moscato for the splash of alcohol, making this a very fun morning beverage and perfect before a 10AM screening of the new Harry Potter movie!

To see how others fared with Dorie’s cold melon-berry soup, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:25:07

    I am impressed that you made it a screening of HP before 10 AM!

  2. spicegirlfla
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:32:57

    Truly this is the most impressive looking dessert soup!! I love your presentation, the cantaloupe balls look like floating ice balls and the red strawberry contrasts so nicely! It sounds like it must taste so refreshing!

  3. Ronda
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:36:29

    Mmmm….with Moscato too….double mmmm……

  4. Adriana @ GreatFood360Β°
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:37:06

    How beautiful! The martini glass version looks perfect.

  5. kitchenbelleicious
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:39:58

    Fantastic! Best idea ever and i have never done this before. Talk about refreshing and light! The picture is just amazing

  6. Parsley Sage
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:45:53

    I think you might be right. It’s a ‘confused’ recipe. Looks amazing though. Enjoy Harry Potter! I’m super jealous πŸ™‚

  7. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:49:12

    This is gorgeous! What a refreshing treat!

  8. Mary
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 09:04:32

    You really did a great job with this challenge. The soup looks delicious. Have a great weekend.Blessings…Mary

  9. oneexpatslife
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 09:16:24

    I think ”identity crisis” sums this recipe up perfectly. I was also lost as to what to do with it and wishing Dorie had listed some suggestions. It was good in the end though. And serving it in a martini glass is a great idea!

  10. Anita Menon
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 09:29:48

    It looks beautiful but hard to imagine it like a soup. Definitely looks refreshing and inviting.

  11. tinytearoom
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:11:39

    ooh this looks more like a refreshing dessert. I like it in the martini glass.

    I don’t drink alcohol but I do enjoy a few sips of Moscato. Makes this melon soup extra appealing to moi!

  12. Maya@Foodiva Kitchen
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:28:41

    You know, I thought this was more cocktail than soup, so gave it a pass this week. It’s all about perspective, I guess…and your point of serving it in the ramekin and martini glass proves that it works well either way!

  13. saffronandhoney
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:38:04

    Glad you enjoyed this one! I don’t love melon (just watermelon:)) so while it sounded very refreshing, I ended up not making the recipe this week.

    Both your versions look beautiful!

  14. luciacara
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:47:10

    Gorgeous soup! We liked it, too.

  15. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 11:11:30

    I think either presentation works. Looks great actually!

  16. Christina
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 11:14:06

    Your photos look great – I love the martini glass shot. How was Harry Potter?

  17. sweetlife
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 13:05:51

    I love the photos, the second shot is awesome. melon soup would be a great summer idea and I adore moscato(swoon) great recipe. thanks for sharing

  18. Three-Cookies
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 13:14:22

    Very versatile recipe, soup in a bown, drink in a martini glass:)

  19. Pachecopatty
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 14:33:18

    All beautiful! Great photos, I like it in a martini glass and the ramekin, just wonderful. I love all the comments and different takes on this cold soup. Sounds like you had a fun day, enjoy your weekend;-)

  20. Kathy
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 16:21:25

    I also served it for breakfast and it was perfect. I think yours looks great in the martini glass! Very nice photos and very pretty soup! (Or what ever it is.)

  21. lifeisfull
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 17:03:58

    Your ‘soup’ and ‘drink’ look great, I love the colors!

  22. betsy
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 21:30:27

    Soup or cocktail, looks beautiful either way. How was the Harry Potter movie?

  23. Elaine
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 22:20:30

    How cute that you made the sup and the drink. πŸ™‚ I loved the cantaloupe balls as well and packed some of the extra ones in my lunch today. Hope you have a great weekend!

  24. Eva
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 22:30:29

    That soup looks and sounds delicious! Hope you enjoyed the Harry potter screening πŸ™‚

  25. Krissy
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 23:35:16

    Nice ideas, but the best one is to go together to see the new Harry Potter movie! We did not do that yet so I’m jealous…we’d better go soon!

  26. sanya
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 05:54:23

    You photos look fantastic! And the melon balls were really hard to pass up!

  27. teaandscones
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 08:17:28

    Identity crisis. LOVE it. Whatever it is, it is different. Pretty pics.

  28. Mary
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 08:51:48

    Beautiful presentation and I would say perfect for these temps!
    PS Wasn’t HP great! went to the midnight show with the girls!

  29. Mary
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 09:35:48

    I really wanted to make this, but forgot to jot down the recipe before I left town. It sounds so refreshing for this heat wave. I think I’ll look for a cantaloupe at the market–I’m heading there now.

  30. kitchen flavours
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 09:53:37

    What a delightful soupy fruit! Looks really pretty in that Martini glass! Hope you enjoyed the movie!

  31. nana
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 10:50:44

    Looks wonderful, add some gin instead and you have a melon-berry martini.
    Love your pictures. Hubby and I were not fond of the flavors, perhaps
    too much ginger. Will have to try again, perhaps as a smoothie.

  32. Trevor Sis. boom
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 11:00:05

    What a coincidence! I used gin and Lillet in mine instead of melon and since I had no other fruit I just used an orange twist. Mine was so delicious I had two servings. Used the same glass too! Great minds!

  33. Peggy
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 11:07:50

    Those photos are very impressive. I wish I had time this week to make this but I did not. It looks sooo yummy!!!

  34. Peggy
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 12:03:03

    Whether it be a soup or a drink – it sounds completely refreshing!

  35. miri leigh
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 14:30:24

    This is beautiful, and I love the martini glass!

  36. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 15:56:59

    Looks delicious! I’d have to make mine alcohol free and we would probably drink ours in Elmo glasses, but that should still taste good, right?

  37. rebecca
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 16:13:02

    this looks so good, love the presentation too

  38. Lola's Kitchen
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 16:48:22

    Love this in a martini glass! Identity crisis solved!

  39. Betty @ scrambled henfruit
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 16:49:28

    That looks good no matter what you put it in! So cool and refreshing- it would be fabulous in this summer heat! πŸ™‚

  40. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 17:00:32

    Oh my goodness this sounds incredible! πŸ™‚

  41. Simply Life
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 17:22:22

    what a perfect thing for the summer!

  42. Tanvi
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 18:06:36

    Wow.Look at the colors..so colorful & summery..beautiful presentation!

  43. Liz
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 19:50:31

    I’m glad this was a hit!!! So pretty…and perfect for pre-Harry!

  44. peachkins
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 23:05:01

    I like it better in the martini glass instead of the ramekin!

  45. Laural @ Being Healthier
    Jul 17, 2011 @ 11:33:16

    umm that looks likes such a versatile soup/drink ? i bet it would be delicious either way – amazing photos!

  46. Dessert By Candy
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 23:00:46

    Love the martini glass presentation and the precisely-placed strawberry and mint sprig! Muscato does sound great. So glad everyone loved it!

  47. Cakelaw
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 06:00:29

    I am glad that your family enjoyed this. It certainly looks fantastic. I found it a little odd in flavour, but then again, I am not much of a canteloupe fan.

  48. Inger Wilkerson
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 11:01:43

    The Martini glass is my favorite. This would make a wonderful summer brunch offering!

  49. Terra
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 19:44:44

    You melon soup turned out perfectly! It looks soooo refreshing! I agree, I kept eating the melon balls too:-)
    Hugs, Terra

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