This is a simplified version of a Caldo Xochitl con Flor de Calabaza – a smoky, Mexican soup that is a meal on it’s own.
We’ve left out many, many of the ingredients not with the intent to simplify the preparation but to eliminate the processed ingredients and let the fresh ingredients take center stage.
This can be as vegan or as terrorizing to chickens as you like.
Makes: 2 bowls
Keeps: 4 days
Time (with prepared puree): 45 minutes
2 tsp oil
2 tsp fresh ground cumin (or 1 TBSP pre-ground cumin)
Salt and Pepper
4 cups stock
2 cup onion, minced
1/2 cup zucchini, shredded or cubed
3 Tbsp lime juice
1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
2 rough cut squash blossoms
2 TBSP cilantro leaves
3 tsp = 1 TBSP
2 TBSP = 1 ounce
1 cup = 8 oz
1 cup = 1/2 pint
4 cups = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
16 cups – 1 gallon
WHAT TO DO
Sauté onion in oil with cumin, white pepper and salt.
Once onion is translucent, add broth.
Place zucchini into individual bowls.
Squeeze lime juice into bowls and let sit.
Add serano to the bowl.
Add Squash blossoms.
Add hot broth to bowls.
Garnish with cilantro.
Dust and deep fry these blossoms in rice flour and ground cumin. Put them on a plate and use them as an at-will garnish. Eat them before they sog out.
Make a cilantro, mint, squash blossom salt and lemon juice salad and garnish just before serving.
Make an ancho chile paste and add it to the pan when you sauté the onion.
Add chicken thighs for a full meal – cube the chicken, boil it until cooked, use the water as your stock.
The squash blossoms are a slightly floral, slightly bitter agent in this dish. It’s the stem side of the blossoms that give that bitter bite. Don’t want bitter? Don’t include the green bits.
Cube the zucchini for texture. Shred the zucchini for creaminess.
Harvest squash blossoms mid morning when the bees are awake and flying. Bees sometimes spend the night in the flowers, which close up at night and can’t escape until the sun opens the blooms. Nothing will kill the joy of squash blossoms like a dead bee.
Vino verde and squash blossom soup can be best friends.