Friday, July 13, 2012

Afternoon Tea Picnic

The heat of summer is just arriving in the Pacific Northwest. Although this makes for great road trips, it isn't quite as pleasant to eat hot and heavy foods when the temperatures are so warm. Picnics for week-end outings that are simple, fresh, and cool in temperature are inviting and refreshing! Chilled soups, fresh fruit, veggies and dips, cookies, and tea in many variations provide a delightful and simple way to satisfy hungry travel companions while seeing the countryside.

Here's a yummy recipe that's easy to carry in a Thermos for an afternoon tea picnic. Carrots, fresh from the garden, are so flavorful this time of year!

Chilled Carrot Ginger Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil
small pinch of salt
1 pound carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, peeled, shopped
1-1/2 teaspoons ginger, grated
5 cups chicken-style broth
zest of half a lime
juice of one lime

Heat olive oil in soup kettle. Add onions, carrots, celery, and salt. Saute until soft. Add grated ginger and good for a minute more. Add chicken-style broth and cook for 5 - 10 minutes at a gentle simmer. Cool slightly and then use blender to puree the soup. Add lime zest and juice. Chill and serve. Garnish with mint leaves, grated carrots, or a circle of lime.

Photos:  Summer hanging baskets and Snoqualmie Falls.


  1. It must be so pretty when served. I don't know if I can bend my head around this one...I'd want it to be sweet. Is it sweet?

  2. Sounds refreshing and delicious. Have a great weekend!


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