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Cold Blueberry Lemon Basil Soup

Cold Blueberry Lemon Basil Soup
August 15, 2010 Update: This post was featured on FoodBuzz Top 9 today

Living in the blueberry country is a bless. In summer, you can go for blueberry picking at the farms or you will find ample blueberries with cheap price at the grocery stores.

I never had any fresh blueberry until I moved to Canada in 2005. I came in summer, in blueberry season. Suddenly, I felt in love with the colour and taste, not to mention all the goodness for our health. Blueberry is in my top 5 favourite fruits.

I have planted also some tropical herbs in my balcony that I can’t get from the market such as lemon basil (Indonesian: kemangi). In Winnipeg, Asian stores only have stocks of Thai basil and sweet basil. Since my lemon basil plant growing so fast, I often take the leaves for my salad or drink.

Don’t get bored of my posts if I keep popping out with lemon basil recipes. As my previous post was Indonesian specialty, Nasi Goreng which I recreated by adding green chilies, lemon basil and green tomato.

This recipe is submitted for 2010 BLOGGER RECIPE CONTEST.


Cold Blueberry Lemon Basil Soup 

(4-5 servings)
recipe by me

Ingredients:
4 cups (550 g) fresh blueberries
1 cup lemon basil tea (see below how to make lemon basil tea)
15 leaves of lemon basil
3 tbsp honey (use 1-2 tbsp agave nectar if you are a vegan)
2 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp lemon zest
1/8 tsp vanilla powder
1/8 tsp allspice powder
4 tbsp plain yogurt (omit this if you are a vegan)

Lemon Basil Tea:
18 leaves of lemon basil
1 1/2 cup water

Directions:
How to make lemon basil tea:
Prepare lemon basil by rinsing it gently. Shake off excess water. Pat it dry between paper towels.

Heat water to near boiling and add the basil leaves and stems. Let the basil steep for five minutes; less if you prefer a gentler tea. Filter or spoon out the basil.

How to make Cold Blueberry Lemon Basil Soup:
1.  In a blender or food processor, combine blueberries, lemon basil tea, lemon basils, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla powder, allspice powder; strain through a fine sieve.

2.  Chill mixture. Serve soup in chilled dessert bowls, with a swirl or dollop of yogurt.

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40 thoughts on “Cold Blueberry Lemon Basil Soup”

  1. Very intersting recipe, love it! I usually eat cold soups from beets and yogurt or made of plums… but yours sound sooo much better, must try it 🙂

  2. Cook with Madin

    Hi, these looks great. I am jealous about your plants, because I cannot plant anything, plants dies on me, probably the black thumb.Thank you for your comment about my last post the Gado Gado salad, somehow the comment is not appearing on my post. Anyway, I would love to have your Gado Gado recipe I'm sure it's real deal.

  3. Very intersting recipe, love it! I usually eat cold soups from beets and yogurt or made of plums… but yours sound sooo much better, must try it 🙂

  4. Cook with Madin

    Hi, these looks great. I am jealous about your plants, because I cannot plant anything, plants dies on me, probably the black thumb.
    Thank you for your comment about my last post the Gado Gado salad, somehow the comment is not appearing on my post. Anyway, I would love to have your Gado Gado recipe I'm sure it's real deal.

  5. Cold soup? Perfect for summer. Blueberry – so summer too! Lemon basil – refreshing for summer. Everything is so summery!

  6. Cold soup? Perfect for summer. Blueberry – so summer too! Lemon basil – refreshing for summer. Everything is so summery!

  7. Glad to find this blog, another Indonesian mom who live outside Indonesia. Salam kenal mbak Pepy..! Saya tinggal di Tacoma, Washington State, UShttp://my-nusadua.blogspot.com/

  8. Loving the colors… I miss blueberries! It's hard to find them here in the tropics and even if we do, we have to pay through the nose. I have lots of lemon basil in my garden, though!

  9. Jenn from Much to My

    That looks fantastic! I've never had blueberry or any fruit soup, and I'd definitely give this one a try since I have 5 pints of blueberries I've been looking to use up. Thanks!

  10. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    Loving the colors… I miss blueberries! It's hard to find them here in the tropics and even if we do, we have to pay through the nose. I have lots of lemon basil in my garden, though!

  11. Jenn from Much to My Delight

    That looks fantastic! I've never had blueberry or any fruit soup, and I'd definitely give this one a try since I have 5 pints of blueberries I've been looking to use up. Thanks!

  12. Lovely photo! We eat blueberries by the pint just as they are when they are in season. Blueberries in anything, how can you go wrong!?

  13. Lovely photo! We eat blueberries by the pint just as they are when they are in season. Blueberries in anything, how can you go wrong!?

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