Thai food is the 2nd best thing in life...well...besides my cat Piggy...

...and I guess my boyfriend too. But the point is, Thai recipes (which I find to be the hardest to recreate) are so freaking amazinggggg, and addicting.
I found a sweet little coconut based soup from FOOD&WINE (August 2010) that had my mouth watering halfway through the recipe list.
This afternoon I got some free time to test out the recipe, and do a pretty little set up.

Spicy Avocado Cucumber Soup

2 - 12 oz cucumbers - peeled, seeded, & chopped
2 - Haas avocados, chopped
2 tsp Thai green curry paste
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp grated lime zest
1 serrano chili *I put in two* - seeded & chopped
1 - 13oz can unsweetened coconut milk
3 T lime juice
1/2 cup coconut flakes
cilantro sprigs

1. In a food processor, puree the cucumbers until smooth. Add the avocados, curry paste, sugar, lime zest & chile. Process until blended. Add 1 - 3 cups of water (depending how "soupy" you want your soup. I only added 1 cup so it would be creamier), coconut milk, lime juice and process until smooth. Transfer the soup to large bowl and season with salt. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, toast the coconut flakes in a pan over low hear, stirring, until lightly browned and crisp. This takes about 3 minutes. 
3. Ladle soup into small bowls or cups, garnish with coconut flakes, cilantro sprigs and serve.
Servings: About 6-10

I think the soup has a really unique flavor, and the idea of it being served chilled makes it a great late afternoon snack when the August heat just doesn't want to give up.
Also- toasted coconut flakes are now my new favorite snack.

I found this super easy to make, and lessened my fear of cooking Thai for myself.
Are there any cuisines that you just love but have the hardest time recreating in your kitchen?

I'm off to enjoy the weekend! And pack a lot of boxes................



the southern hostess said...

Yum. That sounds fantastic.

liza said...

Coconut and Avocados...What a delectable marriage! Can't wait to try it.

Brigitte said...

MMM this is so good. I just made it so that I could tie over my hunger for dinner later tonight. I didn't add any water, used a half a jalapeno, and no garnish. Super healthy and delicious.