Chilled Lettuce Soup
Category: Soups & Salads | Blog URL: http://blog.easygourmetdinners.com/2009/07/chilled-lettuce-soup-bad-market-economics.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Katie Lerum Zeller
When we lived in Andorra a friend of mine had a long-standing, continuous argument with the green grocer near her apartment.
The produce was never fresh.
There was a lovely market just across the border in Spain twice a week. It was only about 10 miles from the border, but with the hordes of shoppers in and out of Andorra most days, it could be a horrendous trip. The little grocer was just down the street.
The problem was clear to her and anyone familiar with Economics, 101. She just couldn't convince the owners.
It was this: the lettuce, fruits and vegetables that were on the sidewalk for sale were old, wrinkly, gone off, wilted. In the back there was new, lovely, fresh, crisp produce. She could see it. She just couldn't get to it.
The owner wouldn't move the good stuff up front for sale until the old stuff sold. But the old stuff never sold because it was, well, old and awful.
Eventually, it rotted and got thrown out.
Now the stuff in back could be moved up but by this time it was old, wrinkly, over-ripe, wilted. When it was moved up new fresh produce replaced it in back, waiting it's turn to wilt and be moved up front for non-sale.
Obviously they sold enough of the old veg to keep their shop open. We assumed it was bought by the old, black-garbed widows, to make soup. We know it wasn't sold to the young, health conscious vegetarians for salads!
Soup, like any, other food, can benefit from fresh vegetables, but it has long been a dumping ground, a 'just before the compost pile' place to put the last odd bits lurking in the fridge or root cellar.
It's also a great place to put the less than perfect trimmings.
One puts other greens in soup...
And when your garden starts producing too much lettuce and you start tiring of the daily salad....
Nutrition information for: entire recipe / per serving
Calories: 280 / 140
Carbohydrates: 29 / 14.5
Fiber: 5 / 2.5
Fat: 13.7 / 6.9
Saturated: 2.9 / 1.48
Cholesterol: 22.9 / 11.45
Calcium: 126 / 63
Protein: 12 / 6
Sodium: 782 / 391
Glycemic Index: Low
I try to be accurate, but I do not guarentee it. I use 'grams' as the unit of weight; with an approximate conversion to ounces.