Lithuanian Cold Soup (Chłodnik)
“Chłodnik litewski” (in direct translation from Polish - “Lithuanian cold soup”), is a soup traditionally eaten cold and which is always served in Poland in summertime. It is made from young beets, their leaves and stalks, sour milk (buttermilk or kefir), freshly chopped herbs and some raw chopped vegetables. This absolutely tasty and vivid pink cold soup, in its today’s "luxury" version served with crayfish tails and quails’ eggs, is not less original and tasty than internationally known cold soups, for example Spanish Gazpacho. It is totally refreshing; slightly acid and having an extremely pink color. In summertime, in Poland, one can taste its more rustic version everywhere, meaning in every canteen, cheap and fast restaurants and other more sophisticated places as well. It is a huge, huge pity, that the soup is not known anywhere else in the world. Well, why is this soup called “Lithuanian”? Probably because it came ages ago from Lithuania.