Delicious cucumber bisque goes well with any party menu.
Another Monday and yes, back to crazy morning routine. Getting kids ready for school is always a challenge; my little guy is going to start his Preschool today. He is really excited to go to school, he misses school and seeing his sister go to school he also wants to go. He has already told me what he wants to eat in his school. On the contrary, my girl doesn’t want to eat anything. She is like that; don’t give me anything in my lunch box, I don’t want to eat. But she loves this Cucumber bisque/Cucumber soup. This soup is best served as chilled.
This cucumber bisque is adapted from Chef Kristin Sollenne’s new book “Domestic Chic,A Fashionably Fabulous Guide for Cooking & Entertaining” which I got a chance to review. As it is getting published on 4th of September, I was able to get chance to interview celebrity chef Kristin Sollenne, I like her attitude towards cooking that it should be fun and not stressful.
Zesty South Indian Kitchen is pleased to present Chef Kristin Sollenne, and given below is a brief interview with her.
Who inspired chefs of your generation, and what effect did they have on you personally?
For me, my inspiration has always stemmed from my family. Cooking and entertaining has always been about creating an “experience” for guests, which is how I developed the concept behind Domestic Chíc.
How do you describe your style of cooking? Simple, flavorful, seasonal and nutritious. My main philosophy is farm to-table with a focus on clean ingredients and keeping it simple. I think simple dishes speak a lot louder than over complicated ones. Simplicity actually enhances the flavors. I center most menu items on farm-fresh vegetables and herbs, lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy olive oil while limiting the amount of butter and cream.
Do you consider that tasty food can be healthy and nutritious, how you describe a good food? Absolutely! I get asked this question a lot! It’s all about the choices you make. You can still cook satisfying, great-tasting dishes on the lighter side when you use fresh in-season products. Or when I have a pasta craving, I’ll make pasta with whole wheat, or vegetable infused, like spinach spaghetti, so it’s not just all about heavy starches. Good food is all about the flavors you can create. A great tasting sauce, marinade or dressing can completely change a dish!
You have a new book coming out in September. Can you tell me more about it? Definitely! I’m so excited about the debut of Domestic Chíc. It truly embodies my food philosophy, and keeps it simple! Rather than the sometimes-overwhelming cookbook approach, I provide you with the ultimate go-to guide for cooking and entertaining by the seasons. With 16 pre-planned menus and over 100 recipes with innovative décor tips to coincide with holidays and celebrations during each season, this is your “one-stop-shop” to hosting a fashionably fabulous affair!
DOMESTIC CHÍC is not just another bland collection of recipes, like so many on the market, and it’s not just a how to guide on giving the best party. In it, I share family stories behind my favorite dishes. It is warm and welcoming, like a home cooked meal!
What is your absolute favorite meal? Is it something you make yourself, or someone else’s specialty? Nothing beats the tastes of home, and for me it’s my Dad’s Caesar Salad and my Mom’s Gnocchi. It’s such a simple, yet classic meal, but my absolute favorite when prepared by my parents! My dad uses an unfinished wooden bowl he’s had for 25+ years to make his dressing, which is in Domestic Chíc! I tell him time and time again he needs to bottle it! Maybe that will be my next project!
How would you like to be remembered? I was once asked what were the greatest words of wisdom I’ve received, and I said, my dad once told me “never wait for something great to happen or fall into your lap…if you want it, go get it.” I’ve been coined as a “Modern Day Martha Stewart”….those are some big shoes to fill, but I’m up for the challenge! I put so much passion into everything I do, which is why I’m ecstatic to launch my lifestyle company, CELLINI, which will premiere with a collection of kitchen couture designer aprons. I have an exclusive gift set debuting for the holiday season that’s the perfect gift! In it is one copy of Domestic Chíc, and a signature CELLINI apron. I want to be remembered as building an empire!
Here is my review about the Domestic Chic; the book has 4 chapters divided according to seasons, like winter wonderland, splendid spring, and summer sizzle and harvesting. Then again each chapter has dishes corresponding to events happening in those seasons, like New Year bash or for Valentine there is lover’s delight, for summer there is barbeque dishes etc. Each chapter has detailed menu which you can use to entertain the guest. I liked idea.
Also there list of all the produce of the seasons. Whether you are vegetarian or non vegetarian you will find the recipes; also there are bread recipes like panettone, Italian Easter bread. I am looking forward to trying, Lasagna Roll up, Meatless breakfast taco, Asparagus oreganata, Camembert gratin. I found that directions are explained in fewer words, and if you are not familiar you would need to guess the few steps while doing the recipe.
I tried Cucumber bisque from this book, it is delicious easy to make, actually it is a chilled cucumber soup. I added a green chili to make it spicy, also did not have dill weed, so used parsley and cilantro instead.
On the whole if you are looking for a book that gives entire menu for the party then buy this book. It is available in Amazon.
“I received a complimentary copy of book from Waldorf Publishing for this review” All the opinions are mine
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.