As a good Bulgarian I eat tomatoes all summer long, and my husband makes fun of me for never getting tired of the Bulgarian tomato salad (with a twist). This recipe mixes two of the favorite things that Bulgarians combines with feta cheese – tomatoes and watermelon.
Butternut squash soup
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the butternut squash in aluminum foil and place directly on the rack in the oven. Roast for about 1-1.5 hrs. After 1 hr start checking for doneness by stabbing a fork into the squash. When it goes in really easily – then the squash is done. Take out of the oven, and let cool.
Tarator – chilled yoghurt and cucumber soup
Since I am in Bulgaria right now, there is hardly a better tribute to Bulgarian summer than the tarator (таратор). When I was a kid it was a fixture of our summer menu – for lunch and dinner. Incredibly simple and fast to prepare – it can bright up the summer menu.
Chilled English peas soup
English peas are one of my favorite spring ingredients, and this recipe is another re-incarnation of the English peas puree with mint. If you simply thin the puree with some liquid – voila! you have got a soup.
This soup is great comfort dish for cold winter days – especially given that your choices of fresh produce a limited. It is very quick and easy to make, and you can store it in the fridge for a few days, or freeze it.