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Watermelon Gazpacho – Summer Cold Soup Recipe



  • 1 kg tomatoes
  • 1 kg watermelon
  • 1 cucumber peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 red pepper
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 100 g shelled pistachios
  • 1 small red onion

Preparation method:

  1. Cut the tomatoes into large cubes.
  2. Peel the cucumber and cut into cubes.
  3. Deseed the watermelon and cut into pieces.
    Keep a few wedges with their rinds on for garnishing.
  4. Slice the red pepper.
  5. Add the cubed tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, watermelon, garlic and the juice of a half lime to a bowl.
  6. With a hand blender turn all into a smooth paste, season with salt and freshly ground pepper according to your taste.

  7. Refrigerate it for a few hours before serving.
  8. Serve the soup chilled into smaller bowls, sprinkle on top some pistachios and _slices_ of red onions.
  9. Stick a wedge of watermelon and a slice of lemon in the edge of the bowls.

Šaltibarščiai – Lithuanian Pink Cold Beet Soup Recipe

Šaltibarščiai is one of the defining Lithuanian dishes, but also for the neighbouring Latvians who call it Aukstā zupa.
It means literally cold borscht, made with kefir, if you cannot find kefir you can replace it with buttermilk.
As most Lithuanian dishes, this too is accompanied by potatoes.
First I ate it when Latvian guests prepared this delicacy for an evening with friends.
The second time I have tasted when travelling in the Baltic countries last year, in Klaipeda, yumminess in a saucer, great for hot summer days.
Last days I had some guests, of which Indre, Lithuanian girl from Vilnius. Both with her and her boyfriend, Markus, we had a great time and from one thing to another, we ended up preparing this amazing cold soup, under her supervision 😀.
Below is her recipe:

Ingredients ( 6 servings):

  • 500 g potatoes
  • 500 g beetroots
  • 2 l kefir
  • 1 bunch of green onions (about 5)
  • 1 bunch of parsley leaves
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 3-4 large cucumbers
  • 6 eggs
  • salt to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Boil the potatoes with skins on. After they are boiled skin them and cut each of them in 4.
  2. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise, then each one again twice lengthwise. Cut all of these quartered cucumbers in 2 mm slices.
  3. Chop the parsley leaves and dill.
  4. Cut the green parts of green onions into 1 cm pieces.
  5. Pour the kefir in a large pot to hold all ingredients.
  6. Grate the beetroots directly into the kefir pot, stir from time to time to check if you reached the desired pinkish colour.
  7. Boil the eggs hard.
  8. Add the chopped greens – dill, parsley, cucumbers and green onions, and stir them gently into the soup. Add salt to taste.
  9. Add the soup to the fridge to cool down for at least half an hour.
  10. Serve the soup in bowls, on top cut the hard-boiled eggs into smaller pieces and sprinkle some extra chopped green leaves.
    On a separate small plate beside serve some of the boiled potatoes.

Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps Recipe

Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 kg fresh shiitake mushrooms
    fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried red chilli flakes
  • 250 g fresh or frozen shrimps
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Fresh green onion

Preparation method

  1. Slice the mushrooms into 2-3 pieces.
    Slice the mushrooms
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat until very hot.
  3. Chop the garlic, slice the green onion.Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps
  4. Add the mushrooms, chopped garlic, chilli flakes and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Fry, stirring occasionally, until they get a bit smokey and well browned, about 4 minutes. Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried ShrimpsTransfer them to a plate and set aside.
  6. Add another spoon of olive oil to the pan and add the shrimps.
  7. Fry them, turning once for around 2-3 minutes. Squeeze about a tablespoon of lemon juice over.
    Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps
  8. Serve the smokey mushrooms mixed with shrimps. Garnish with chopped spring onion.