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On Saturday my buddy and I did a pig roast for his mom for about 70 guests. I had decided to smoke some "atomic buffalo turds" which are just jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon. They were well received. However, I also brought along a fairly large batch of broccoli watercress soup which was served cold. I put the soup in small plastic cups along with a bit of sour cream and garnished with chives.

 

Not many people seemed interested in the cold soup, and my brother was there so I asked him to try it. He did, but his initial reaction was that he didn't really like it. He had never had cold soup before and he couldn't really explain what it was he didn't like. So I started really questioning what it was about this, since I thought this was a great thing to serve on a fairly hot evening. Later on I was mentioning it to my buddies mom, and her sister in law actually said "well.. it's not really a man's food". That has been rolling around in my head and now I'm getting self conscious that if I stray from bacon and cheese or burnt chicken that some how my masculinity is at risk. Do other males here ever get that reaction? It's bothered me a lot, when people smirk and say things like "You'll make someone a great wife one day!". I know that's pretty ridiculous and probably a result of other people being shallow but it still bothers me.

 

I don't think I'll ever serve a cold soup again. Maybe it's because in most restaurants you won't find them, I suppose it's a bit of a gourmet food and maybe that's what she meant by not being a man's food. Anyway this is a bit of a rant but I'd be interested in your opinions.

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Cold soup is not a man's food?

Rubbish!!

 

Let's see:

 

Vichyssoise

Strawberry

Beet

Watercress

Cucumber

 

All cold....all wonderful.

 

I simply think that most people have not been exposed to cold soup before.

I know where I work, the first time I served a cold soup, it came back to me with one spoon missing only.

Now the bowls come back empty.

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Originally Posted by Chefross View Post
 

I know where I work, the first time I served a cold soup, it came back to me with one spoon missing only.

Now the bowls come back empty.

 

What do you think made the difference?

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What do you think made the difference?

I think it was just a matter of getting over the phobia that soups must be hot to be good.

post #5 of 10

Was it green?  Did it remind someone of wheatgrass?  

 

You have to know your crowd.  I cook for greek people at holidays.  Greek people are extremely closed minded when it comes to food.  They scoff at anything that is not greek.  Forget about using certain spices and flavors.  I have tried to introduce things out of their comfort zone and they go untouched completely!  I tend to have to stick to the basics, lamb, potatoes, greek salad, etc.  

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post #6 of 10
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It was green.. I wish I had a shot of the individual cups (I thought they looked appealing) but this is it in a bowl on the one serving I made before freezing it. I made pumpernickel croutons for it which worked well

 

 

I think you are right.. and @Chefross helped a lot in describing that people simply aren't used to it. You know what.. I don't feel that bad now. I told my buddy I bet if I cooked some hamburger helper and smothered it over Doritos that crowd would have inhaled it. He agreed. :confused:

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I have found that most men not all will not order cold soups ,  Quiche , or Crepes. They seem to think these items are not for men..????

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post #8 of 10
Next till try gespacho shots with a hint of vodka. Just mentioning the vodka sells it almost every time.

Boy I do love a nice chilled soup. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Lagom View Post

Next till try gespacho shots with a hint of vodka. Just mentioning the vodka sells it almost every time.
 

 

So true. A few years back, I was one of the participating restaurants at a scholarship fund raiser in conjunction with the state wine tasting competition with several thousands in attendance and one of my offerings was a shooter of chilled  tomatillo tequila soup. Had no problem getting manly masculine men to partake of it.

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I have found that most men not all will not order cold soups ,  Quiche , or Crepes. They seem to think these items are not for men..????

 

Sad but true, the funny thing is that I remember a meal I had back in the early seventies that was gazpacho and quiche. I was not familiar with either one up to that point, but both dishes blew me away and sparked my interest in the culinary arts. Too funny :chef: 

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