Gael Greene’s Morning After Orange fruit soup – an interesting combination of frozen orange juice concentrate, quick cooking tapioca, and sugar, combined with fresh fruit – makes for a refreshing and delicious way to begin the day.
We enjoyed this orange fruit soup for breakfast this morning and look forward to having it again. It’s a perfect light and healthy breakfast option here in Phoenix, where the temperatures are sky high a good part of the year.
I have #46 on Gourmet’s List of 50 Women Game Changers in Food, American restaurant critic, author and novelist, Gael Greene to thank for this unusual recipe. I’m quite sure I never would have discovered it, it it weren’t for my participation with a group of food bloggers, led by Mary from One Perfect Bite, who have been cooking their way through the Gourmet list since last spring.
Who is Gael Greene you ask? (I had no idea and had to look her up. Do you ever wonder how you survived before Google and Wikipedia? I do.)
It turns out that Gael Greene was the Insatiable Critic for New York magazine for 40 years, where she helped change the way New Yorkers think about food. She became the magazine’s restaurant critic in the fall of 1968, when most New Yorkers were unsophisticated about food and celebrity chefs were virtually nonexistent. According to Wikipedia, “She was a passionate early “foodie” before that word was used. Indeed, the American edition of The Foodie Handbook credited her with first using the word.”
You can read some of her fun reviews here on her blog: Insatiable-Critic.
Greene is also the author of two best selling novels and a memoir: Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess.
In 1981 she co-founded Citymeals-on-Wheels, along with teacher and food writer James Beard, to help fund weekend and holiday meals for homebound elderly people in New York City. She remains an active chair of the company’s board, hosting an annual Power Lunch for Women.
Gael explains in the headnote for this recipe on her website, “I don’t remember where I got the recipe for this refreshing and delicious fruit soup – always a waker-upper at my brunches for friends. If I stole it from you, please forgive me.”
I made the orange juice and tapioca mixture before bed last night and then popped it into the fridge. This morning, when I went to stir in the fruit, I thought it seemed a little too gelatinous and stirred in about 1/2 cup orange juice to loosen it up.
Each serving has about 137 calories and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus. Enjoy!