OK, so it might be a little early with chilled soups, however this version here by Gordon Ramsay is lovely! When I had it, I felt a little tinge of Summer sunshine - surely not a bad thing?
Whipped up in about 7 and a half minutes (not that I counted), you will have yourself a bowl of Summer in no time!
Avocado & Cucumber Gaspacho
(Serves 2 as a starter)
For the soup:
1 cucumber, chilled then peeled
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 ripe avocado
4 tbsp Greek yogurt (I used soy, making the dish vegan)
Splash of tabasco or hot chilli sauce (I used quite a bit to bring the heat through the mellow flavours)
Salt and black pepper
For the garnish:
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
5-6 baby plum tomatoes, finely chopped
A drizzle of olive oil
2 basil leaves, finely chopped
- Start by whizzing the soup ingredients until smooth.
- Now, chop up the ingredients for garnish and top the soups as you go along, ending with a slight drizzle of oil and the basil leaves.
I enjoyed this with some toasted slices of bread once, and another time just on its own!
What is your favourite chilled soup?
I hope everyone has a good weekend ahead whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day or not. I myself am going to an Estonian friend of mine for a clothes swap with a group of lovely people. In Estonia, they celebrate this day with friends more-so than with lovers, and I don't tend to be overly cheesy. It will be good fun having our own little swap-event, and hey! Maybe I will find some old-new-pretty things!
What are your plans?
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