If you’ve been following me for a little while you’ll know I love soups – I even share my favourite winter ones in this post. I find soups filling and nourishing, especially in the winter time. However, in the summer and especially in the current mini heat wave that we are having here in the UK, a hot soup could end up being torture unless you are looking a sweat to get rid of toxins or God knows what. Looking for fresh, lighter dishes but still nourishing and tasty I want to share with you today 2 excellent cold soups. You could enjoy them as a main course, a starter or even as a little nibble during an aperitif.
So without further ado:
The cucumber, yoghurt and fresh mint soup
I was first introduced to this soup by my mum a few summer ago. Mum is always looking at new recipes and is constantly reinventing her cooking style. This recipe was a great find in a French magazine.
60g of Special K cereals
4 white yogurts or one pot of 500g
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 table soup of olive oil
salt and pepper
Preparation time: 10minutes only (I made one this morning and I can confirm this will not take you a minute more!!!)
Peal the cumcumber and slice into 2 in its lenght. Remove all the little seeds and slice then in cubes
Mix the cucumber cubes with a few fresh mint leaves (keep a few for the decoration at the end). Add the yogurts and the olive oil. Season well and mix it all for about 1 minute.
Pour the soup into 4 small bowls and add the cereals on top (for extra texture and crunch!!). Add a few fresh mint leaves and serve straight away. Voila:-)
I sometimes like to serve this soup in small glasses called ‘verrines’ (as shown below) perfect for a smarter type of nibble during drinks. I love this model of verrines (which are pretty AND reasonable) as they are bit larger than the ones I used and make it easier to pour any kind of food inside.
The express Gaspacho (Gazpacho)
In my family, every Spanish has always had a special status. The gazpacho is THE cold soup par excellence that we all love in the summer. This recipe is the ‘express’ version (15min of preparation time) and you will love it.
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (or the equivalent in fresh tomatoes)
0.5 a green pepper (I used an orange one!)
1 shallot or one small onion cut into 2
1 garlic clove
2 table spoons of olive oil
0.5 tea spoon of balsamic vinegar
a little bit of cayenne pepper
0.5 tea spoon of sugar
15 cl of water
- Put all the ingredients roughly chopped into a food processor
- Start the food processor slowly and incresase the speed little by little. If you are in a hurry, put the mixurte into the freezer for 30mn. Sinon, le plus longtemps possible au réfrigérateur.
- Add ice cubs when about the serve
This recipe was found on the trusted Marmiton website which is a great portal for all French speaking amateur cooks out there. It has so many recipes, you should go and check it out, especially if you are after some French cooking recipes or just if you are looking for some inspiration.
Let me know if you try out those recipes and if you enjoy them.