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Hot weather – time for cold soups.

In case you don't know what it is, gazpacho is cold vegetable soup. It isn't soup which has been heated then allowed to get cold. It is made of raw ingredients and simply cooled down.

You can make all sorts of gazpacho. Look it up on the Internet. All you need is some kind of blender.

Gazpacho typically takes about 10 or 15 minutes to prepare – and then probably about four hours in the fridge to get it really cold. Serve it with ice cubes if you want.

Most gazpacho have at their base have a cucumber – or maybe two.

Red gazpacho – cucumber a tin of tomatoes, a red pepper, three or four cloves of garlic, an eschalot or small red onion. Olive oil, dash of vinegar, dash of soy sauce Lots of coriander. Salt, pepper, – figure it out.

Green gazpacho – cucumber, whole celery, baby spinach leaves, frozen peas, three or four cloves of garlic, a green pepper, eschalot, olive oil, dash of vinegar, dash of soy sauce, salt, pepper – figure it out.

Roughly chop all the ingredients, put them in the blender with the oil, vinegar et cetera. Blitz!

Add a little bit of water to make it a more manageable consistency if you need to.

Put it into a bowl and into the fridge for at least four or five hours. Serve it up with hot croutons. Float ice cubes in it if you want.

 

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Really enjoy this cold soup at this time of year.

If you make your own, be careful how much salt you add. Often too much is added.

And if you buy ready made cartons of the soup in Supermarkets, this is often high in salt with warnings on the ingredients part.

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