We have a glut of courgettes and I was planning to cook some for lunch, finely chopped in olive oil with garlic and then mixed with pasta, lemon juice and some chilli but then someone suggested gazpacho, so we had that instead.

The 50p corner at the veg shop had a couple of kilo bags of soft tomatoes. I bought those and a couple of peppers and half a cucumber and I was done. I had everything else I needed at home.

Of course one of the beauties of making gazpacho is that there is no cooking involved.

I have a memory of Keith Floyd making some on the beach in Torremolinos in his series about food in Spain. For years I thought that he had made it by putting all the ingredients into a black plastic bin and then using a small outboard motor to liquidize it. Whilst that is an attractive though I have managed to track the clip down on YouTube and there were no outboard motors involved.

I made mine in a Magimix, pulsing tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onions and garlic and rubbing it all through a sieve with the back of a spoon. I seasoned it with olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, pepper, a shake of Tabasco and a small handful of mint leaves.

I put the bowl in the frezzer for half an hour before we sat down to eat. 

We ate it outside scattering croutons into the soup.

It has not been as hot today but there is a closeness and stickiness in the air.

We have been listening to Miracle Legion.

Tonight we will have the first of the potatoes from the garden. We will have to make the most of them. There aren’t very many!


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