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Cold gaspacho of melon, cucumber and mint – as fresh as a kiss!

A sweet and savoury soup as cool and healthy as a salty kiss, the kind you get when you are flirting in the waves! Try it!

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Ingredients list:

  • Honeydew melon, 1 small
  • Cucumber, seeded, 1/2
  • Grape, one small bunch  (if the melon is not sweet enough)
  • Yogurt, 150g
  • Chopped sweet shallots, 2  small ones
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice, 1 lemon
  • Olive oil, 50 ml
  • Mint, small bunch plus sprigs to decorate

    A peek at the mix!

    A peek at the mix!

Scoop out the melon’s flesh, peel the cucumber and take the seeds out.

Peel the garlic and took out the inner shoot if green.

Chop and mix all of the above ingredients then blitz into a blender (or Thermomix). Add the chopped mint and blitz again. Keep a few sprigs aside.

Reserve and chill until ready to eat.

Decorate with fresh  mint and a little stick with fruit on it. Add a few ice cubes when serving.

Freshly made

Freshly made

We had this in a little “chiringuito” in El Palmar, not far from the Roche beach that I have pictured above. I fell in love with the sweetness and coolness of this perfect summer combination. Soups are a great summer dish – a welcome alternative to the salads… The beauty of cold soup is that they are choking-full of watery fruit and veg and therefore so hydrating and refreshing in the heat. Plus the extra shot of vitamins will leave you radiant when returning from the beach.

This is the second in my series of Spanish themed soups for summer goodness. Hope you are loving them as much as I do! Third one soon on it’s way and it is the famous and mysterious “Ajo Blanco”…

 

A Moscow mule to take you to Christmas!

I know ! A donkey would have been more appropriate… but I am not offering you a ride, rather the recipe for my new favourite drink. Which I discovered – of all places!- at my youngest son PTA party. For the un-initiated and the non-British, PTA stands for Parents and Teachers’ Association. But unlike the parents-teachers evenings of my childhood,  it consists of quite a bit of alcool as well as some very nice homemade food ! The trick is not to get too tipsy before you get to see the Physics teacher so your (/my) lack of empathy for his subject is not too blindingly obvious… Excessive enthusiasm won’t do either… He won’t be fooled!

In any case, the Moscow Mule did seem to loosen up

T'is the season of mince pies!

everybody and if it can make a PTA meeting a scream, then it’s got to work everywhere! I loved it and made it at home the next day.

Ingredients list:

  • Two measures of Vodka
  • 3 drops of Angostura Bitter
  • One measure of lime juice (about 3 or 4 squeezed)
  • lots of crushed ice
  • Enough Old Jamaica ginger beer to top up a tall glass


Mix it all in, top up with the ginger beer and decorate with wedges of lime and some fresh mint.

Enjoy!