Gazpacho with all the Trimmings

Gazpacho with all the Trimmings

Serve this lovely soup thoroughly chilled and be sure to make it with the freshest, ripest ingredients possible.

Peel the garlic. Tear the bread into pieces. Place both in the bowl of a food processor and blitz to make fine breadcrumbs. Meanwhile, peel the cucumber. Halve it horizontally and use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds. Chop half of it roughly. Trim and split the chilli. Scrape out the seeds. Set aside half one red pepper and chop the rest, discarding seeds and white filament. Peel and halve the onion. Coarsely chop one half and add to the breadcrumbs together with the chopped cucumber, chilli and chopped red pepper.

Remove the stalks from the 1 kg tomatoes. Roughly chop regular tomatoes, leave cherry tomatoes whole. Add the tomatoes to the food processor bowl together with the vinegar, 300ml ice cold water, most of the mint, the 100ml olive oil and half tsp salt and a generous seasoning of black pepper. Blitz for several minutes until liquidized (you may need to do this in two batches).

Meanwhile prepare the garnishes. Keeping separate piles, finely dice the remaining cucumber and red pepper and finely chop the remaining red onion. Quarter the plum or vine tomatoes, discard the seeds and finely chop. Taste the gazpacho and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, lemon juice and Tabasco. If you think the soup needs it - it makes it very creamy - whisk in the extra olive oil. Transfer to a serving bowl and chill until required, at least 4 hours.

Serves 6-8

Prep: 30 mins, plus at least 4 hours

preferably 24 chilling



3 large new season garlic cloves

150g day-old white bread, preferably country-style

1 cucumber

1 red chilli

2 red peppers, preferably the pointed 'extra sweet' type

1 small red onion or shallot

1 kg tomatoes, including a proportion of Jersey Jewel

or other full flavoured cherry tomatoes

2 tbsp sherry or wine vinegar

about 20 small mint leaves

100ml extra virgin olive oil plus 2 tbsp extra

3 plum or vine tomatoes

1 lemon