( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Babiche Martens
A favourite right now is gazpacho, the tomato-based soup, which originates from Spain and can be served cold during summer and autumn. It's cool and refreshing, perfect for these hot Indian summer days.
- In a blender place the tomatoes, garlic, one and a half red peppers and the green pepper, half the red onion and cucumber. Blend until as smooth as you can get it.
- Pour through a coarse sieve into a large bowl. Discard bits in the sieve. Stir through olive oil and vinegar. Refrigerate until well chilled.
- Cut the rest of the red pepper, onion and cucumber in small dice, season and stir through basil.
- Serve gazpacho in bowls. Top with a spoon of diced vegetables and one large crouton or a few smaller ones on top.