Chilled Cucumber and Mint Soup

For a refreshing starter on a hot summer's day try Lotte Duncan's easy-to-make chilled cucumber soup
By Lotte Duncan
Chilled Cucumber and Mint Soup
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus salting and chilling
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

main

  • 1 large cucumber
  • black pepper
  • 425 ml chilled vegetable or chicken stock
  • 275 ml natural yogurt
  • 150 ml single cream
  • juice of 1/2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • very large handful of fresh mint, finely chopped

To garnish:

  • 225 g sweet cherries, stoned and roughly chopped
  • pink rose petals

Method

1. Peel and dice the cucumber, salt lightly and leave on a plate for half an hour. Then rinse thoroughly and drain.

2. Mix the stock, natural yogurt and cream together. Add the garlic and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Stir in the cream, the lemon juice and cucumber, then chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

4. Just before serving toss in 4 ice cubes and the mint.

5. Ladle into soup bowls, garnish with the chopped cherries and some pink rose petals and serve at once.

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