Allotment Veg and Clean Summer Soups
I’ve been eating falafels and hummus for my lunches while it’s been so hot. But like any meal, no matter how much you love it, if you eat the same thing every single day for two weeks you going to get bored of it! So, over the last few weeks I’ve made several batches of summer soups to take into the office for lunch.
Summer vegetables are simply beautiful at this time of year. Asparagus is one of my all-time favourites, and although the asparagus season has peaked, you can still find plenty of excellent quality spears in the supermarkets. I really wanted to make a chilled, raw soup to suit the hot weather we’ve been having. In the end, I did gently sauté the asparagus spears in garlic for a few minutes to soften them up, but then I blended them with raw, ripe vine tomatoes and raw garlic. You don’t need to add any additional liquid because the tomatoes have plenty of water in them. I also added a ripe avocado to the blender, which just blends into the background, giving the soup a lovely creaminess (and an extra boost of healthy fats).
And what a soup it made, POW!! This Chilled Avocado, Tomato & Asparagus Gazpacho has a serious kick to it, if you don’t like garlic then you might want to leave the raw clove out at the end. Also, although I love this soup, it’s not very ‘office-friendly’. I ate mine on a bench outside, overlooking the fields that surround my office, and spent the rest of the day worrying about garlic breath. I stand by the recipe because it’s so delicious, and full of vitality, raw health and micronutrients – just don’t say I didn’t warn you!
My second soup was the result of a present from one of our gorgeous family friends, who dropped off a bag full of courgettes and marrows from her allotment (thank you Jane!). These courgettes are a thing of beauty and I was delighted with them as a gift (I’m a cheap date). This morning I made a beautiful Creamy Ginger and Courgette Soup. It was so quick and easy, and the fresh courgette flavour is lifted perfectly by the undertones of fresh ginger.
This soup is much subtler that the raw gazpacho and gives you a gentle kiss rather than a punch in the face. Courgettes are full of gut-friendly soluble fibre and water, so they are excellent for anyone with digestive blockages.
And finally, thank you to everyone who has been contacting me with messages of support and asking after Dad. We have had a better few weeks, and have managed to stay out of the acute oncology ward. And although we have tough times ahead, your love and kindness has meant the world to me.