700g ripe tomatoes
10cm piece of cucumber peeled and chopped
3 spring onions peeled and chopped
2 slices stale white bread chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
half a large red pepper chopped
about 12 fresh basil leaves chopped
4 tbsp olive oil
1.5 tbsp white wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
chopped red pepper
chopped spring onions
salt and freshly ground pepper
Croutons (see recipe above)
Place tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling water. After a couple of minutes the skins should loosen. Remove from the water and peel. Scoop out the seeds and chop the flesh
Place tomatoes, cucumber, onions, garlic and red pepper in a liquidiser and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper, herbs and vinegar and chopped bread, then blitz again.
Pour into a bowl and add a little cold water if too thick.
Serve with finely chopped garnish, a couple of ice cubes in each portion and a drizzle of olive oil. This is also nice with homemade croutons on the side.