I have just finished the most wonderful course called picture summer from Tracey Clark. We had to photograph toes the other day and my son Harry let me photograph his, I'm not a great fan of feet generally so I added some flowers to his as they were typical male toes. He was very obliging and for being my muse I had to make him french toast.
because it's summer and such lovely weather I keep thinking about making gazpacho soup, such a delicious soup to have cold on a summer evening.
600g ripe tomatoes, skinned
1 red and 1 green pepper, seeded
1 small onion
half a garlic clove peeled
half a cucumber peeled
1 slice fresh bread, crusts removed, made into breadcrumbs
1.5 teaspoons red wine vinegar
75ml chicken stock
60ml olive oil
a few fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste.
Roughly chop the tomatoes, peppers, online, garlic and cucumber. Mix together with the crumbs in a large bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients into the vegetables and breadcrumbs in the bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Leave to marinate for 12 hours in the fridge.
After the ingredients have marinated, liquidise in batches to a fine puree, then push through a sieve or a food mill into serving bowls. Taste for seasoning then chill.
To garnish, dice a little tomato, pepper and cucumber. Make some croutons by cubing some bread, dousing generously in olive oil and baking in a hot oven (200g/gas 6) until golden. Sprinkle all over the soup, or simply sprinkle with strips of fresh basil.
I started the online course picture summer with Tracey Clark yesterday so am hoping to get lots of inspiration. Day one was photographing our thoughts on what summer meant to us, I always think of roses in summer as there is nothing more lovely than a posy of roses picked from the garden.