Back in June we celebrated the arrival of the giant, summer, Turkish tomatoes and posted a recipe for tomato salad. Well, we're just about surviving the Fethiye July heat and mentally preparing ourselves for a predicted temperature rise over the coming weekend.
Enter the tomato. Such a versatile, seasonal food that is the main ingredient in so many Turkish dishes (spicy Antep Ezmesi is a dish that immediately comes to mind) and today, with the temperature increase in our thoughts, we're thinking cold tomato dishes once more. It's not a Turkish recipe but it's perfect for the Turkish summer heat.
A garnish of fresh mint leaves on the tomato soupA Recipe For Refreshingly Cold Tomato Soup
Does a cold, tomato soup automatically become a gazpacho? Whatever you choose to call it, it's a perfect recipe for long, lazy days in the sun and it's easy. If you have a food mixer, you can just throw everything into your food mixer. We use a hand blender so all our ingredients just go into a large pan, ready to be blended.
- Take a handful of stale breadcrumbs and pour a little water over them. Leave for around 20 minutes and then drain off any excess water.
- Roughly chop 2 of the huge, summer, Turkish tomatoes (about 1 kilo) and add to your food mixer, along with the bread crumbs.
- Roughly chop a cucumber and as many chillies as you can handle and add to your mixture.
- Deseed and chop a couple of peppers and add those. (If you want to change the flavour slightly, you could roast and peel your peppers first.)
- Now add a clove of garlic, a dash of vinegar and a good few glugs of olive oil.
- Blend the soup to a smooth consistency and chill in the fridge for a few hours.
A serving of refreshing cold tomato soup
When you're ready to serve the soup, garnish with a drizzle of oil and fresh seasonal mint. A quick scan of gazpacho recipes across the internet will show a variety of ideas for different garnishes but we prefer to keep it simple. Some people add ice to their soup but, for us, although it's tempting at this time of year, it takes away from the sweet tomato flavour so we leave it out.