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Late summer cucumber soup

Serve this hot if the weather is less than summery or, on a hot day, it is equally good served very cold in chilled soup bowls.


Serves 4

This recipe is taken from The Telegraph Weekend magazine and is part of a series Delia is contributing.

Late summer cucumber soup
Ingredients
 400g cucumber
 4-5 good-size spring onions
 1 medium potato (100g), peeled
 1 round or cos lettuce
 1 heaped tsp butter
 850ml vegetable stock
 sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
To serve:
 1 tbsp double cream or crème fraîche
 a few snipped chives

Method

To prepare for this, chop the cucumber into chunks (thankfully no need to peel) and the same with the potato. Slice the spring onions (including the green part), while the lettuce leaves can just be separated and washed, and the leaves torn.

Now in a medium-size saucepan melt the butter and add all the prepared vegetables, stirring them around a bit. Then, keeping the heat low, pop a lid on and let them sweat gently for 10 minutes.

After that pour in the stock, season and, after a couple of stirs, bring it back to a gentle simmer. Put the lid back on so it can simmer gently for another 20 minutes. When the time is up, use a stick blender to purée the soup, making sure there are no escaped bits of cucumber that the blades didn’t catch – it will finish up a magnificent fresh green colour, very pretty.

Reheat gently and serve in warm soup bowls with some cream swirled into each one and a few chives sprinkled over. 

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