Cold Sweetcorn Soup

Cold Sweetcorn SoupCalling all cooking phobes, this recipe is sooooo easy, there’s really no excuse for not trying it. It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy, as the kids at school say. (because I taught them to).

There are really only 3 ingredients if you don’t count the topping and one of those is salt. It just doesn’t get any easier.

This is a cold soup so it’s just perfect for the hot weather we’re having at the moment. For me it makes a nice change from Gazpacho, which I love, but don’t want to have every day in summer.

Do you have any unusual cold soup recipes?

Cold Sweetcorn Soup

Preparation: 10 minutes                  Servings: 4 bowls of soup       Cooking Time: 10 minutes                                                                   Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 ears of sweetcorn

400ml (1 can) of reduced fat coconut milk

Salt to taste

Top with raw avocadoes dices with a little lime juice

Chopped tomatoes

Boil the sweetcorn on the cob for 10 minutes. Drain and cut the kernels off the cobs. Put in a blender with coconut milk and salt and blend until completely smooth. Allow to cool then put in the fridge for at least two hours. Pour into bowls, taste to see if you need more salt. Top with tomatoes or avocadoes or both and serve!

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Sweet Pesto

 

Sweet Pesto

 

 

So I lied, back in June (or something like that), I said it was hot, hot hot here. It wasn’t. Now it’s hot, hot, hot. I think I’m going to melt into the pavement and that’ll be it… It’s time for fruit, ice-creams, smoothies, colds soups and above all lots of water.

Sweet Pesto

This is a fun way of making of making fruit even tastier, if that’s possible! It has a refreshing, light taste. As you may (or may not) know, I used to live in Genoa, home to pesto. While this sweet version would probably have the inventors of pesto turning in their graves, I think this is a delicious way to jazz up fruit or top ice-cream.

Sweet Pesto

As my photo of ice – cream demonstrates, I couldn’t even stop it from melting in the five minutes it took to take the photo!

Sweet Pesto

Preparation Time: 5 minutes        Servings: 4                                  Cooking Time:         None                                                                        Total:                          5 minutes

Ingredients:

35g mint leaves

25 raw pistachios

3tbsp agave nectar

a squeeze of lemon juice

lemon zest

Fruit or ice – cream to serve

Blend all the ingredients except the lemon zest in a blender. Serve with fruit or ice – cream. Top with lemon zest.

 

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Hicuri, Vegan Restaurant, Granada

Salmorejo con aguacate

Restaurante Hicuri, Plaza de los Girones, 4, 18009 Granada, Spain

The other week on our way back from Almeria, we stopped in Granada for the day. We LOVE Granada. It’s one of our favourite cities and now we live closer than ever before. We saw this restaurant on Happy Cow and decided to give it a go. Unfortunately on the way there we got completely lost, partly because we hadn’t ever been to the part of the city where the restaurant was and partly because the maps app on my mobile, just at that moment, decided to sent us on a completely wild goose chase over to the wrong side of the city. But don’t let that put you off, the restaurant is highly recommended. I’m sure that you have a far better sense of direction than us or a better phone ;).

When we arrived, we were boiling hot and super tired, but we were greeted by a nice cool restaurant, with fantastic decoration and delicious food. We chose the set menu because it represents good value for money, but it was, a bit big for both of us. I had a large green smoothie, a starter to share of carrot sticks with veganaise, followed by salmorejo (cold tomato soup) with avocado. Next up was oriental seitan and to finish fruit salad. Javi had a beer, part of the carrot sticks with veganaise, a fabulous salad with potatoes, avocadoes and beetroot. Then he had ratatouille with vegan sausages and potatoes and finally chocolate custard. And all for 12.50€ each.

Like I said, we were a bit full after all that! The food was fresh, tasty, seasonal and completely vegan. I’ll leave you with the photos and details.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Salmorejo con aguacate

Salmorejo con aguacate

Potato, Avocado and Beetroot Salad

Potato, Avocado and Beetroot Salad

Oriental Seitan

Oriental Seitan

Ratatouille with vegan sausages

Ratatouille with vegan sausages

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Custard

The menu

The menu

Summer Opening Times

Summer Opening Times

 

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