Traditionally made with tomatoes and peppers, gazpacho is best eaten ice cold and hence, I recommend chilling this before enjoying. In this version I use frozen peas, yellow pepper and cucumber. The result is a vibrant green refreshing soup that’s perfect for summer days.
I like to serve this with this sauvignon blanc from Villa Maria. New Zealand wine is having a real moment and I have been loving this white. Crisp and cool, it pairs beautifully with this creamy bright gazpacho.
THE THREE THINGS ALEXANDRA'S LOVING THIS MONTH
Waves Glass Tea Light Holder, €19.95 | Anna & Nina
I find tealights work better than candlesticks on an outdoor table. There is less danger of the wind blowing out the flame and they make a table glow beautifully when they’re dotted about. I just bought these and can’t wait to use them.
Leather Coasters, €30 | Truffle Bee
Having stuffed my kitchen cupboard with table linen, my latest collecting obsession is coasters. I love these bright orange ones, especially against a simple white tablecloth. They are faux leather which means they are incredibly easy to clean.
Magique Ocean Breakfast Plate, €24.95 | Anna & Nina
I love the hand-painted edge of these sweet breakfast plates. I tend to fill these with nostalgic sweets such as Smarties or Jelly Babies and put them on the table at the end of a dinner party.
AND OFF THE TABLE…
Gelato at Gelupo
I need little excuse to eat ice-cream regardless of the season, but summer is perhaps the most joyous time to enjoy a scoop of creamy gelato. On the narrow streets of Soho is my favourite spot. Gelupo makes gelato fresh daily and, alongside stand-out signatures such as sour cherry with ricotta and bitter chocolate, you’ll always find a few seasonal flavours on the menu. My favourite is the mint stracciatella which has a sensational vivid creamy green colour owing to the kilos of fresh mint leaves which are blanched and blended each morning before being churned into the ice-cream with shards of dark chocolate. Recently, I’ve been enjoying a scoop of my favourite alongside a seasonal special, summer berry and yogurt. It is a delicious combination and one that I highly recommend. You can hear a little more about Gelupo from the founder Jacob Kenedy, who SL’s Heather Steele and I chatted to (over gelato) on the SheerLuxe Show.