The Musette: melon gazpacho

What do you do when your fridge freezes everything? “Isn’t that the fridge freezer you recently paid a small fortune to have mended?” I hear you ask? Yes, it is! We returned from vacation to discover the temperature of the freezer was -25C, and the fridge -10C. I fiddled about – a technical term – with the inner dials and managed to increase the temperature of the fridge to -8C. Hardly a result.

I rang the company that services my appliances only to be advised that my technician of choice was on vacation until 20 August, but would be able to visit on 31 August. Yikes! An awful lot of fridge/freeezers must be playing up. Are they all Gaggenau?

The company promised the technician would give me a call with some advice before the end of the month, so I sent him a video which I hope might help him diagnose the problem. So, now what to do with some partly frozen fruit and veg?

When we ate out last week, my beloved had Melon Gazpacho as a starter. So, that’s what I made. It was really refreshing, just what’s needed in the hot weather.

Ingredients (lunch for 2)

  • 1 medium sized melon
  • half hot house cucumber
  • spring onion (scallion)
  • 240ml (cup) filtered water
  • bunch coriander
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Method

1. Remove rind and seeds from melon. Chop everything into bite sized chunks and add to liquidiser. Process until smoothish and taste to check seasonings.

2. Pour into bowls while still chilled and enjoy.

Now, could anything be simpler than that recipe? Anwers below please!