Now for a Spanish meal

Gazpacho with crouton, summer veg and lavender

It’s been a pretty long time since we last sat down in a proper train restaurant, and Midnight Trains aims to redefine what it means to eat on the move. Until then, we’re asking chefs to share recipes related to the destinations that we spotlight each week. This time we went to Bérangère Fagart, the much-hyped chef from Sélune in Paris, who sent over an excellent gazpacho recipe. This classic Spanish dish, a cold soup, is often served as an aperitif or starter, and is a go-to when the temperature really starts to rise. The lavender she adds makes for a truly original southern touch.

For four people:

  • 320g beef tomatoes
  • 200g baby cucumbers
  • 90g red peppers
  • 60g brown onion
  • One clove of garlic
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • One tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • One egg
  • A handful of basil
  • A few sprigs of lavender

For the crouton:

  • Four fine slices of bread
  • 90g red and yellow peppers
  • 60g courgettes
  • Olive oil

Start by preparing the summer veg to top the crouton. Finely slice the courgette, place in a pan and brown in a little olive oil. Set aside.

Slice the peppers into strips and lightly brown in the same pan.

Grill your slices of bread. Top with the cooked veg and a few sprigs of lavender.

Prepare the gazpacho.

Peel the tomatoes (after plunging them, briefly, in a pan of boiling water).

Peel the peppers, cucumber, onion and garlic.

Place all the veg, a little olive oil, vinegar and basil in the blender and mix until smooth. Season to taste. Place in the fridge.

Boil an egg for nine minutes until hard. Remove the shell and chop roughly.

Pour the gazpacho in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and a few drops of balsamic. Add some egg, basil and a few sprigs of lavender. Place your crouton on the side and serve.

As an accompaniment, especially if you’re serving the gazpacho as an aperitif, we recommend you crack open a bottle of the 2019 Salmónido by Barranco Oscuro. This dark rosé with smoky notes is the work of Manuel Valenzuela, a natural wine pioneer whose vines, in the Sierra de la Contraviesa, are the highest in Europe (some 1,368 metres above sea level).

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