Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

This recipe is a Β bit Scandi and a bit different. It was literally created on the back of a craving I had for something fresh and palate cleansing for supper. The rich and flakey smoked trout combined with cooling cucumber is a real winner. Ideal for a light lunch on a summer’s day, a starter at a dinner party or a simple supper. Take your pick.

You need the following to make enough for 2 portions:

For the pickled radishes:

  • roughly 5 radishes
  • 1 dessertspoon of caster sugar
  • 2 dessertspoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of cold water

First thing to do is to start the pickling of your radishes. Combine the sugar, water and and vinegar and heat until the sugar has melted and mixture is boiling. Add a large pinch of salt and a good grind of pepper. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.

pickled radishes

Meanwhile slice your radishes thinly, using a mandolin. Submerge the radish slices in the liquid and leave in the fridge for as long as possible but half an hour will do.

pickled radishes

Next, turn to the creation of the soup. Sweat the onion, garlic and fennel on a low heat until its all nice and soft.

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

Leave this mixture to cool right down.

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

Dice up your cucumber (reserving a small piece for garnish) and chuck it into the magimix. Add the natural yoghurt and a handful of chopped dill. Once the onions and fennel are cool throw this in the magimix too and then pulse. Add the tbsp of water and continue to blend until you have a soup. Place in the fridge to keep cold.

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

Chop up the leftover cucumber and remove the radishes from the pickling liquid before pouring some soup into a bowl.

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

Flake the smoked trout (1 fillet per person) into the soup and then scatter over the cucumber and radishes.

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

Subtle, delicious and seriously good for you. I must admit, I’m quite proud of this creation.

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

Cold cucumber and fennel soup with smoked trout

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