Chilled Gazpacho

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1 Ib 8 oz firm ripe tomatoes
4 in piece of cucumber chopped and peeled
2 spring onions
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1/2 large red pepper
1 heaped teaspoon chopped basil
4 tablesppons wine vinegar
salt and pepper

For the garnish:

1/2 large green pepper
4 inch piece of cucumber
2 spring onions
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
salt and pepper

Place the tomatoes in a bowl and pour boiling water over them.  Remove skins when loose, halve them scoop our and discard seeds.  Place the tomatoes, cucumber, sping onion, crushed garlic and choppped pepper in a blender, adding seasoning, herbs, oil and wine vinegar. Blend everthing until smooth.

For the garnish, combine all the ingredients with salt and pepper and hand it round the table with small croutons of bread fried in olive oil.  Serve with soup with ice cubes floating in it.