Summer peach soup with red berries..and Provence

In midsummer, when the sun is blazing hot and the cigales are singing away, we don’t have much desire for eating, except for indulging in ice cream. A cold simmer peach soup is perfect for those days and brings a bit of welcome change to the ice cream menu.

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La recette:

  1. Bring to the boil 1 liter of water with 1 vanilla pod, 200 g sugar and the rind of 1 lemon. Remove from the heat, add a handful of fresh mint leaves and set aside to cool.
  2. Peel and cut 6 peaches of your choice into slices.
  3. Add to the warm syrup and leave to cool down completely before storing in the fridge for about 4 hours to infuse.
  4. Serve cold in glasses or bowls and add a handful of fresh red berries of your choice to the soup(optional).
  5. Decorate with fresh mint leaves and serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Serves 6 people.

Pincée de fleur de sel:

  • I used a mixture of white and yellow peaches.
  • Macerate the berries with some sugar before adding to the soup, since they may be too sour for the soup.
  • Add the berries on a little kebab/cocktail stick and stick into the soup, to eat separately.
  • Leave the berries if so desired.
  • Replace the mint with lemon verbena for something different.
  • Serve in frozen glasses for an icy effect.

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The signature of Provence is its white limestone..in the countryside, the hills,  in the built walls, the drywalls, the houses, the pavings ,  the flowerbeds, the villages… Some of them new and some weathered handsomely by the mistral  and rains of centuries.

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I love an atmospheric window..

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Clearly seen in this image below, is the different types of stone used, maybe at different times by different craftsmen.

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Just look at that stone…beautiful non?..

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A  stone staircase between these beautiful stone walls, going up and up and up…

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A flowerbed by a front door, typical in the small villages with no gardens..

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Lovely shutters and vigne vierge creeper..

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Sedum growing on the rooftiles..totally content in the heat, like me…

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Holly hocks…an old world flower and one of my favorites..

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Gay colour in an ochre coloured flower container..

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Bonnieux is known for its brocantes..

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..which overlooks the valley..

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A window peeking from above a fig tree..Provence 2013 29-06-2013 11-30-09 3212x4619

Lavenders on the windowsill..

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A cloche against a perfect Provencal sky…Provence 2013 29-06-2013 11-46-17 3238x3877And lastly,  a sunset goodbye …

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So, with these images it is back to reality here at Coin Perdu, where summer is in full swing..and I don’t want it to end!

à la prochaine

Ronelle

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9 responses

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  2. I see your darling companion here and there:)

    Une belle soupe..:)

    And the Provence photos.. et bien..des frissons!
    Enchantment.
    On our deck..I have a lavender topiary.. Rosemary tree..olive tree..all things Provence ..Now that I write these down.. it amazes me ..I did not search them out..they were all gifts..2 people know my heart:).
    Hollyhocks are faves of mine too..I had some here for maybe 5 yrs and at the end..they were always so rusty..but still worth it..
    One day they decided to leave me…and never return..like my blue delphiniums and pink foxgloves..
    We LOVED Bonnieux..one of my very favorite markets on our trip..I think my soap on the metal wall holder was from there:)Il est beau..
    And I think that is where I spotted the wicker trolley and jacques looked at me like..you’ve got to be kidding..It stayed there.
    We had fig trees where we stayed in Gordes..oh to just pick them from the tree!!So juicy..
    Thanks for the tour..I see familiar places:)

    12/07/2013 at 21:28

  3. That is such a delightfully refreshing and refined tasting soup! Provence is such a beautiful region…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    12/07/2013 at 22:40

  4. Thank you, once again, for a delightful little trip. I am just home from a too-brief visit to the Toulouse area, which i loved.I hope to find blogging time very soon! Tomorrow, perhaps…?

    13/07/2013 at 03:29

  5. One of the prettiest places on this earth!

    13/07/2013 at 14:21

  6. Your soup sounds deliciously Summery and the photos are gorgeous!

    13/07/2013 at 20:24

  7. What a sensory post, Ronelle! I love the sound of the cool, minty, peach soup as it has been very hot here the past several days.

    I love every stone, every door, every window, every Provence plant you’ve shown. So beautiful!

    17/07/2013 at 20:56

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  9. The soup looks so refreshing! You have inspired me to go out and take pictures of windows.It will be difficult to find such magnificent stone work.

    19/07/2013 at 13:59

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