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Chilled Cucumber And Mushroom Soup

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  Vegetable oil 15 Milliliter (1 tablespoon)
  Onion 1 Small, skinned and finely chopped
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), skinned and crushed
  Cucumber 1 , peeled, finely chopped
  Vegetable stock/Chicken stock 1 1⁄4 Pint (750 milliliter)
  Mushrooms 3 Ounce, chopped (75 gram)
  Single cream 3⁄4 Pint (150 milliliter)
  Chopped fresh mint 15 Milliliter (1 tablespoon)
  Mushroom slices 1 Tablespoon (for garnish)

1. Place the oil, onion and garlic in a large ovenproof bowl, three-quarters cover with cling film and microwave on HIGH for 5-7 minutes or until softened.
2. Add the cucumber and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes or until the cucumber is slightly softened.
3. Stir in the stock and season well with salt and pepper. Three-quarters cover with cling film and microwave on HIGH for 6-7 minutes or until the cucumber is tender.
4. Leave for 5-10 minutes to cool slightly, then stir in the mushrooms. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth, then leave for 1-2 hours until cool.
5. Stir in the cream, mint, and food colouring, if using, adjust the seasoning and chill.
6. Ladle the soup into individual chilled bowls and serve garnished with mushroom slices.

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