Food for Thought with Suzanne Dunaway

Cold courgette soup

Well, I have to give credit to a wonderful cook, Jean Pierre Fausigny, who first served this soup to me and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what was in it—mushrooms, beef stock, I can’t remember what I guessed but finally he shared the amazing final ingredient:  ripe avocado.

I have added a couple of ingredients that I feel make this soup the most wonderful summer refresher for lunch or part of an apéro amelioré. You may add more coriander or less mint or a handful of basil, whatever you like, to the final mix and it will turn into yet another wondrous chilled marvel.

But it’s that avocado that really kicks it off.



Serves 4


  • 2 medium zucchini chopped coarse
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped coarse
  • 2 small garlic cloves, chopped coarse
  • 1 potato (optional)
  • Chicken broth just to cover all the ingredients
  • Juice of large lemon
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Large sprig of fresh mint, leaves only
  • A few branches of fresh coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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In a saucepan, place the zucchini, onion and garlic and add the broth to cover.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes until vegetables are soft. Let cool.  Add the lemon and in the bowl of a food processor put the cooled zucchini mixture and all the rest of the ingredients and whiz until very smooth.  Or use a hand mixer to purée the mix until very smooth.

Chill well and serve with a little sprig of mint, basil or coriander, a dollop of Greek yogurt or crème fraiche and croutons on the side.

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Meet the chef

P-O Life reader, Suzanne Dunaway, has cooked since she was 5 years old, when she made cinnamon pinwheels from her mother’s pastry dough.

She LOVES to cook. Some might say she LIVES to cook. The smells, the tastes, the textures…

She is a firm believer in simplicity and creates her recipes in the ethos of ‘anyone can cook’.

After years of experience in her own kitchen, cooking schools and private classes all over the world, in this weekly blog, Suzanne shares with us her PO-inspired creations.

With many strings to her bow, she is also an artist and columnist, with two published cookbooks.

Get a copy of her ‘No Need to Knead: Handmade Artisan Breads in 90 Minutes’ here  

Or her 5 star rated book ‘Rome, at Home: The Spirit of La Cucina Romana in Your Own Kitchen’ here

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