Cold Avocado Soup + ebook Giveaway


We shot this recipe right there on the grass, under a blooming elderflower tree. It didn’t even take 5 minutes. I know that, because we were in a hurry to the midsummer celebrations. My sister had already called to remind me not to be late, twice. We are like that, me and my sister, she is on time and I am late. Always. I am getting off topic here. My point is that we were in a hurry, but I wanted to shoot this soup before we brought it with us to the party. So we packed everything into a crate, carried it outside, found a nice spot in the grass and arranged the glasses. And as I was leaning over to take the first shot, I bumped into a branch from the tree and those elderflowers fell down and into the frame. It was perfect. Just like that.

This kind of fuzz-free photography rarely happens to me. It usually takes 200+ frames and 4 different backgrounds to get the photos the way we want them. So when these things do happen, we have to embrace them.

We hope this avocado soup can be of some help through the most sweltering summer days. We have always found cold soups so perfect during the summer (this watermelon gazpacho is another favorite), but what makes this particular soup even better is that the avocado and coconut milk makes it more satiating than most soups. Another great thing is that you can throw it together in just a few minutes. Yay, for spending less time in the kitchen and more time outside. The dill adds an unusual and wonderful flavor twist, but if you can’t find it, just go with chives.


We also wanted to let you know that our book is now also available as an ebook. You can find it in Apple’s iBookstore or a Kindle version on Amazon.

Hardie Grant have kindly agreed to give away 20 promo codes to download the ebook from iBookstore for free. To participate, just simply leave a comment with your name and where you are from. We will draw 20 winners randomly on Wednesday July 17. Good luck!


The giveaway is now closed. We will notify the winners in our next post. Thank you all for participating!


Cold Avocado Soup
Serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a lunch/dinner

You can prepare this a day ahead and keep in a closed container in the fridge. If you are not vegan you can also try replacing the coconut milk with yogurt.

2 avocados, peeled and pitted
3 inches (7 cm) cucumber, peeled and cut into smaller pieces

1 cup cold water
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 tbsp lemon juice
4-8 drops tabasco
a handful chives, chopped
3 stems dill
2 ice cubes
1 tsp salt

Serve with
a splash of olive oil
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
dill & chives, chopped

Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Mix it until completely smooth. Season to taste. Serve immediately in glasses or bowls or keep it chilled in the fridge until serving. Top with a splash of olive oil, toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped chives and some dill.


Ps. Make sure to check out the latest issue of Food & Wine Magazine. We created a recipe for them that ended up on the cover!


  • Sarah
    Love your site. Sarah from Maine (U.S)
  • Dana
    Hello-im dana from New Orleans. this soup is beautiful. can't wait to try it!
  • What a refreshing looking soup. I love the photos- what luck with the elderflowers :) I bet the scent was delicious too. Thanks so much for the chance to win your ebook.
  • Sonja
    Still waiting for the heat, but can't wait to try out some cooling delights whatever the weather! Just got some dill for stewed cucumbers, so this sounds perfect for the leftover herbs. Sonja from Berlin
  • Sabine Van der Sande
    Would love a copy of your book - your photography is amazing, and I just had your Moroccan quinoa salad for lunch, it was definitely a winner! Sabine from London, England.
  • Noel
    This looks delicious! I love avocados. Noel from Minnesota, USA
  • Elly
    Magic combination: beautiful food, beautiful pictures. Everything seems to hit the spot! Elly from England
  • Kamille Løje
    Wonderful! Do you know "serendipity"? - all those wonderful things that happens, when we are focusing on something else. Just like you bumping into the elderflower-tree and it creates the perfect floral touch to your picture :) I would love the book: Kamille from Copenhagen
  • Svenja
    Hi, my name is Svenja. I'm from Mannheim, Germany (grew up in New Jersey) and I've been following your blog for quite some time. I switched to a vegan lifestyle this year and just discovered your recipe - it looks perfect, I want to try it with away!
  • jessie
    very excited to share this with friends for my birthday lunch in the sun this weekend. yum! thank you
  • Hi! I'm from Italy and i really love your blog!
  • Raimonda
    It's getting warm in Denmark, so I can't wait to try this soup! Thanks for sharing :) Raimonda from Denmark
  • Tenna
    This is going on the dinner table tonight. It looks so delicious. Tenna, Silkeborg (Denmark)
  • This soup is so gorgeous...and absolutely PERFECT fir summer. Love it!
  • Kelsey
    love avocado soup! i'm Kelsey from Chicago.
  • Wow, for a fluke these photos are no less gorgeous than usual. They look wonderful.
  • Francesca
    Cold soup may not be my dish of choice right now in chilly Australia but I'd still LOVE to win your book! And I'll save this beautiful soup for December.
  • Rikke Lykstoft
    I love your wonderful recepies and pictures. Rikke from Hellerup in Denmark
  • Meg
    I do love me some Gazpacho, especially ones like this. I can't wait to try it! Meg from Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Francesca
    Cold soup may not be my dish of choice right now, here in Australia's winter but I'd still LOVE to win your book!
  • Beata
    Great pictures indeed! And what a soup... What would you suggest instead of tabasco if I wanted to share the soup with my little girl? Beata from Prague
    • Hi Beata, you can just leave the Tabasco out of the recipe if cooking for a baby. Hope she likes it! /David
  • Veronica
    Everyday I'm hoping for a new post from you and today I was particularly eager since I'm on my way to buy ingredients for my birthday dinner. This soup will be oh so perfect as a starter, completing a barbecue dinner in the Stockholm summer evening.
  • Vanessa
    Beautiful photographs! Thanks for all your amazing posts, your blog has been a real inspiration! Vanessa from Portugal
  • Anna
    Anna, Sweden. ☺
  • This sounds like the perfect summer soup. We always make gazpachos in summer (with home grown vegetables)! Connie from Longvilliers (a villages in France)
  • Sofia
    Jag är från Stockholm.Tack för underbara recept.
  • dörte
    this looks so so so beautiful. even if i wouldn't think this recipe sounded just perfect (which it definitely does), wouldn't like avocado, love dill or adore the idea of combining the two (unthinkable) ... i would still want to make this just because of the stunning pictures. i love those colours and the little sunny summer spots... :) and of course, i would love to win an ebook, too. dörte (from germany)
  • Meredith Walker
    What a treat to win your ebook all the way from Summer Hill in Sydney, Australia!
  • Gaelle B.
    This recipe sounds lovely and the pictures are simply beautiful! Too sad my stomach hates avocado. But I will definitely try the watermelon gazpacho when the heat goes up this summer!
    • Agathe
      I love your blog, and I made your recipe last night, it was wonderful! Can't wait to read your book! Agathe from Paris.
  • Aiste
    Aiste from Lithuania (currently living in UK)! The soup looks amazing, can't wait to try it!

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