Simple Courgette Soup

I was given a couple of large courgettes a few weeks ago by my allotment neighbours.  And immediately turned them into soup.  The few extra pots I had after my lunch portion sold out at the Alresford Country Market the next day.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic
4 medium courgettes
500ml just boiled water
500ml milk
2 vegetable or chicken stock cubes
1 tsp dried mint or 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
Pinch of chilli (optional)

This is a very simple soup.  Roughly chop the onion, garlic, and courgettes and fry as long as you dare until the courgettes begin to brown but the onion and garlic aren't burnt.

Crumble in the stock cubes, add the mint if using, and pour in the water and milk.  Bring to the boil, cover, and turn down to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Leave to cool for 5 minutes before liquidising.  Can be eaten hot or cold.