Here's a quick, refreshing cold soup for hot summer days which you can make for Mum & Dad as a special surprise. You might like to wear goggles when grating the onions!
Put the peeled chopped tomatoes into the food processor and process until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and stir through the onions. Add enough chicken stock to make a soupy consistency. Season to taste. Cover and chill.
Now for the fun part: remove seeds from melons, and with a melon baller, make balls out of the flesh. Place the balls in a bowl, cover and chill.
When read to serve, ladle the chilled soup into bowls, put a dollop of creme fraiche on top and garnish with the melon balls and a little fresh mint. Serve with lavash, the thin crispy Middle Eastern bread or toasted Lebanese flatbread.
Tip: you can substitute natural Greek-style yoghurt for the creme fraiche.
Note: To peel tomatoes, make a small cross in the base with a small sharp knife. Place in a pan of simmering water for 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove immediately to a bowl of iced water. Peel the skin off, starting at the base.