I've been meaning to post this but it keeps getting delayed and stayed in the drafts folder longer than intended. Friends from Food Trip Friday have requested me to publish the recipe for the cold soup gazpacho which I featured in Food Trip Friday a few weeks back. I did promise them but I kind of got distracted by some things. A little trivia first, one of my Spanish visitors, Zaida, is from the Andalucian region of Spain where gazpacho is a specialty. Andalucians like her prepare gazpacho especially during the hot summer season in the region, a wonderful way to cool down and start their meals. Anyways... so I accompanied my Spanish visitors to the market to select the freshest ingredients available and watched as Zaida prepared gazpacho in my kitchen. Please do note that I merely recorded the ingredients and the procedure mentally. I bravely made gazpacho myself from memory, so here it goes:
For 4 persons, you will need:
half a kilo of red (ripe) tomatoes
1/2 medium-sized onion
a clove or two of garlic
1/2 medium-sized cucumber
1/2 medium-sized green bell pepper
3 tbsps of olive oil
2 tbsps of vinegar
a dash of ground black pepper and salt to suit your taste
a small piece of stale bread, soaked in a cup of cold water
Dice the tomatoes, onions, garlic, cucumber, and bell pepper and, together with the bread and cold water, put them all in a blender and blend for a minute or two. This results to a chunky consistency which both my husband and I like. If you prefer it to be completely smooth, blend it for about 5mins or more until you achieve the preferred consistency. Others put the blended ingredients through a sieve to take away the unneeded lumps. Then transfer the mix into a bowl and, at this point, you may add more cold water to get the thickness that you desired, and stir in the olive oil, vinegar, ground pepper, and salt. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Cover the bowl and chill in the fridge before serving. Garnish every serving with diced tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, and croutons.
That's it. So easy to prepare. I hope you enjoy a refreshing and healthy bowl of gazpacho!