With the warmer weather there is nothing I like more than a nice glass, or bowl, of iced gazpacho.
Gazpacho is a cold blended vegetable soup. There are many recipes, with almost everyone claiming theirs is the original or traditional, but this is the one I use.
Ingredients (1.5 litres)
1 kg of ripe tomatoes.
1 green pepper.
1 clove garlic.
1 stick of celery.
1/2 red pepper (optional, although I like it as it gives it better color and a slightly delicious sweet touch).
1 slice of bread (about 50 gr, optional, and I often forget to add this).
2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Cold water.
Olive oil to taste (I usually add 2-3 tablespoons).
Ok, this is what I do. Make sure everything is clean, peel and chop up the larger ingredients, bung it in the liquidiser and turn it into soup, on pulse, or use a hand blender to do the same.
Some suggest removing the tomato seeds but 1- I'm too lazy and 2- they add just as much flavour as everything else.
I like a slightly chunky soup so don't blend it too much. How fine you make it is up to you.
Then I put it in a jug or bowl and chill it in the fridge, serving it over ice. When it's chilled. I actually like it to drink it, with a little Tabasco or Worcestor sauce ( veggie brand, of course).
You can chop up some onion, chives, tomato and basil to pop on the top when you're serving, if you want it a bit fancier, or even add some croutons.
Go on, give it a go, and send us the photos and your comments.
Alternatively you can always buy a carton in the supermarket, some of which are surprisingly good, others not so much.