Is there a particular food you are so fond of that you dream about it? You know I wouldn’t ask such a question if I didn’t intend to tell you about my dream food, right? I’d make you guess, but I doubt anyone except my friend Lila would even come close, and she only reads my blog sporadically.
How about a multiple choice quiz?
a) grilled shrimp
c) pepperoni pizza with onions and pineapples
Okay, if you chose a, b, or c, you’re not far off, I’m fond of them all, but d) gazpacho is my ultimate craving. I can taste it even as I type.
The first time I had this cold tomato soup I was in a high school home economics class. As I recall a local farmer had donated a whole bunch of tomatoes to our class, and our instructor, Mrs. Craig, decided to introduce us to a dish most of us had never heard of. I remember wrinkling my nose at the prospect of a cold soup, but then being quite taken by the combination of tastes. Still, I didn’t try gazpacho again until I was in my forties, and that’s when I became slightly addicted to it.
I’ve never actually made gazpacho. Studly Doright refuses to try it, and I don’t want to be wasteful. Plus, I eat too many tomatoes too often, I break out in a rash. Last night, though, Studly was out of town, and I decided to make myself gazpacho juice using our favorite new toy–a masticating juicer.
My juice was awesome. I need to fine tune the recipe a bit to make it taste more like the soup I crave, but I’m already close to having it perfect.
Here’s a recipe for gazpacho, although, it can be made with different ingredients, and below that, one for the juice I made.
Gazpacho Recipe from Barefoot Contessa website
- 4 pieces plum tomatoes
- 1 piece red bell pepper
- 1 piece lime
- 1 piece large cucumber
- 1/4 piece small red onion
- 2 cups parsley leaves
- Wash all produce well
- Stem and roughly chop parsley
- Peel cucumber and lime
- Juice in a juicer
- Pour over ice and enjoy!
Peace, and good eating, people!