In other news, I made some cold soup. Otherwise, in more fancy circles known as gazpacho.
Gordon Ramsey came up with this recipe. He is super rude and obnoxious isn’t he? And he kind of has a scary face. But I still love him a bit. I feel like if he yelled at me enough I might get good at making omelettes. Omelettes that actually deserved their name and looked like decent food and not weird floppy eggs.
I digress. I don’t think anyone needs much instruction for this beauty: a cool gazpacho for the heat of the summer, when tomatoes make me want to cry they taste so good and real.
You could (and probably should) also tear up some day-old bread to make this a bit heartier (or serve it as a starter). Beer never hurts either. Serves four.
Gordon Ramsey’s Gazpacho
from The Guardian
- 6 ripe vine tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 fat garlic clove, peeled and finely crushed
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
- ½ cucumber, peeled, deseeded and finely chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 10 fl oz cold vegetable (or chicken) stock
- 10 fl oz tomato juice
- 1 large handful basil and tarragon leaves, chopped
- Dash of Tabasco sauce
- Dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Good quality olive oil, to drizzle
- Croutons, to serve
- Put all the vegetables in a large bowl and sprinkle over the lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Pour in stock and tomato juice to cover, then stir in the herbs and a dash each of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Cover with clingfilm and chill for at least four hours to let the flavours meld. Serve in chilled bowls with a drizzle of olive oil and croutons scattered on top.
Have a bit of that! Perfect summer fare. Can you tell I’m still trying to get my veggies in after the weekend? Uh huh. Nothing like chicken strips and fries to catapult you into healthy eating.
By the way, gazpacho? Nothing like what I always scarily thought of as gazpacho in my head (which, for the record was “cold fish soup”. I never said I wasn’t weird or confused, ok?). I recommend not even thinking of it as soup if it weirds you out that it’s cold.
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