AugustÂ has arrived, and has brought alongÂ some pleasant, balmy 100+ degree days. Â Oh, August why so overbearing? Â Wheres your subtle touch and a kind word with a cool breeze? Â I think September is beckoning. Â The last thing I want to do is heat up the house making dinner during a heat wave, so the past week we have been eating a raw lifestyle. And its been awesome. One of my favorite meals during this week was gazpacho. Â What in the worldÂ is gazpacho? Â Well, its a souper meal! Â Get it. soup! Â Yes. Â I agree,Â Ill just stick to making food.
The first time I ever heard about gazpacho was when I was a kid watching Red Dwarf. Rimmer, the hologram, was invited to the Captains dinner and gazpacho was being served as a starter. HeÂ didnt realize that it was meant to be served cold and called over the chef and told him to take it away and bring it back hot . Of course everybody laughed. I feel like I would have been confused as well. Cold soup, are Â you out of your mind? But oh, is it delicious. Gazpacho, where have you been all my life?
The fragrance of all the fresh vegetables is intoxicating. Just standing there you feel refreshed just by smelling it! Cucumbers are one of my go to vegetables when its really hot out. You wouldnt think that a vegetable has the ability to cool you down when its 103 degrees out, but it really does. It also helps to drink a cucumber wine spritzer while making your cool soup. Helps the body stay hydrated.
I cant think of a better meal to help cool down on Â an unbearable hot summer day. I hope you enjoy, its pretty souper!
- 1½ pounds of tomatoes (about 6 small) finely chopped and cored
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 1 red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled, finely chopped
- ½ cup finely chopped red onion
- 1 small jalapeÃ±o minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- basil for garnish
- Finely chop your tomatoes, peeled cucumber and red onion.
- Cut in half your red pepper and jalapeÃ±o. Remove the seeds and membrane. Finely chop.
- Place the tomatoes and juice into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeÃ±o, garlic clove, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, cumin, and salt and stir to combine.
- Transfer 2 cups of the mixture into a blender. Pulse for about for 5 – 10 seconds.
- Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Top with basil before serving