Today I am going to show you how to make a typical Spanish gazpacho, a cold soup which is ideally suited to August lunches. As usual, please take note of the donkey hazards while following the procedure. First gather your vegetables.
The main hazard in this gazpacho recipe is in the early stages, as with most recipes involving vegetables. The donkeys will try to sabotage the recipe.
Above, Morris and Aitana demonstrate how vulnerable vegetables are before yuo get them into the kitchen. Below, Matilde shows how a cucumber can be ruined.
When you have safely gathered your remaining vegetables put them on the work surface in the kitchen and drive any pursuing donkeys out of the house. Now you can prepare your gazpacho. Drink lots of wine first, particularly if you have had a big fight with the donkeys to get the vegetables home.
The tomatoes should be peeled and de-seeded. To peel them place them in boiling water for about 30 seconds then into cold water and then when you remove them the skins should come off easily. Have a glass of wine.
Then chop up the tomatoes, onion, cucumber and green pepper. Don’t worry about chopping them too small as they are all going into the food blender.
Now put some of each ingredient in the blender and blend. Transfer the mix to a bowl and continue to blend all the ingredients. This should result in a “chunky” soup. Have another glass of wine.
One ladle of tomato and garlic and two ladles of cucumber and peppers: return to the blender and add olive oil, pepper, salt, chives.
If you want this smooth soup then put the gazpacho through a sieve. This will get rid of the tomato seeds and skin if you left them on and any other lumps. At this stage you can add water to get the thickness that you want. I tend to not add very much as I like a thick soup. Have a glass of wine.
Once you have done all this put the gazpacho into a serving bowl, add the ice cubes and put it all in the fridge to chill.
Put the diced tomato, cucumber and pepper on a plate and serve with the Gazpacho. Prolly good with a glass of wine.