Gazpacho: There May Still Be A Hot Day Left

We’re in that time of year where the weather is truly unpredictable.  On Facebook I see my New York and Kansas City friends either complaining about the cold or rejoicing over sweater weather, but within a day or two they are back to talking about the beautiful 70’s or hot 80’s.  Well folks, I’m as unpredictable as the weather.  Just last week I posted about the fall giveaway and today I am sharing a recipe for the most summery soup I can think of: Gazpacho.

To be honest, I don’t like gazpacho as a soup.  I was hoping that this recipe would change my mind, but I guess I still haven’t acquired a taste for it.  To me, it’s so much better as a salsa spread over some tortilla chips with melted cheese, which is actually what I did with it for the rest of the week.  I am providing this recipe because it was requested a while ago, but with all the moving and traveling I am just now getting around to posting it.  For the person who suggested this recipe, I wish three things for you:

  1. that this recipe is so amazing you can’t help but comment just to tell me how crazy I am for not liking it.
  2. that you have a week of 80° weather to justify making this so close to fall, and if not, just serve it with some chips on football Sunday
  3. that if you do like the recipe, you share this post with others

Now, let’s get started!

Gazpacho
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 2lb Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber (peeled)
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 1/2 tspn fresh garlic; minced
  • 1/2 tspn cumin
  • 1 1/2 tspn hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T fresh cilantro; chopped
  • 1 T fresh parsley; chopped
  • 1/2 lime; juiced (save other half for later)
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil (plus 1 tblsn for later)

1. Chop all the tomatoes in half and and squeeze gently to remove the seeds.  Seeds can give this soup a bitter flavor.  It’s ok it you don’t get them all out.  My tomatoes didn’t have many so I just left them in.  Coarsely chop two-thirds of tomatoes and place in a large bowl.  Cut the remaining tomatoes into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a separate bowl.

2. Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut them into small pieces.  Divide these the same as with the tomatoes with 2/3 in the large bowl and the rest in the other bowl.

3. Slice the Cucumber in 1/2 longways and remove the seeds with a spoon.  Cut 2/3 of it into big chunks and the rest into small 1/2-inch cubes.  Put the large pieces into the large bowl and the rest into the other bowl.

4. Add the garlic to the large bowl that contains all the coarsely chopped veggies.  And toss to combine.

5. Place a 1/3 of the contents of the large bowl into a food processor and blend until smooth. (it won’t 100% smooth but get as smooth as possible)  Repeat with the remainder of the large bowl, adding 1/3 add a time.

6. Pour smoothed veggies back into the large bowl.  Add balsamic vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, hot sauce, cumin, and salt.  Stir.

7. To that same bowl, add the parsley and cilantro and stir.

8.  Toss remaining veggies (the ones in the separate bowl) with the 1T of olive oil.  Squeeze a bit of the lime juice from the other half of the lime as well.  You don’t need a lot.  Just taste.  If it needs more, then add it.

9. If you are serving immediately pour the soup into a bowl, top with a bit of the veggies, add a garnish and Voila!  OR if you wish to save for later, keep the veggies separate from the soup and let them marinade for a few hours and taste.  Adjust the seasonings accordingly.

The fun thing about cooking is that you can always taste as you go.  Unlike baking, you don’t really have to worry about the chemical reactions, only the flavor.  So feel free to play around with this recipe.  You can even add a bit of sugar to sweeten it up.

This soup should last up to 3 days in the fridge; however, be wary of the chopped veggies as they will start to break down from the acid in the lime juice.

Have you ever had gazpacho?  What did you think?

The journey is the reward. -Tao Saying

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And the Winner Is…

Congrats, Leah!  You just won a pair of earrings from ThreeWishesStudio!  I can’t wait to find out which ones you choose.  The sweet Caramel ones that would perfectly complement some chocolate chip cookies?  The aromatic Vanilla ones that you can wear while eating spiced rice pudding with vanilla bean?  Or the luscious Candy Apple pair that you can sport while making apple crisp?  Hmm..that’s a toughie.  Oh wait!  You’re choosing, not me!

Thank you to everyone who responded with their favorite things about fall!  Football and changing leaves seem to be what most everyone looks forward during this season.  Also a big thanks to everyone who “liked” P.L.P and ThreeWishesStudio on Facebook.  It’s a great way to stay connected in between posts.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry!  You can still purchase a pair of these earrings, and if you like the style but want a different color, there are most to choose from on ThreeWishesStudio’s Etsy site.

On a side note, I am finally in my new place in Miami and have been super busy unpacking and trying to find my cookbooks and bakeware so I can post some new recipes for you!  So hang tight for just a wee bit longer, pleeaaassse.

Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.  -Vince Lombardi

Giveaway: Fall Earrings from ThreeWishesStudio

Labor Day has come and gone.  In most places it is beginning to cool down.  Well, not here in Miami where it is currently 90º, but in other parts of the country I hear it’s becoming sweater weather.  Fall is my most favorite season of them all! (I totally didn’t mean to rhyme there, promise.)

The smell of cinnamon, the look of burnt oranges and golden yellows, warm beverages between my fingers and cute boots on my feet.

The taste of nutmeg and pumpkin.

Squash in everything I make!

Even though it doesn’t FEEL like fall here, I can still enjoy the smells, colors, and tastes of the season.  Plus, I hear it gets to be 60’s in the winter which means I can even break out my boots!

So in honor of my favorite season, I have teamed up with my friend Jeanne over at ThreeWishesStudio for a giveaway!

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Betcha’ just love these earrings, don’t you?  Betcha’ already picked out which ones you want.  Betcha’ know what you’re going to wear them with and where you will wear them to.

They are available in three “flavors”:

Caramel:

Vanilla

and Candy Apple

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And if you win this giveaway you can choose which pair you want!

The Rules:

– There are 4 chances to win:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about fall is.
  2. Head over to ThreeWishesStudio on Facebook and like the page, then return here and let me know you did it!
  3. Like Peace.Love.Pastries. on Facebook, then return here and let me know!
  4. Subscribe to the Peace.Love.Pastries. blog and leave a comment on this post saying you did so.

– Sorry parents, parents-in-law, and siblings, this is not open to you, however you can still do all the things listed above :)

– One winner will be chosen at random using a random # generator which will correspond with the # of that comment.

– The winner will choose one pair of earrings shown above.

– The giveaway closes the evening of Friday, Sept 17th.  The winner will be announced by Sunday, Sept 19th and has until Sunday, Sept 25th to claim the prize

-Please make sure to leave an email address where you can be contacted if you win!

And if you just can’t wait to find out if you win them, they are also available for purchase for only $15!  Super cheap and super cute!

Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year.  ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010

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