Oh MAN last weekend was a SCORCHER! Finally, faced with nothing to eat at work all week, I decided I had to make something that required no heat. Gazpacho!
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Ingredients
1 green bell pepper (because it was cheap)
1 long seedless cucumber
1/2 red onion
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
4 ribs celery
1 tbsp minced garlic.


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More ingredients
Handful of grape/cherry/plum tomatoes
Handful of basil leaves
2 cups unsalted vegetable stock

Seasonings
S+P
Vinegar
Lemon juice
Italian Seasoning
Lots of black pepper *LOTS*
Feel free to add hot sauce, garlic powder, whatever else you like.

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Instructions

Give all the hard veggies (celery, pepper, cucs, onion) a thin or fine chop.

Chop the tomatoes and basil roughly.

Toss everything including the roasted tomatoes (DO NOT DRAIN) into a big pot and blend away using an immersion blender (or a food processor).

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The finished product isn't too pretty. I suspect if I had used a food processor it would be prettier, but then I couldn't do it all in one batch! And would have more stuff to clean!

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Final verdict: So refreshing. Very tasty. No need for extra seasoning.

However, it wasn't very satisfying. I suppose there's nothing for it but to have a few Finn Crisps or some bread with it!

That's ok, this is definitely getting made again. I think it's not as good as the borscht though. =(

Finally, this rotation is ALMOST over. I will be working on Friday night and into Saturday afternoon but by 3pm I hope to be free and off to Staten Island for a fishing trip with Dad AND Boyfriend.

Boyfriend is ALSO almost done with his awful rotation and will be sitting for a monster exam in a couple of weeks so I will continue to barely see him. His exam is actually ON my birthday, so our celebration should be pretty good!

Teaser for the next post: Veggie Cous Cous (which turns out to be quite a good staple!)
 


Comments

Serenity
07/29/2011 13:35

still sounds great and this is a favorite, but i do set aside a good amount of fresh, chopped veggies and basil ribbons for the texture. wasa crackers with a light spread of goat cheese (or your choice) are great for dipping, too. glad you'll be off that tough rotation soon!

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08/02/2011 09:27

What a great idea and love this recipe! So glad I found your blog, new follower! xoxo

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08/02/2011 19:02

Serenity,

Haha, yes, I agree with setting aside the fresh veg and herbs as garnish is awesome! It's hard when you're taking it to work but if serving for company or having a leisurely dinner at home, YES, chopped veg makes almost anything better!

Kelly,

I love your site too! The best thing about this recipe is it can be modified to include whatever kind of vegetables are on sale/sitting around in your fridge. I wish it didn't come out so brown, but I bet if red peppers were cheaper when I went shopping it'd be redder! =)

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