Recipe of the month (July): Chilled Gazpacho

Ok it’s hot….very hot….and what do you want at the end of the day?  Something cool and refreshing (and nourishing!).  Look no further than a bowl (or two) of Chilled Spanish Gazpacho.

It’s really easy to make – it’s raw – it’s cool – it’s just the job!  And don’t forget you can make it all organic by buying your ingredients from Rice Up 🙂

So cool!  Gazpacho really does the business in this weather!

So cool! Gazpacho really does the business in this weather!

Ingredients (serves 4):

500g tomatoes

4 inch piece of peeled and chopped cucumber

2 spring onions – peeled and chopped

1/2 a large sweet red pepper – deseeded and chopped

1 clove garlic – chopped

3tbsp olive oil

1tbsp white wine vinegar

1 heaped tsp of freshly chopped basil

1/4 pint cold water

Salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

Dead easy – basically blend it all together.  If you have a powerful blender (Vita Mix etc) you can just chuck everything in and whizz it for 1 minute. If you don’t then it’s best to skin the tomatoes (plunge into boiling water for a couple of minutes then remove the skins) When it’s smooth pour it into a bowl and chill in the fridge for an hour or so. Serve with a garnish of chopped pepper, cucumber and parsley.. Mmmmmmmm!

You can drop an ice cube in each bowl to get extra chilliness…..

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