Gazpacho with a little twist - perfect on these hot and sunny days!

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Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

I have always been a fan of cold soups from the very first time I made Vichyssoise in 4H Club when I was 11 years old!  (that recipe and others, another day!)

But Gazpacho does seem to be my favourite these days.  Our time on the Costa del Sol was spent enjoying Gazpacho every day for lunch.  As many different versions as there was restaurants to try!   The most memorable was our last beachside lunch on Christmas Eve, the waves practically splashing the windows and us wondering whether our flight was going to be able to manage in the storm that was predicted.  (it did and we made it home to Belfast in time for Christmas with the family!)   But boy oh boy was that soup fantastic!!

So now that we're back in Canada, this soup is my go-to choice on our hot and humid days.  There is no one recipe that we stick to but instead, switching it up, depending on what is available close by.  This one is cheap, chic (or chique depending on where you are),  and easy.

You will need:  

A blender or food processor
2kg of ripe red tomatoes [4.40924524 pounds = 2 kilograms]
1/2  English Cucumber or more if you like cucumber
1/2 of red pepper
1 clove of garlic
1 ripe mango
1 carrot
200ml of olive oil [7 ounces]
3 teaspoons of sherry vinegar (red wine vinegar will do)
Kosher salt


Peel the tomatoes and cut them into chunks
Dice the cucumber [I don't peel mine but if you must, you must!] 

Put aside a cup of the above, combined, to add later


Cut the garlic and the red pepper just small enough to blend nicely in the blender or food processor
Peel and cut the mango (putting aside a few pieces for garnish) and the carrot

In a blender, put the olive oil and the carrot. Then put the tomatoes, pepper, mango and cucumber . Add the vinegar and salt to taste.
Once is done, put it in a large bowl  (to be sure that it's going to be without seeds you can pass it through a food mill)

Then, just put in on the fridge to cool  (about 1-2 hours min but I like it all day)  Add the set aside diced tomato and cucumber and mango for garnish when serving.  Add fresh ground pepper if you like too!

Serve with crusty bread or Crustini -

(just in case you're not familiar with Crustini)
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of ciabatta bread, cut into 1/2- inch slices
  • good quality, extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled and cut in half
Preparation

Grill your slices of ciabatta. While they’re still hot, rub them gently with the cut side of the garlic and drizzle or brush with good-quality extra virgin olive oil.

 

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I can find you gourmet kitchens, outdoor kitchens, or just everyday kitchens that allow you to cook with flare!  

Call Susan Emo if you need a home or a good recipe -  either way, you'll be happy you did!

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Li Read
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Am going to try this one...dinner tonight!   Appreciated.

Jul 12, 2012 10:31 AM #1
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Susan Emo
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Li -  enjoy it my friend!

Jul 12, 2012 10:32 AM #2
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Susan Emo
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If you can find cilantro-lime salt, it is gorgeous on this too (even though that is not very spanish!)

Jul 12, 2012 12:00 PM #3
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Will Hamm
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Hi Susan,  Putting the items on my grocery list to give it a try, sounds great.  Hope you have a good day.

Jul 12, 2012 12:03 PM #4
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Susan Emo
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Will -  if you have the grill on for something else, say the day before, roast/grill some red peppers! (roasted corn works too but leave the kernels whole for garnish)  Gorgeous in soups as I'm sure you know.

Jul 12, 2012 12:21 PM #5
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Pamela Smith
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Susan,

Sounds yummy!  This will be on our table tonight.

Jul 12, 2012 02:08 PM #6
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Pamela - enjoy! The mango gives it a nice little twist!
Jul 12, 2012 02:27 PM #7
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Susan Emo
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Yum Yum Yum if I do say so myself!   We'll be having that again some time soon.

Jul 12, 2012 04:29 PM #8
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Chris Smith
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Susan, the Mango has piqued my curiosity enough to send this to Helen.

Jul 12, 2012 11:28 PM #9
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Hi Chris - just makes it that little bit different!

Jul 13, 2012 08:24 AM #10
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Roger D. Mucci
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Sounds delicious GG, I especially like the "mango twist"................

Jul 17, 2012 10:24 AM #11
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Give it a try GG and let me know what you think!

 

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I thought I did to yours as well! HA... remedied now :)  This recipe just looks divine!! YUM!! I love FRESH recipes in the hot summers.

Jul 17, 2012 12:22 PM #13
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