Thursday, May 12, 2011

Winter directly into Summer . . .

Sheesh!  Last week I was wearing my fleece jacket and yesterday it hit 97 degrees.  If anything deserves a WTF, this does.

So to honor my cravings for All Things Summer, I had a monstrous craving for Gazpacho.  Monstrous.  And with no fresh tomatoes at this point (c'mon, July!), I built it with canned tomatoes and it was wonderful nonetheless.  Now, I'm no foodie and typically I don't post recipes but in the event that you get a midnight craving for Gazpacho, here's a quick recipe that will fulfill your every jonesin'.

Two 28oz cans of good diced tomatoes, juice included
One English cucumber (you know, the ones wrapped in cellophane), diced or rough chopped in the food processor
One red onion - rough chopped in the food processor
Two little cans of sliced black olives
1 yellow pepper - rough chopped in the food processor
2 cups tomato juice or V-8
1/4 cup diced garlic (to taste)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar (I love pomegranate vinegar!)
1 cup good olive oil
salt and pepper (to taste)

I serve this (of course, cold) with a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips and it's to die for.  It's my prelude to summer and should hold me until the 'real' tomatoes are ripe on my vines.


Louise said...

Mmmmm my mouth is watering!

Anonymous said...

Wow...I have never eated Gazpacho but this recipe sounds like something I must try...thanks for sharing. Our spring kind of did the same thing...from rain and cold to hot & come spring keeps getting shorter. said...

Sandi : you're more humid that we are but get this - Friday it will be in the 50s!

This is a great simple recipe and nothing says Summer for me like Gazpacho.

Two Dog Pond said...

looks so delicious!
but now it's winter again - 37 degrees... WTF? said...

I know! What's up with that? I'll be outside blowing the hair dryer on all my plants.

Jill said...

hmm..never even heard of gazpacho. It sound delicious!! And, I live in Schuyler where Mexican restaurants equal the number of American.