Easiest gazpacho

This one can be made in volume, and never disappoints.  And did I mention how healthy it is?

fullsizeoutput_ed51Mix together in a good blender the following until pureed:

  • around 600g large tomatoes
  • 2 large teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 red or orange pepper (paprika)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large clove garlic or two if you want it garlicky
  • juice of 1 lime
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • around 400 ml water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Optional: you can add a small bunch of fresh mint to the blender and Worcestershire sauce to taste when serving.

A great variation for ginger lovers:  reduce garlic and add two inches of fresh ginger, to taste.

Delicious lettuce soup (as unlikely as that sounds)

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Fry the following until soft in 2 tbs olive oil:

  • 1 chopped red/onion
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 red paprika (optional)

Then add:

  • 1 iceberg lettuce, sliced
  • 2 tsp mixed dried (italian) herbs
  • 500 ml chicken stock (from one cube)
  • salt and pepper to taste

and cook for around 10 mins until done.  Add:

  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • some milk/cream to taste

and liquidise with a mini-blender.  Yes it is that easy – but tastes great.

Serve with fresh brown bread.