What to do on the weekend when the heat becomes perhaps a little suffocating:
1. Go to the movies.
2. Sit inside a sports bar to watch the olympics aaand have a cold beer or two.
3. Go to a museum.
4. Make an icy cocktail – preferably to be enjoyed by a body of water.
5. Make GAZPACHO!!!
Gazpacho is the ultimate hot day meal. Not only does it transport you to Spain, but it is also very refreshing and light. Definitely enjoy it ice-cold with a glass of sangria :) This recipe has been on my list for a while now, and it was so easy and lemme tell ya, the flavors are unreal. I wish I had done this one earlier in the summer – it’s going to be a mainstay for me now.
Here’s what I did!
*like my mother, I looked at a couple of different recipes to get the idea and then just winged it, tasting as I went.
Chop into 1 inch pieces/open and add to a big, deep bowl (or into a blender/vitamix if you’re faaaancy):
-1 24oz. can of fire-roasted tomatoes
-2 red bell peppers
-1 green bell pepper
-1 large cucumber (first cut in half, and scrape out the seeds with a spoon- they can be watery)
-1 medium red onion
-3 cloves of garlic
-1/4 c. white wine vinegar
-1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
-salt and pepper to taste
-several dashes of cayenne pepper
Now, blend everything up! (I used my immersion blender which works like a dream.) Taste it! Add more salt/pepper/cayenne/vinegar/olive oil as needed. Chill the soup (preferably for a couple of hours to let those flavors have a beautiful wedding and marry), and serve cold on a hot summer day or night. You could even bring a thermos of it to something like Screen on the Green – DC’s summer tradition of showing old movies at sundown on the National Mall (Who knew- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! It Happened One Night! SO GOOD! And next week is Psycho…wish me luck.) Take a look! :)
**French phrase for fun!
Allez! Rafraîchissons-nous avec le gaspacho.
Let’s go cool off with some gazpacho.