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Gazpacho

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While driving the other day, my daughter and I pulled into a roadside farm stand. There was the sweetest and most adorable older woman proudly arranging her tomatoes. For every basket my eyes landed on, she’d say, “Go ahead and try one!” That sweet lady knows exactly what she’s doing. I walked away with more tomatoes than I knew what to do with! I’m a sucker for sweet face.

I owe her, though. She gave me an excuse to finally make gazpacho. A chilled tomato soup that I could eat every day. I haven’t made it in ages because…well…my family says they don’t like it. I made it anyway.

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Gazpacho has so many variations. I’d eat any one of them. Although, I will say, recipes calling for tomato juice…hmmm…not so much. I’ve interpreted my own idea of gazpacho many times, but this…this is my favorite. This recipe is based on the authentic preparation of gazpacho, but with a twist or two. Authentic Andalusian gazpacho, where it originates, uses bread to give the soup body and subtle flavor. The bread is traditionally soaked with water for about thirty minutes then drained before being processed with the tomatoes. I omit the water and instead, use the juices from the tomato. It’s wonderful, fresh, summery, and filling. I’m in love with this recipe.

And guess what? So is my family.

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Gazpacho

3 to 4 1″ slices of a crusty baguette (See Notes)
2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, cored and cut in half
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Garnish with…
finely diced avocado
finely diced cucumber
finely diced red onion
grape or cherry tomato slices
a few sprigs of fresh lemon thyme (try regular thyme or basil if you’d like)
freshly ground black pepper
a squeeze of fresh lime
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Place the bread slices in a medium bowl topped with a fine mesh sieve. Squeeze the tomato halves over the sieve to remove the seeds and allow the juices to run into the bowl with the bread. Place the tomatoes into the pitcher of your blender as you work. Press the seeds and any pulp through the sieve using a rubber spatula or your hands. Allow the bread to soak in the tomato juice for about 20 to 30 minutes.

In two or more batches, process the tomatoes, the bread and the rest of the ingredients in the blender on its highest speed until smooth. Pour each batch into a large serving bowl. Once done, use a whisk to bring it all together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Serve in chilled bowls and garnish with your favorites!

Serves 4

Adapted from Gazpacho Andaluz | Saveur

Notes

  • Use your favorite crusty baguette. I love using a sourdough. Its tartness just complements this perfectly.
  • Traditionally, the crust is removed from the bread before soaking. I like to use the crust. I think it adds body and flavor.
  • Serve this as a light dinner or serve it as an appetizer in shot glasses with some colorful garnishes!
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    Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers

    Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

    When I was recently asked if I’d review Donna Hay’s newest book Fresh and Light, I have to admit to jumping out of my office chair and doing a little dance! I’ve been a huge fan of Donna’s for a while now. Donna Hay is Australia’s leading food editor, author and publisher. Not only does she publish her own Donna Hay Magazine, but she’s the author of twenty cookbooks, a weekly newspaper column and a creator of beautiful homewares, with her own general store in Sydney. What has always drawn me to her work is her approach to using fresh and seasonal ingredients in creating beautiful and simple recipes. This book is no exception. In fact, this book is the epitome of fresh, simple and healthy.

    The book itself is really beautiful. Its full-sized, lush images will have you battling between running into the kitchen to get cooking or lingering in your chair to devour each page. Each dish is photographed so beautifully…simple and elegant. Yet, her creative flair doesn’t leave you feeling inadequate or incapable of reproducing these recipes. In fact, they leave you inspired and finding that there is nothing more gorgeous (or doable) than pure simplicity.

    Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

    I found the format of the book really interesting. I love that within each section, Donna gives you six variations on several recipes. For example, she gives you her basic frittata recipe on one page, then in just a flip, you’ve got two pages of full size images of six mouthwatering frittatas with simple adaptations below. And, isn’t that they way we all cook? We all have our go-to recipes that we change up with different seasonal ingredients. This book gives you more of those great recipes that you’ll use over and over again.

    Donna Hay's Fresh and Light Review

    The most difficult part of reviewing this book was choosing one recipe to adapt. After bookmarking some favorites with sticky notes, the book began to look more like a flower. I finally chose this quinoa and chickpea burger because I’ve been searching for a great veggie burger recipe for the longest time. I love veggie based burgers. They can be really versatile and they are such a great way to incorporate plant based ingredients and reduce the amount of meat we eat. I was really happy with this recipe. There are so many flavorful elements between the cumin, cilantro and jalapeño. The Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise is the perfect accompaniment with its fresh herb and citrusy flavor. We will be making these often.

    I’d love to share a copy of this wonderful book with one of you. Harper Collins and Donna Hay generously agreed to send one of my readers a copy of their own. Enter here!

    Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers with Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

    Adapted slightly from Donna Hay, Fresh and Light

    1/2 C. white quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh sieve
    1 C. vegetable stock
    2 slices whole wheat bread
    16 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
    1 egg
    1/4 C. cilantro leaves
    1 t. ground cumin
    1 small jalapeño, chopped
    1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
    sea salt
    black pepper
    olive oil, for brushing
    4 whole wheat flatbreads
    mixed greens, tomato slices and avocado for serving
    Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise (recipe below)

    Combine the quinoa and vegetable stock in a small covered saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside and cool slightly.

    In a food processor, add the whole wheat bread slices. Pulse until you get fine breadcrumbs. Add the chickpeas, quinoa, egg, cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, red pepper, sea salt and pepper. Process in short bursts until finely chopped. You can divide the mixture into 4 large patties or into 8 smaller ones. Brush each pat tie with some olive oil and place in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side.

    Serve over flatbread with mixed greens, tomato, avocado and Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise.

    Serves 4

    Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

    1/3 C. mayonnaise
    juice of one lime
    1/8 C. cilantro leaves
    sea salt
    black pepper

    Combine ingredients in a blender or use a hand blender. Process until smooth.

    Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

    Notes:

    • These burgers can be made in advance and reheated. Either pop them into a hot oven for about 5 minutes or in a fry pan over medium heat. They are just as wonderful!
    • If you’d rather not eat them with flatbread, try topping some mixed greens off with the burger, adding some chopped tomato and cubes of avocado then drizzle the top with the mayo. That’s what I had for lunch today…delicious!
    • Donna makes her own tofu mayo that sounds incredible! I just used regular mayonnaise made with olive oil. If you’d like to lighten things up a bit, use a nice thick Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise. I’ve made it both ways!

     

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    Berry Frozen Yogurt from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

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    Mixed Berry Cobbler from Sugar Dish Me

    Twice Cooked Quinoa with Chipotle and Lime Chicken from A Family Feast