Spanish Food - How To Make Spicy Gazpacho Soup.

Home-made soups are so good for you - all that nourishing stock and chock-a-block full of vitamins and minerals.

But ... who on earth could face boiling bones for hours on end during the scorching Spanish summer weather, not to mention preparing the soup once the stock is made? I don´t think it would tickle anybody´s fancy to then have to tuck into a piping-hot soup!

For this reason, the Spanish came up with their wonderful, ice-cold soup - gazpacho - beautifully colorful, packed with goodness, cheap and simple to prepare, no cooking and ... most important of all, an absolute delight to drink.

Traditional gazpacho originates from romantic Andalucia - that large, exotic southerly region of Spain which is home to such extensive Arabic influence.

The chilled, raw soup was originally made by pounding bread and garlic with tomatoes, cucumber and peppers but, nowadays, your electric blender renders this effortless! Olive oil endows it with a smooth, creamy consistency and vinegar adds a refreshing tang - just what you need when life gets too hot to handle!

The spicy soup should be served in true Spanish style with small bowls of accompaniments - finely chopped peppers, cucumber, onion ... even hard-boiled eggs and croutons, if you feel up to it! Guests will then sprinkle what appeals to them on the soup.

Traditional gazpacho is tomato-based, with most Spanish families having developed their own, unique recipes. However, nowadays, you will also find gazpacho recipes that have nothing to do with tomatoes - white, almond-based gazpachos, fruit-based gazpachos, etc.

Do you suffer from insomnia? Could be that drinking gazpacho is the answer, for in Pedro Almodovar´s 1987 film "Mujeres Al Borde De Un Ataque De Nervios", various characters help themselves to the soup and promptly fall asleep!

However, don´t fall asleep just yet as you haven´t read over the recipe!

Ingrediants for 4 servings:

- 4 ripe tomatoes - 1 onion - ½ red pepper - ½ green pepper - ½ cucumber - 3 cloves garlic - 50 g bread - 3 dessertspoons vinegar - 8 dessertspoons olive oil - Water - Salt/pepper - ¼ chilli pepper (optional)

Garnishings:

- 2 hard-boiled eggs - ½ finely chopped onion - ½ finely chopped red pepper - ½ finely chopped green pepper - ½ finely chopped cucumber

Method:

1. Break up bread and soak in water for 30 minutes.

2. Skin tomatoes, remove seeds and stalks from peppers.

3. Peel cucumber, onion and garlic.

4. Chop onion, garlic, tomatoes, peppers and cucumber.

5. Place in electric blender.

6. Squeeze out excess water from bread and add to blender.

7. Add oil and vinegar.

8. Blend well.

9. If necessary, add sufficient water for soup-like consistency.

10. Pour into a bowl with ice cubes.

11. Fridge for a couple of hours.

12. Serve in bowls, with garnishings in separate dishes.

Gazpacho is best enjoyed sitting in the shade, looking out onto an azure sea, blue sky and golden sun and sands!

Linda Plummer is webmistress of the site: http://www.top-tour-of-spain.com which provides a wide range of information regarding Spain and the Spanish language.

In The News:

16 Best Whole30 Fish Recipes - Whole30 Seafood Recipes  Men's HealthFish doesn't have to be boring at all. With these 16 healthy, Whole30-friendly recipes, you're not skimping on taste one bit.
Recipes include meatless options  The Hillsdale Daily NewsDear Lynn,I'm looking for a good pound cake recipe. Would everyone please share their favorites?— Peg, from MontpelierLisa from Caro likes to make her ...
Easy dinner recipes: Pasta shells with lamb and peas  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionWhen you think of a pantry pasta recipe, you likely think of heating up a jar of marinara sauce and...
Chicken, chickpeas, checkmate: An easy, game-changing dinner for two  Richmond.comChicken and chickpeas are getting to be pretty good teammates, paired in recipes by Martha Stewart, Tori Avey, Bon Appétit and the Food Network, not to ...
Muffin Mania: Three surefire recipes for National Muffin Day  The MercuryOooh! That looks so good,” raved a shopper, pointing to the display case. “What is it?”
Samah Dada's gluten-free snickerdoodle bar recipe  TODAYMake Samah Dada's easy snickerdoodle cookie bar recipe. They are gluten-free and free of dairy but incredibly delicious.
‘Red Hot Kitchen’ offers recipes with plenty of heat and layers of flavor  The Boston GlobeCookbook author Diana Kuan offers dishes made with one of nine Asian chile sauces. Make your own sauces (or buy them) for these intriguing, cross-cultural ...
30-Minute Egyptian Koshary Bowls recipes  Stripes JapanWhat is Koshary you ask? It's Egypt's national dish. It's Egyptian street food. It's Egyptian comfort food.
Recipes to help those with diabetes enjoy Valentine's Day  Litchfield County TimesValentine's Day is in the air. Last week's column featured recipes for some sweet and decadent treats. Keep in mind, however, those with allergies and special ...
Test Kitchen recipe: Country star Martina McBride puts a fresh spin on tomato soup, grilled cheese with bacon  Longview Daily NewsLately, I've been on a bacon spree. I've scored some darn good sales at several local grocery stores.
Meatball recipe has roots in Africa  York DispatchCooking helped me identify myself and find my way back to my roots,” Evi Aki writes in the introduction to her new cookbook, “Flavors of Africa.”
Meera Sodha’s recipe for vegan saag aloo  The GuardianA tried-and-tested recipe for potato and spinach curry with added spiced aubergine.
4 Simple Breakfast Recipes You Can Quickly Meal Prep This Week  EssenceThese quick and delicious breakfast recipes can be meal prepped in advance, saving you time and money all week long.
Slime Spectacular: 22 Simple Slime Recipes to Dazzle Your Friends  Mint Hill TimesGabrielle Elizabeth Brown, is a 12 year old home schooled pre-teen who was born and bred in Mint Hill, has recently authored a new book entitled, Slime ...
15 Rich, Dairy-Free Recipes for Chocolate Mint Day  One Green PlanetSome foods are just meant to go together, such as the case with chocolate and mint! Try these 15 rich recipes from our Food Monster App this National ...
RECIPES: Turn one rotisserie chicken into two taco dinners  Arkansas OnlineI don't need to spend much time examining why you should pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, do I? Obviously, it's faster than roasting a chicken at ...
Four winter pasta recipes from the kitchens of Bancone  The GuardianLamb ragù pappardelle, shrimp tagliolini with seaweed butter, chestnut tagliatelle and a novel way to cook lasagne sheets.
Kid-friendly recipes: Gnocchi and carrot cake sandwich cookies  TODAYAlejandra Ramos makes cooking fun and easy for kids with ricotta gnocchi and frosting-filled carrot cake sandwich cookies.
Comforting casseroles to warm you up on a chilly night  The Washington PostCasseroles have a way of conjuring both comfort and retro ways with cream of mushroom soup. Here to bridge that gap are these recipes from our archives: ...
Behind the NYT Cooking Section That’s All About Ditching the Recipe  New York TimesThe Times's no-recipe recipes, which invite readers to wing it in the kitchen and tailor recipes to their tastes, started on a whim back in 2014.
How recipes like Alison Roman’s cookies and chickpea stew went viral  Vox.comYou could say Alison Roman has a knack for developing recipes that will break the internet. In the fall of 2017, Roman, a food writer, released her first cookbook, ...
Nigel Slater’s sherry recipes  The GuardianSo much more than a pre-dinner tipple, sherry adds depth and subtle flavour dishes both savoury and sweet, says Nigel Slater.
Nothing says I love you like a diner dinner: Valentine’s recipes from Anna Jones  The GuardianA tofu melt sandwich inspired by When Harry Met Sally, and a blockbuster cherry-chocolate ice-cream sundae to finish.
Cook Without a Recipe!  The New York TimesWe've built an entire section around improvising in the kitchen.
3 Broccoli Recipes That Will Make You Fall In Love With The Veggie  NDTV FoodBroccoli happens to one of those vegetables who dont seem to have much of a fan following, probably because of its distinct taste and appearance. However ...
With this simple recipe, you'll wonder why it took you so long to make butter chicken from scratch  Fredericksburg.comCopycat recipes and cookbooks full of them are a dime a dozen. Whether it's because of nostalgia, a favorite meal or just the appeal of a challenge, there's no ...
Taste testing the best supermarket brand coffee and recipes for National Grapefruit Month  WGN Radio - ChicagoThis week on Food Time: Gwen Ihnat, deputy managing editor of The Takeout, drops by in-studio to give you the verdict on the best tasting supermarket brand ...
Yotam Ottolenghi’s Valentine’s Day recipes  The GuardianUnconventional Valentine's recipes for confit duck legs with herby roast kohlrabi, topped off with a fragrant coffee cream pud to give your evening a lift.
8 Simple Chicken Recipes For Those Who Are Lazy But Love Meat  ScoopWhoop1. Paprika Roast Chicken is full of flavours and it is perfect for a Sunday dinner with family. Click here to see the recipe. Source: cinemandspice.com ...
Recipes: How to turn a rotisserie chicken into taco dinners  The Providence JournalYou could add some rotisserie chicken meat to a warm tortilla and top with a salsa of your choice, but let's dig a little deeper, shall we? Because you're starting ...
Romantic recipes and wine pairings for Valentine's Day  TODAYLeslie Sbrocco and Ryan Scott pair romantic recipes with perfect wine picks for a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner.
Singing cook launches new recipe book at Fringe  InDailyAfter a whirlwind European tour, performer and foodie Michelle Pearson has returned to the Adelaide Fringe to release a new cookbook from her popular ...
Win free recipe book with dishes from chefs like Kunal Kapoor & Vikas Khanna on TimesPoints  Times of IndiaBest Products News: Dineout – India's largest dining-out platform – presents the book named Secret Recipes: Iconic Restaurants Dishes of 2018 and How to ...
The right recipe for Valentine’s Day — whether you love it or love it not  The Washington PostA special recipe for nearly everyone, even the haters.
Harriet Birrell's delicious dal bowl recipe  The GuardianEasy to digest and guaranteed to satisfy the grumbliest of stomachs, dal with steamed rice is a nutritious dinner option.
Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Chocolate Hazelnut Spread  LeaflyFood and cannabis can be the perfect match. But, let's be real here: certain kinds of food tend to rule them all—chocolate and hazelnuts being at the top. Nutty ...
The Japanese Spice Blend Taking Over America  BloombergChefs embrace the spicy-herbal-citrusy hit of shichimi togarashi in everything from salad to seafood to cocktails.
Nigel Slater’s marvellous mussels recipes  The GuardianFrom pies to salads, these tiny shellfish add a special note to supper. By Nigel Slater.
Blasting Away The Winter Blues, One Awesome Recipe at a Time  The Jewish Press - JewishPress.comIf you have ever seen the musical Oliver in any of its various presentations, you are no doubt familiar with the song Food, Glorious, Food, an anthem to eating ...
Pako Festa 2019: recipes cards spread diverse tastes to Geelong foodies  Geelong AdvertiserPAKO Festa punters will taste a myriad of cultures on Saturday, thanks to a free festival initiative sure to have foodies licking their lips.
Recipe Swap: Burrito bowl loads up on healthy vegetables  Greensboro News & RecordThis recipe for a burrito bowl strays so far from the Tex-Mex burrito we might just call it something else entirely.
Apple filo pastry tart  goodtoknowThe sweet rose flavour compliments the nuttiness in this quick to make and impressive apple filo pastry tart.
7 Easy Instant Pot Recipes That Only Need 3 Ingredients  BustlePeeking into a nearly empty pantry you might assume that there's nothing to make. But things are not as they seem! Resist the urge to order in for your meal and ...
Vinny's Pizza & More bringing signature recipes to Kenmore  kentonbeeKenmore residents have a new pizza option to explore in Vinny's Pizza & More. General manager Jim Donovan aims to offer authentic recipes and then some to ...
4 Easy Winter Recipes for Your Next Dinner Party  Bon AppetitOn frigid winter nights, it's all too easy to order takeout and hide under the covers until the first signs of spring thaw out our social lives. But a cozy, winter dinner ...
Recipe: Crawfish Gumbo  San Antonio Express-NewsCrawfish and shrimp join for a flavorful Creole stew.
Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Pea Salad  Richmond.comThere is a salad on our table almost every single night. Usually it's lettuce. More often than not, it's just a bowl of slivered romaine with a tart vinaigrette. Super.
Recipe: Crawfish Jambalaya Rice Dressing  San Antonio Express-News1 ½ cups uncooked long-grain rice. 1 pound crawfish tails, thawed, with the fat. 1 can cream of mushroom soup. 1 can cream of onion soup. ½ cup chopped bell ...
Recipe: Crawfish and Cream Over Pasta  San Antonio Express-NewsPasta in a crawfish cream sauce has become a New Orleans favorite.
Jill Dillard Tackles the Kitchen: Four Recipes That You Probably Don't Want to Try  The Cheat SheetJill Dillard is blogging her culinary adventures, and not all of the recipes are a hit with readers. Find out more about the mother of two's kitchen nightmares.
Top chili, soup recipes named  Elkin Jonesville TribuneJONESVILLE — The Jonesville Public Library hosted a cook-off fundraiser recently, with winners named for best chili and best soup.First-place chili winner ...
Recipe: Crawfish Succotash  San Antonio Express-News6 tablespoons unsalted butter. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced. ½ red onion, diced. 4 cloves garlic, minced. 2 cups *fresh* or thawed frozen lima beans.
How to cook the perfect marmalade sponge – recipe  The GuardianThis deliciously citrussy pudding, with its jammy, caramelised top, is just the ticket for a cold winter's evening.
Recipe: Calcutta Cauliflower  San Antonio Express-News1 head medium-size cauliflower Salt Pinch of turmeric 3-4 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoon amchur (sundried mango) 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro Peanut ...
Anna Jones’ recipes for pea and potato traybake, and coconut soup  The GuardianFrozen peas are a hero ingredient in winter: try them in this potato and feta traybake and a speedy coconut soup.
Need a new vegetarian recipe? Try rustic lentils on couscous  The Daily HeraldIf you're not a fan of small pasta balls, then you can substitute hot, cooked brown rice or quinoa.
RECIPE: Fruity Pebbles French toast  KPRC Click2HoustonHOUSTON - Breakfast can be predictable, which is why people are always looking for fun and tasty ideas the kids will love. Chef Peter Petro, from the popular ...
5 Recipes to Help Fuel Your Winter Outdoor Adventures  HealthlineOnce the cold and wet weather arrives, it can feel almost impossible to leave the house. But science shows that even during the winter months it's important for ...
COMMENTARY: A recipe for food appropriation?  TheChronicleHerald.caThe overpowering plant-based narrative is clearly helping lentils, chickpeas and soya win the proteins wars. With the publication of the new food guide, Canada ...
These 3 Sex Spells Will Bewitch Your Bedroom and Take Your Love to Magical New Heights  POPSUGAR UKSex is a powerful thing; some may even call it magic. With this notion, it could even be deemed witchcraft, making it the perfect match for a spell or two.
Anna Jones’ turmeric recipes  The GuardianAdd a little sunshine to your day with a bowl of golden turmeric and ginger udon noodle soup, or a pot of turmeric tea.
20 of the Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes to Make Your Life Easier  ParadeSlow cooker chicken recipes are perfect for busy nights. Toss everything into your crockpot and come home to a hot and delicious dinner ready and waiting for ...
Four recipes for warming Indian soups  The GuardianThe humble potato shines through in this dish, with a little help from green chillies and *fresh* coriander. They give the soup not only a beautiful colour, but also a ...
Felicity Cloake’s recipe for toad in the hole  The GuardianSausages in batter with onion gravy: the definitive take on a homely classic.
Recipes: Sam Mannering's soft fish tortillas  Stuff.co.nzRoll them, stuff them: it really is that easy. Tortillas are happy to make friends with any number of fillings.
Nigel Slater’s warming winter soup and cake recipes  The GuardianSpicy lentils, sweet potatoes and glorious apple and ginger cake custard. By Nigel Slater.
Lee's Summit cook shares her 'Best Ever' Pound Cake recipe that needs no frosting  Kansas City StarMarilyn Bosso of Lee's Summit said she and a friend traded this pound cake recipe back and forth many times to perfect it. She makes it in a cherised Bundt pan.
Spaghetti pie is a genius recipe I learned from an idiot  The TakeoutI miss Paul Longobardi. He's not dead, I just don't know where he is. The last time I saw Paul he was dressed in full military garb at a Coney Island restaurant in ...
Malaysian curry, Sriracha-roasted cauliflower and other recipes for spicy-food lovers  The Washington PostWhile we generally enjoy spicy foods year round, the time feels right to invigorate our taste buds with something fiery. Fair warning: These recipes are not for the ...
20 best egg recipes: part 1  The GuardianElizabeth David's simple yet delicious omelette Molière and Simon Hokpinson's guide to boiling the perfect egg – our favourite recipes using that most essential ...
Skip the Crowds and Make a Healthy Valentine's Meal at Home With These Delicious Recipes  POPSUGARBetween the chocolates and the wine, you may need a light, nutrient-rich dinner to balance things out this Valentine's Day. There might be no better way to.
Resident Evil 2 Recipes and combining ingredients guide  PolygonRaccoon City is a pretty inhospitable place in Resident Evil 2, since it's full of zombies and monsters and giant, evil corporations. You'll find a lot of supplies to ...
CattleWomen’s Corner: Recipe offered for savory beef goulash  Red Bluff Daily NewsThis savory beef goulash recipe is from the California Beef Council. 1 pound lean beef stew. 3/4 pound potatoes, 2 medium. 1 1/2 cups chopped onion.
Recipes: Sam Mannering's guide to smoothies  Stuff.co.nzIt easy to be a smoothie operator – and delicious, too.
What I Learned About the CIA From Cooking the Declassified Recipe for Soviet Borscht  Pacific StandardThe problem for people who care about government transparency is that the CIA's efforts to conceal history go far beyond soup.
Recipe: Crawfish Cornbread  San Antonio Express-NewsEasy, cheesy cornbread studded with crawfish and full of Cajun sass.
'Cookie lady' bakes 140,000 cookies for sick kids, gets recipe in forthcoming storybook  CBC.caSome call Valda Craig the cookie lady. She bakes cookies for sick kids and their families — more than 100000 and counting — and now one of her recipes will ...
Recipe: Elemental Granola (With Pistachios, Dried Cherries and Vanilla)  Health Essentials from Cleveland ClinicWhole grains, like the oats in this recipe, are high in fiber and important elements in the Mediterranean diet. Full of nuts and seeds, this recipe from Marwan ...
Joy Bauer Wine Country Cook-off — share your recipe for a chance to win a trip  TODAYNutritionist Joy Bauer wants to see your healthy recipes. She'll pick a winner to join her on a trip.
Chicken and Rice Soup with Garlicky Chile Oil  Bon AppetitThis comforting chicken soup tastes like it took hours to make but comes together in a flash. Simmering a handful of uncooked rice directly into soup is a great ...
Reader Recipe: Pretzel Snack | Recipes | siouxcityjournal.com  Sioux City JournalSubmitted by Esther Warntjes of Sheldon, Iowa. 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix. 1/2 tsp. dill weed. 1.2 garlic powder. 1 C. vegetable oil. 1 lbs. round pretzels.
46 sweet and savoury stonefruit recipes  Good FoodLots and lots of apricots (and plums, peaches and nectarines). 46 ways to the most of the stonefruit season.
Ginger pork recipe, plus how to use the spice in different foods  The Weekly TimesGINGER has long been a component of Asian cooking, however it can create a wonderful taste sensation in all kinds of dishes — including in soups, desserts ...
Follow recipes from actor Chris Hemsworth’s new health and fitness app, Centr  Courier MailCHRIS Hemsworth's famed ripped physique was back on show at Byron Bay beaches over the weekend — and now the Australian actor is offering a glimpse at ...
Four Oscar-worthy cocktail recipes from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street  The Boston GlobeFun twists on classic drinks make for a festive evening.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's veg-packed dishes for kids  The GuardianBeetroot and walnut hummus, macaroni peas, rosemary polenta and roast roots frittata: if these don't convince them, nothing will.
Chew On This: Does First Pimento Cheese Recipe Hail from Here?  Free TimesEsoteric Columbia, a blog dedicated to random fun facts about Columbia, may have found proof that our fair city is home to the first recorded pimento cheese ...
DC pastry chef's recipe books stolen in car break-in  WJLAWASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC7) — The search is on for a local pastry chef's most prized possession: her handwritten cookbooks, full of some of her favorite ...
Nigel Slater’s cod cheeks, pancetta and tomato recipe  The GuardianCut 300g of smoked pancetta into small dice, each piece measuring roughly 2cm. Warm 2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan, add the pancetta and let it cook over a ...

Fast Food at Home

Kids have to eat. Three meals a day, every day.... Read More

Cookbook Publishing - The Basic Ingredients and the Secrets to Success

You are about to embark on the most exciting enterprise... Read More

Simply Salads

"It is just sensible."exclaimed my friend. She was referring to... Read More

Shrimp Scampi Recipes

Many people have different ideas on how to prepare great... Read More

Mrs. Butters? Secret Key Lime Pie Recipe

"Frozen Key Lime Pie recipe?" Fern Butters asked. "Child, I'll... Read More

Weight Loss Recipe: Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

Just because you are watching your weight, doesn't mean the... Read More

Boneless Prime Roast Recipe

When it comes to prime rib and there are two... Read More

Dining With The Romans

Numerius was a slave and ate one meal a day... Read More

Spanish Food - The Tasty Tortilla

It certainly is a poor man or woman who cannot... Read More

Chocolate Tasting Techniques

First of all start with an empty stomach. This has... Read More

Spinach Salad with Mango and Papaya

This is a great summer salad, leaving you refreshed even... Read More

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Homemade cookies from scratch in 20 minutes!!? 2 six-ounce packages... Read More

How to Prepare the Perfect Garlic Lemon Chicken

If you want to prepare the perfect garlic lemon chicken... Read More

Sot Suppe (Norwegian Sweet Soup)

My mother was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded... Read More

Spanish Food - How To Prepare Boquerones

Whilst on your travels in Spain and pausing to take... Read More

Easy No-Roll Pie Crust

EASY No-Roll Pie Crust3 cups flour1 teaspoon salt2 teaspoons sugar2/3... Read More

African Bean Soup

Yoruba ethnic group from the Southwestern part of Nigeria call... Read More

Banana Pudding and Vanilla Wafers... the Perfect Crowd Pleaser!

Next time someone signs you up for "dessert duty" at... Read More

Limes

Limes were originally grown in Asia,introduced by the Arab traders... Read More

Stuffed Shrimp Recipes

Stuffed shrimp recipes will help you celebrate any special occasion... Read More

Shake Things Up With Fun Milkshakes

Milkshakes have been around since the old days of drugstore... Read More

Noodles

Different cultures have their own way of taking some water... Read More

How to Make Kaiser Rolls

Want to impress your family and friends at the next... Read More

Summer Basil Pasta Salad

With the long hot days of summer, you will find... Read More

Cool Snacks for a Hot Summer

Beat the heat with these cool summer treats!Mouse PopsiclesIt's not... Read More