Dining al Desko: Gazpacho

Now that school’s started and everyone is back into their regular routine, we’re already thinking about winter meals, however, when you look outside, the sun is still blazing and there are still a few of those local summer tomatoes to be had. Make the most of them with this easy cold soup that is great as an after-school meal and travels really well the following day and can be enjoyed al desko. Keep in vegan with croutons and nuts to garnish or if you want more protein in your diet top with a hard-boiled egg.

Ingredients

  • 1kg tomatoes
  • 2 slices Maltese bread
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ small cucumber
  • ½ green pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 4 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • Fresh pepper
  • For Garnish
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Diced cucumber
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Croutons
  • Almonds
  • Basil leaves
  • Olive oil

Method

  1. Remove the crusts from the bread and discard.
  2. Tear the white parts of the bread and soak in water for 10 mins while you prepare the rest of the veg.
  3. Chop the tomatoes, cucumber and green peppers into rough pieces.
  4. Place in a food processor with the garlic.
  5. Squeeze the liquid out of the bread, reserving the liquid, and add to the food processor.
  6. Add the salt, pepper, oil and vinegar along with half a cup of the liquid the bread was soaking in.
  7. Blitz until smooth.
  8. Pass through a sieve if you prefer a smoother soup or leave a few chunks for a more rustic dish.
  9. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  10. Top with any garnish of your choice and serve.

Monique Chambers
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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