Gazpacho with garlic cream
‘A cooked tomato is like a cooked oyster: ruined.’ André Simon, wine writer
Today was a perfect summer day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the breeze smelt of rose bouquets. I couldn’t think of a better lunch than having a bowl of chilled gazpacho, the summer soup.
I somehow feel like a ‘Bewitched’ character when I prepare this soup – there is something so ceremonial about the green and red color combination, and I love to casually throw in the vegetables in a large pot, letting the food processor perform all its magic for me. The result is a poignant soup bursting with tangy flavors, so healthy and filled with sunshine. I love adding the garlic cream and home-made croutons – it’s a real treat.
Ingredients: (serves 4 to 6)
5 tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
1 red pepper, de-seeded and diced
1 cucumber, peeled, de-seeded and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, chopped
3 slices of stale white bread
150 ml extra-virgin olive oil
40 ml milk
1 tsp tabasco
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix the diced tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber, celery, onion, shredded bread, olive oil, milk, tabasco, vinegar and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Blend until smooth, add salt and vinegar to taste. Mix well. If you prefer a more ‘liquid’ consistency, add a little water. Keep chilled until serving time.
1 clove of garlic, minced
100 ml double or single cream
Mince garlic with garlic crusher. In a small bowl, mix cream and crushed garlic, stir well. Pass the sauce through a sieve. Set aside and keep cool.
1/2 stale baguette bread
70 ml olive oil
1 clove garlic, sliced finely
Salt to taste
Preheat oven 180° C/350 F. Slice stale baguette bread into cubes. In a large bowl, mix cubed bread, olive oil, garlic and salt. Place on parchment covered baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool.
Serve chilled gazpacho soup with garlic cream (drizzled) and croutons.
So beautiful. I love the pictures and the fresh recipe. Thank you for sharing so much beauty!
gazpacho is perfect fare for these hot NYC days and with no AC I have no desire to turn on the oven.
I can’t wait to try this!
This looks and sounds wonderful! I’ve wanted to try gazpacho for a while. Thanks for the recipe and for such a great blog!
I’ve just discovered your blog…it is so delightful. I love the wonderful recipes the photography and your lifestyle in the country sounds beautiful. xxx
I love Gazpacho such a refreshing summer soup, I think this garlic cream will make it even more luscious! Mimi I linked your fabulous blog today on my post I found you through Decade Diary I also linked Oddur”s wonderful photography blog…such a talented family Brava!
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Hello Carla! Thank you so much for visiting my blog – I hope you will enjoy the gazpacho! And merci for the link – I really appreciate it! Warm regards from Médoc, mimix
WOW amazing work here!!
Thank you Carol! I just looked at your blog! Are those your illustrations? You are so talented! Mimix
Oh punaise! That was what I thought immediately when I saw your blog thanks to Carla’s. Wow. Stunning and beautifully written and delivered. A real treat…merci.