Friday, August 31, 2007

For the love of Tomatoes

As we near the cusp of Summer we are seeing a gallery of wonderful fruits and vegetables in local Farmers Markets as well as the corner grocery store. By far, the most outstanding pick this week is the tomato….and for that, I give you this recipe for Gazpacho…..a wonderful cold tomato soup. There are many recipes for Gazpacho, but this version delights in a Thai twist to include lemon grass and ginger. The flavors meld unbelievably.

4 large ripe tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
2 stalks lemongrass
1 piece fresh ginger – thumb-sized
Juice of 4 limes
Salt to taste, 1 teaspoon superfine sugar (or Splenda).
1 small white onion, peeled
1 ripe avocado
½ lemon

Blanch 3 tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute. Rinse under cold water, remove skins, wrap in plastic, put in refrigerator for 1 hour until thoroughly chilled.
Quarter & seed the 3 tomatoes over a bowl, strain, reserve any juice. Peel, seed and coarsely chop cucumber.
Remove woody outer layer of lemongrass. Use only finest white heart – mince finely. Peel and coarsely chop ginger.
In blender combine 3 tomatoes, juice, cucumbers, lemongrass, ginger, lime juice and salt and sugar – whiz until blended and smooth. Refrigerate.
Seed and dice remaining tomato, onion, & ½ avocado, and combine with juice of ½ lemon and set aside.
Pour Gazpacho into 4 bowls. Add a tablespoon-sized scoop of avocado atop each then atop that add the tomato/onion/avocado salsa. Serve at once or chill until serving.


ritu said...

ciao Rebecca..
sounds delicious. In fact I was in Barcelona and was trying a varietal of Gazpacho everyday. One interesting one was with yellow cherry tomatoes.

I must admit in the current period I like adding some asian influences in what ever I am cooking, and I like the Idea of Lemon grass here.. well Sunday lunch is sorted for my partner and me..

The Passionate Palate said...

Very interesting twist, R. It sounds really refreshing.

african vanielje said...

this sounds like a fantastic gazpacho recipe Bec. Like th e new camera, have fun