Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Friday, 6 July 2012

You must be joking soup on a hot sunny day ...



Hello to everyone on this hot hot Friday and practically the weekend ....and on a day like today I think there's nothing better than a chilled soup like Andalusian Gazpacho,a refreshing starter to a meal.



Gazpacho is a traditional dish from Andalusia. Real gazpacho must be super fresh;prepared and eaten the same day.

 Ingredients:
1 kg of tomatoes
½ small onion ( you can add more onion but onions don't like me so I always add a small amount and that way I find I don't get the gripes the next day)
1 small green pepper
1 cucumber
Half small tea cup of olive oil
3 teaspoons of vinegar
150 grams of day-old breadcrumbs soaked in water.
 1 clove of Garlic ( if you like it stronger add more Garlic)
pinch of salt
Separate a small amount of diced tomato, pepper, cucumber and croutons as an individual topping.

Method:
Chop up all the vegetables nice and small.
Liquidize the tomatoes, onions, peppers, vinegar, garlic, oil and the bread.  .You can add water if you want to thin out the mixture or extra bread if you like it thicker.
Pour the Gazpacho into a glass jug or container and place in the fridge straight away.

All ready to go in the fridge

It’s important that you serve the soup very cold, and I mean very cold in fact some people even put a few ice cubes in it when they serve it up. Gazpacho at room temperature is rubbish but Gazpacho very cold is wonderful! 

Fridge with a view
I serve it in prawn cocktail glasses but I leave the glasses, after having being swilled under the cold water tap, in the freezer for about 30 mins beforehand, until they are nicely frosted and then pour in the Gazapacho and sprinkle it with the diced veg and croutons.   
Delicious!!!!


and a very warm welcome to two new followers Deborah at Simply Miss Luelle and Peli at Lovely Mess,thank you for joining me here.

Amanda :-)




31 comments:

  1. Here it is cold, cold, cold - with lots and lots of rain!
    Have a great weekend in the sunshine and think of us poor blighters in Blighty wearing our Winter clobber in Summer!
    June

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  2. Amanda, this looks as yummy as can be. I want to reach into the computer and have a sip. Love your lovely baby outfit from your last post. Happy Weekend,
    Meredith

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  3. It is miserable and wet here - but a bowl of this would cheer up a very dull day. It looks so delicious.

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  4. Sounds lovely and refreshing for a hot summers day, you never know it may happen yet but I'm not holding my breath haha, will bookmark this just in case :)

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  5. Hello Amanda!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving me so nice words! :)
    Your soup sounds very delicious! I will give it a try next week! It is really hot here at my place at the moment!
    Have a great weekend! Love, Barbina

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  6. Dear, lovely Amanda,

    I am thrilled to see your recipe for Gazpacho here. My children are soup lovers - as all good French children should be ;-) - and I have bored them silly with descriptions of the perfect Gazpacho but have failed to make it as every recipe I have come across has left me dubious. Yours, however, looks perfect. So, when my children return for their stay in the UK, I will be takin the icy plunge and following your take on Gazpacho. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    Stephanie

    ps Your comment on my last blog post was simply wonderful. Your words touched me and have helped keep me happily afloat over the past few days. Thank you, Amanda.

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  7. Thank you for the recipe Amanda, I've been seeing versions of this soup all about the place this Summer, now I can try it out for myself!!
    Sue xx

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    1. Hi Sue
      Thanks for commenting. Its really easy to make !

      A x

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  8. I've never tried it, but it looks delicious. Can you send some sunshine over please. x

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  9. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet story! And thank you for a giveaway link. I'm so happy I discovered your blog. You are so talented and I have a lot to learn from you!

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    1. Hello Lena

      Thank you for your comments here and also for joining my blog.


      Amanda :-)

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  10. This looks....gosh....delious!! i have never had anything like this so thanks for sharing... I will surely try this soon!!

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  11. Oh, yum! This would be perfect for my dinner tonight!

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  12. Ooh that looks delicious Amanda! Thank you for sharing the recipe.
    Victoria xx

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  13. Φαίνεται πολύ νόστιμη, στην Ελλάδα έχουμε
    πολλή ζέστη!
    Πολλά φιλιά!

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  14. Mmmmm! That's making my mouth water!!! Looks absolutely delicious!!!
    Carly
    x

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  15. Hi Amanda, confession time! I have never had gazpacho soup!!

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    1. well I hope you do...it is incredibly easy to make but does depend if you like garlic.

      A x

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  16. 6am your time, 2pm my time, Good Morning :) That soup would be lovely on a hot day, not so much here at the moment tho'.
    xxoo Sandi

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    1. goodness and what are you doing up at 2am???? It is a summer soup for sure :-)

      A x

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  17. Hi
    Thanks for your comment and educating me on the rods. I'm tempted to sell them on but they are so nice too! Oh I'm now not sure what to do with them now!I love your blog and I'm going to make a cup of coffee and read the pages. I grew up with a family called Goughs in my home town. Have a lovely weekend Heather xx

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  18. Hello Heather.....and thank you for visiting....my mother's side of the family were Goughs...Gran always used to tell me it meant red headed in Scottish Gaelic but I don't know if that is right or not.
    Hope you enjoy browsing and look forward to you popping in again :-)

    Amanda :-)

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  19. That looks utterly delicious and most refreshing - we are in mid downpour here with barely a glimpse of the sun, but that looks so refreshing (and healthy) that I am going to have to give it a go

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    1. Thanks for popping in here and your comments. Hope you like it!

      Amanda :-)

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  20. Yummy - would prefer it in the winter months though - this weather is getting me down!!

    Kate xx

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  21. Sounds lovely and refreshing on a hot day Amanda......
    I like the idea of the frosty prawn cocktail glasses too.

    Claire :}

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  22. I love cold soup and have been looking for new tomato recipes (my garden's gone berserk!) This sounds so good! Thanks!

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    1. Hello Laurel
      Thank you so much for these comments. It's so incredibly easy to make and its perfect if you have a glut of tomatoes to use up.
      You just must make sure its served really cold and then its delicious.

      Keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  23. You know, I've never had gazpacho! Wow, I've got to try this. I love soup. Thanks for joining my party!
    Brenda

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  24. Amanda, I am so glad I found your blog! Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I was just in Madrid last month and my sister in law made me a very nice glass of gazpacho! So good! LOL I am your new follower! By the way, you are so lucky to be living in Alicante!

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I love to receive your comments and I read all of them. Unfortunately real life does get in the way sometimes, so as much as I would like to I cannot always reply to every comment, however I do my very best to keep in touch.

Amanda :-)

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