Gazpacho Andaluz (Cold Tomato Soup)

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I don’t know about you but I’m craving for salad, cold soups, refreshing beverages, ice cream… It’s getting hot in here! 😀

Gazpacho is usually served as an appetizer, but I also like to eat it as a light dinner. It’s fresh, kinda sour and with the special touch which the little diced ingredients inside give to it, it’s just perfect! This soup is so easy and refreshing that when you try it you are not going to want to eat anything else during tomato season.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients for 8-10 servings

  • 1 kg tomatoes
  • 400 gr cucumber
  • 200 gr green pepper
  • 200 gr onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50 ml Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 25 ml sherry vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • For the garnish, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, shallot onion and ciabatta bread

Preparation

Cut the tomatoes in quarters and remove the seeds. In a food processor or blender, place the tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar and Extra Virgin olive oil. Blend everything thoroughly. If needed, add a little bit of water for desired consistency.

For the garnish, dice the tomato, cucumber, green pepper and shallot onion. Dice also the ciabatta bread and then fry to make your own croutons.

Serve cold with garnishes on the side so each guest can “pimp” their soup.

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Zucchini Tortilla

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So… the summer is coming and with it, the pressure of losing some pounds. I’ve been thinking of some recipes that are low in carbs but also appealing, so I don’t have that urge of cheating and eat a bag of chips. When I’m trying to eat better, what helps me is making a weekly plan of what I want to eat and buying everything at once, so I always have something there to eat. Going every second day to the supermarket is just too much temptation for me.

My parents have a vegetable garden at home so I’ve grown up eating lots of vegetables, though just those in season. So when the summer comes I know is zucchini time! That means I’ll end up eating zucchini in every form and stage of growth, nearly every day. Tortilla is one of them, and also my favorite, toping even cheese filled zucchini flowers in tempura, and those are not easy to top 😉

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Ingredients for a 23cm skillet

  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 5 eggs
  • oil, salt and pepper

Preparation

Heat some of the olive oil in the skillet. Add half of the sliced zucchini and onions mix and cook this over medium heat, stirring the mixture every once in a while until the zucchini are tender but not browned. It’s best to do it in two batches so it doesn’t take ages for the zucchini to lose water.

When done, drain the mixture and reserve the oil. This oil can be used later for cooking something else. Let the mixture cool down a little bit. Meanwhile beat the eggs in a bowl (traditionally with a fork), add the mixture to the beaten eggs and season with salt and pepper.

Clean the skillet you used for cooking the zucchini with a paper cloth, leaving the surface of the skillet with a thin oil layer, that should be enough. Heat the skillet to a medium high temperature and add the mixture. With a spatula mix a little bit not letting the mixture stick at the bottom for 1 minute and then let cook evenly. Cover the skillet with a plate (it has to be slightly larger than the skillet) and flip it around, immediately put it back in the skillet now letting the other side brown. With the spatula put the sides together so you get a nicely round tortilla at the end. Flip the tortilla 2 or 3 more times, cooking briefly on each side.

Transfer to a clean plate and serve. It can also be eaten cold or at room temperature.

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