Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Gazpacho Soup Recipe 

When summer comes, the city seems to awaken from hibernation. The elderly sit on benches in the squares, standing around and chatting for hours while passing the rough hands through their white hair. Mothers wearing long skirts that bare their still pale ankles are busy to run after their kids, so elated at the arrival of warm weather. All the parks, fountains, cafés are full of sincere smiles and happy looks, enjoying their finally found freedom. Summer creates a special atmosphere: it seems to last a minute but is always intense and overwhelming.

Ice cream and ice lolly are part of everybody’s diet in such a period, however I am a lover of soups and, despite hot temperatures, I don’t want to give them up. For this reason, I always look for an alternative version of winter hot soups.

For example, today I will prepare the Gazpacho: a Spanish cold soup based on vegetables, that is very common in Andalusia, where weather is very hot. This is a dish that can be served with ice cubes, as an aperitif or simply by pouring it in a glass instead of a dish or a cup.

This is a recipe full of beneficial properties, rich in vitamins and antioxidants, because it is made with uncooked vegetables.

In short, food is once again on our side. Enjoy every moment, without giving up anything! ♥

The recipe:

Ingredients for 4 people:

  1. 500 g ripe tomatoes;
  2. 2 cucumbers;
  3. 1 red pepper;
  4. 1 red onion;
  5. 2 garlic cloves;
  6. 2 tablespoons vinegar;
  7. 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil:
  8. 100 g bread crumbles;
  9. Just enough salt and pepper.

Method:

  1. Cut tomatoes in four parts;
  2. Peel the cucumber, cut it to length to eliminate the seeds and then cut roughly into chunks;
  3. Chop the red peppers, depriving all the seeds;
  4. Peel and slice the onion and the garlic;
  5. Blend all the ingredients together, adding vinegar and oil;
  6. Add salt and pepper to season;
  7. Put the mixture into a bowl and add the bread crumbles;
  8. Put in the fridge for a few hours and serve cold.

My advices

  • Combine gazpacho soup with toasted bread.

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Pasta salad with avocado| Vegan recipe

Pasta salad with avocado| Vegan recipe

My house is blooming. I smell scent of lavender, daisy and sunflower. Last Sunday we dropped by the amazing Flower Market on Columbia Road and, as always, I didn’t resist to all those colourful tonalities and infinite pleasant scents. We came back home with a handful of Spring in our hands and now my living room looks like the mirror of my emotions and at the same time you can feel in the air the desire to sink down in multi-coloured fields.

An old blanket, a poetry book and a basket full of delicious food: today we will have a picnic under the shade of an oak tree. I will serve a cold pasta salad with avocado, cherry tomatoes, basil, mint and other flavouring. This dish is the protagonist of my day and it looks like a floral arrangement. I am enjoying it while I am reading Neruda’s poems and I keep quiet when tasting my pasta.

“Here I love you.
Here I love you and the horizon hides you in vain.
I love you still among these cold things” (P. Neruda)

Let’s enjoy the Sun. We will blooming as love poems.

The recipe.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 400 gr of Italian pasta;
  • 2 not too much ripe avocados cut into chunks;
  • 20 cherry tomatoes. Cut them into 2 parts;
  • Some mint leaves;
  • 200 gr of roughly cut basil;
  • A table spoon of fennel seeds;
  • Some lemon juice;
  • Just enough pepper;
  • Just enough extra virgin olive oil;
  • 200 gr of basil;
  • 1 chopped garlic clove;
  • 1/5 onion finely chopped;
  • 1 table spoon 100% maple syrup;
  • A pinch of salt;
  • Just enough balsamic vinegar.

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta, drain it “al dente” and pass it under cold water to stop the cooking process, then put it into a bowl;
  2. Stir cherry tomatoes together with basil, mint, garlic, onion, pepper, lemon juice, fennel seeds, maple syrup, vinegar, oil and salt: mix well all the ingredients and let it marinate for about 30 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally;
  3. Add the seasoning to the pasta, add avocado and stir it well;
  4. Serve it cold.

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STUFFED PEPPERS (VEGAN RECIPE)

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STUFFED PEPPERS  (VEGAN RECIPE)

A new recipe has been added to our kitchen!

Today, we suggest to try a very light and easy to cook dish: the vegan version of stuffed peppers.

I have to say, I don’t really like cooked peppers. I better prefer them raw, but this time I changed my mind. I can’t stop eating them!

Shopping list for 4 peppers:

–       4 peppers (choose the color you prefer). In this case I chose the red ones; –

–       100 gr of carrots;

–       150 gr of precooked peas;

–       A clove of garlic;

–       100 g cherry tomatoes;

–       100 g of “Arborio” rice;

–       Olive oil.

Spices:

Salt, pepper and curcuma

So, let’s start….

In a capacious pan put some olive oil, an unpeeled garlic clove, and let it cook slowly, until they golden.

Add chopped carrots and half cut cherry tomatoes. Rise the heat.

In the meanwhile, prepare peppers. Cut them in two parts and clean well their inner.

When tomatoes turn into a smooth cream (about 5 minutes), put peas, rice and the top of peppers. Add two glasses of water (or vegetable broth) to the rice, and cover it with a lid.

Cook rice for about 15 minutes and before it cooks, put it in the oven and let it finish cooking.

Put the lid off and let excess water to dry. Add spices.

Fill peppers with the mixture.

Put in the oven for 20 minutes  at 270 degrees.

Serve them hot!

Useful suggestions:

–       If you want to reproduce an irresistible crust grate some bread on the top of the rice before to put peppers in the oven.

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