Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Pleasant Evening

A rare treat -  my friend Eileen came for dinner and a  card game (klabberjass).  More often, we meet for lunch, so this was nicer, from my perspective anyway, because it lasted longer.  Plus, we can’t play cards in a restaurant – at least not the one we usually frequent. 

I served one of my favorite hot day dinners – gazpacho. Every time I make it I think of Woman on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown, a very funny movie, in which gazpacho plays a major role. 

Gazpacho – an excellent hot day dinner

1 smallish loaf of crusty bread
2 cloves garlic, sliced
olive oil

2 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 green and 1 red pepper, chopped
1 purple onion
one big clove of garlic

26 oz can of plum tomatoes
¼ cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce (oddly, I didn’t have any, and so used Vietnamese hot sauce)
salt, pepper
bunch of chopped chives

First, make the croutons by cutting the bread into one inch cubes.  Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the garlic. When the garlic is translucent and just beginning to brown, remove it and set it aside.  Sauté the bread chunks until browned in all sides, adding more oil as necessary. Set them aside, with the garlic mixed in.

As you chop the vegetables, put half the tomatoes, half the cucumber, half the peppers, and half the onion in separate bowls.  Put the other half in the blender, along with the clove of garlic.  Add the can of tomatoes  and puree the whole thing. Transfer to a large bowl, and then add the vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil, Tabasco, salt and pepper.  You won’t need much salt, as the canned tomatoes are already salty. Garnish with the chopped chives. 

When you are ready to eat, set out out the chopped vegetables, (each in their separate dishes) and the croutons, to be dished up as accompaniments.  Very easy, and very yummy.


Samos said...

Yummy, I love Gazpacho. :-)

FugueStateKnits said...

Indeed! Just the view of the sunlight shimmering through the fence and the flowers make me want to move West!

Laura said...

Such a nice picture of Eileen surrounded by the beautiful setting at your table. I see her name on things at work which is the only way I know she is still there. Hi Eileen!