This week’s picnic food was gazpacho !! What a perfect chilly dish to bring to a picnic. The flavor was amazing too – we added chickpeas for some chew. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
We had a small crowd tonight! Blog reader Ashley and her husband Lucasz (hope I spelled that right!!) met us for the LAST symphony of the summer (except we just realized we can go for the 4th of July celebration this Thursday so there’s one more!). Karen also joined us and brought some amazing mango-ginger stilton cheese, hummus and Kashi party crackers to round out the picnic.
This gazpacho was a diversion from our normal recipe, but was still quite tasty. Here’s what went in it:
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes, juice, jelly, seeds, n’ all
- 1/2 container of grape tomatoes
- 2 medium cucumbers, seeds removed
- 1/4 of a green bell pepper
- 1/4 of a red bell pepper
- 1.5 cup low sodium V8
- juice from 1/2 a lime
- 1/2t cumin
- 1/2t black pepper
- 1/4t cayenne
- Salt to taste
- 1t Worcestershire
- 1t EVOO
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 can chickpeas
Add everything except corn and chickpeas to blender/food processor/emulsion blender and pulverize! Give your machinery a head start, of course, by chopping the veggies into rough cubes. Once you have your spices and salt to the desired levels, stir the corn and peas in. Let cool in refrigerator for a few hours.
There are three ingredients that we didn’t have on hand but I always try to put in gazpacho: roasted red peppers, chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, and cilantro. These three have so much incredible flavor, they really make the dish, so go for it if you got ‘em!
I wasn’t planning on drinking tonight, but our friends brought a local North Carolina wine from the Yadkin Valley : Raffaldini – so I had to give it a try!
Ashley and me sipping away!
Dinner – perfect picnic food!
Dessert: Ashley and Lucasz also brought the sweetest watermelon !
Leeeettle bit more!
Nibbles…. Also not photographed was one more half cracker and one more break-off piece of flatbread.
Around 5:00 I had a glass of milk with half a CIB packet and some crackers to hold me until dinner. It didn’t really do much at first, then then hunger went away about 30 minutes later. Strange!
Big test in the AM. And Week 4 of 5 begins!