Since I did not cook last night (bad girl !!), here's a fantastic, refreshing & super easy Gazpacho recipe !
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of each of the following:
Chopped celery, green & red peppers, cucumber, spring onions and fresh cilantro.
Add 2 tbsp each olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
1 tsp celery seeds
Salt & pepper to taste, mix and let sit while you prepare the next steps.
In a food processor puree 1 large can of Italian tomatoes (the best are San Marzano, if you can find them) including its juice. Do not use the pre-pureed types nor tomato paste !
Pour over vegetable mixture, stir and add either cold water or tomato juice to bring to the consistency that you desire. It should not be too watery. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. I always put quite alot of fresh ground pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve topped with home made croutons or homemade parmesan toasts.
Alternatives &/or add-ons:
Add a dolob of sour cream or plain yogurt
Canned chick peas (drained)
Sliced black olives
In a large glass bowl
In individual glasses: Any kind - be creative !
Carve out a pumpkin and add soup
Carve out a large round loaf of bread