SATURDAY COOKING: GAZPACHO

It has been a bit of a red week: red toaster, red wheels and red chutney.
It has also been a bit hot, so this week’s recipe is red, cool and requires no cooking!
(from The Australia Women’s Weekly Christmas Classics-told you it was a red week!).

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You will need a blender for this and I’m giving you the ingredients to serve 4 (because the whole amount doesn’t fit in the blender, too much- unless you have a giant blender…).

So, blend 1 1/2 cup of tomato juice (375ml), 4 tomatoes chopped coarsely, 1/2 red onion chopped coarsely, 1 clove garlic crushed, 1 small Lebanese cucumber peeled and chopped, 75g of char-grilled red capsicum in strips and some Tabasco to your liking until pureed.

Voila! Easy! Keep refrigerated.
You can add some avocado when serving (like I did) or if you have the time a dollop of guacamole or as the recipe suggests, some grilled prosciutto and a bit of coriander.

Eat or drink!

And of course, if you are short of your daily intake of alcohol, why not add to this fresh concoction a generous amount of vodka to transform this gazpacho in a giant Bloody Mary! Try to find extra big straws for maximum slurping effect and instant tipsiness…

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