a no-recipe recipe

Posted by on August 5, 2011 in cook | 2 comments

I am not a fan of summer heat, but I am happy to tolerate it when I can enjoy summer produce! Yesterday was one of those days when I didn't get home until 8 pm. I was hungry and tired, but not so hungry that I wanted a regular meal. Sometimes that means berries and cream, but I didn't want anything sweet, so I whipped up this little concoction and it was just perfect.

image from www.flickr.comI've looked up gazpacho recipes before, and they always seem to have a long list of ingredients, or they make a really big batch, so I don't often bother. I don't know why I thought I had to follow the rules, so last night I didn't. I just rummaged around and threw what looked appealing in the beaker that came with my immersion blender, and whipped it up. 

Here's what I used:

A small, Persian cucumber, coarsely chopped
A couple Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
A clove of garlic, crushed
A dash of each of the following: cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, parsley, and ancho chili pepper 
A glug of olive oil

I blended it all together and then topped it with a small, chopped avocado, a drizzle of olive oil, and a little ground pepper. Perfect! The only thing I would do differently next time is to keep some of the cucumber and tomato seperate, chopped them finely and stir them in at the end for a little more texture. Bell peppers (any color), radishes and celery would probably be nice additions if you like them. 

Lesson learned: don't worry about finding the perfect recipe, if you've got good produce, there's a good chance you'll end up with something delicious. 


  1. This sounds perfect! I think I will raid my garden tonight and see what kind of gazpacho I can come up with for dinner. This would be good with some crisp toast or homemade croutons too.

  2. It will be delicious if you use things from your garden, so fresh! I'm not eating grains anymore, but for those who do, I agree, croutons would be delicious. 

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