Past two weeks, the weather has completely changed in Bay area. I was pondering if it is summer season ending or starting! The temperature reached almost 100 F in some part of Bay last Saturday.
The whole house transformed into hot oven. With the heat wave who dare to stand in the kitchen and prepare a full meal? I just relay to my cold buttermilk and a simple curry for few days. But again got bored and want to skip for a cold soup!
I wanted to prepare something fulfilling and NO cooking involved! I remembered vaguely the taste of Gazpacho that I had many years ago in Europe.
Gaspacho needs some riped juicy tomatoes which is perfect! As this year, i had a bumper juicy tomato crop and some varieties of chillies.
Gazpacho referred to cold Spanish soup but the history says it is a liquid salad, made with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and vinegar, slate bread. It is hearty and satisfying soup for a hot summer days. Most important thing, you don’t need to switch on your stove. The recipe has been adapted here but changed according my taste. I omitted vinegar and oil (it might be the key ingredients but taste really good without it). Prepare ahead and refrigerate the soup!