Being in Albania this summer reminds me of the Spanish heat I endured while living in Madrid
a few years ago. There’s something about the insufferable sun beaming down on you and the lack of air conditioning indoors that makes you dream of cold, cold things. Ice cream. Iced coffee. Iced…anything. So who wants to cook a hot dinner? Surely not me. So I recalled one of my all time favorite meals in Spain that truly hits the spot when the heat has gotten the best of you- gazpacho! And luckily the ingredients are just as easy to find here in Albania. Gazpacho…I have a feeling its’ what’s for dinner for the forseable future.
Traditional Spanish Gazpacho
3 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup of tomato sauce (optional)
1 cucumber, peeled
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 hot pepper or 4 jared jalepeno slices
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 slice of crusty bread
salt and pepper to taste
Add all the ingredients except for the oil into a bowl. Using your food processor or blender, blend until smooth. Slowly stream in the olive oil while you continue blend. Refridgerate for a few hours to let the flavors marry. Serve with slices of cucumber or peppers.