The weather lately has been unbearable. With heat indices above a 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I have been going from underground garage to underground garage and stepping out only minimally on a as-needed basis. I did step out last weekend to see some lotus really early in the morning before they shut due to the heat.
Glorious views! It was a delightful hike with some excellent company.
But believe me, when I say, that the heat has been oppressive and Gazpacho is the perfect office day lunch. Here’s how I made mine:
1/4 watermelon cut and frozen
1/4 red pepper chopped and frozen
1 jalapeno cut
1 garlic clove peeled
1/4 cucumber finely chopped
a little finely chopped red onion
3-4 mini heirloom locally grown tomatoes finely chopped
a little cilantro finely chopped
some lemon juice (optional)
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Blend frozen watermelon, red pepper, jalapeno, and garlic. Add some finely chopped red onion,cucumber and tomatoes. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. And some lemon juice.
If you are wondering… I chop my fresh produce as needed, toss them in a zip log bag and freeze them so they are ready for use!
Refreshing! Exactly what you need for an incredibly hot, humid day. Serve chilled.