The theme of this week’s #SundaySupper is Beat the Heat so we are all preparing recipes that can be made without the use of an oven.
The Grillmaster and I have been trying to “beat the heat” for a few months now as we’ve been without air conditioning in the upper floor of our house (which includes the kitchen). Did I mention we live in North Carolina? It’s not exactly a place you want to be in the summer sans A/C. We haven’t repaired the A/C because we’re planning a renovation in the fall and we were hoping to tough it out and replace the A/C when we do everything else.
The good news? It hasn’t been that bad. The Grillmaster has concocted a very complex fan management strategy and knows what windows to open at what times of the day. Sometimes you want to let cool air in and sometimes you want to keep hot air out. If it gets too hot upstairs, we seek refuge downstairs where the A/C has been working. And, fortunately, our bedroom is downstairs, so it’s been cool sleeping.
Yesterday, we got home from running some errands. We went into the bedroom and thought it felt a bit warm. The A/C was blowing air, but it wasn’t cool air! So now we don’t have A/C anywhere in the house. I think someone is trying to tell us something.
This Strawberry Gazpacho is one of the ways we’ve found to beat the heat; others include Honeydew Slush and Thyme Lemonade. The gazpacho is simple, requires no cooking, is served ice cold and uses fresh produce that’s currently in season.
We served this gazpacho in shot glasses. Larger glasses or a small bowl would have been more efficient, but the shot glasses were a lot more fun.
The Grillmaster declared that his drink needed something and it was vodka to the rescue. Here’s how he describes “enhancing” his gazpacho:
There wasn’t much room in the top of the shot glass. I had to be careful. I poured until the glass was filled to the rim. Carefully, I inserted a butter knife vertically into the glass and moved the knife slowly in a clockwise direction for three quarters of a turn, just enough to mix part of the vodka partway down in the shot glass. Withdrawing the knife, I hoisted the glass to my lips and tilted back my head as I poured the whole shot into the back of my mouth. Yeah baby! That’s what it needed. Just the right amount of burn to go with the sweet and tart flavors, then that diffusion of warmth throughout your body brought on by the alcohol and that sensation that everyone is your friend and everything is right with the world. What could be better?
I thought the gazpacho was fine without the burn, but I did wish I had peeled the tomatoes.
What’s your favorite way to beat the heat?
Adapted from Vegetable Harvest by Patricia Wells
1 pound tomatoes, rinsed, cored and quartered
1 pound strawberries, rinsed and hulled
2 teaspoons strawberry-flavored balsamic vinegar (or regular balsamic)
Purée tomatoes, strawberries and balsamic vinegar in food processor. Refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. Serve in small glasses.
Makes 8 servings
Per serving: 29 calories, 0g fat (0g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 7g carb, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 1g protein
Nutritional Analysis: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and Manganese. (Source: nutritiondata.com)
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