The others though, seem to have adapted to their cramped containers. Negro Azteca and Yellow Pear are full of fruit and flowers, while Dr. Carolyn takes a more leisurely stroll towards ripeness. All that garden activity made me hungry for a fresh tomato gazpacho. Bosco Farms at Liberty Village’s My Market spoils me for choice. With a precious string-bag full of heirlooms, the soup’s but a blender blitz away.
8-10 heirloom tomatoes*
1 medium English (seedless) cucumber, peeled
3-4 red scallions, a mix of red, white and green parts (or one very small red onion)
1 large red bell pepper
½ c chopped cilantro
12-15 fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp chopped fresh marjoram
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp kosher salt, or more to taste
½ tsp coarse black pepper, or more to taste
* Use like-coloured tomatoes to avoid a "muddy" looking end result
2. If blending in batches, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir in the salt, pepper and the vinegars. Adjust for seasoning, top with a dollop of Avocado-Lime Salsa (recipe follows) and serve.
Can be made ahead - in fact, this soup benefits from being well chilled, especially during the dog days of summer.
makes approx 2 cups
This lime-infused salsa is the perfect dollop with the gazpacho. I shamelessly ate the leftovers right from the dish, no tortilla chips required.
2 large ripe avocados
3 tbsp lime juice
1 small shallot, finely minced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
½ jalepeno pepper, seeds and pith removed, finely minced
½ tsp salt, or to taste
½ tsp pepper, or to taste
1. Pit and dice avocado. I like larger chunks for this salsa. Put in a small bowl and combine with the lime juice.
NB. If you are handy with a knife, you can try a neat trick I learned recently to remove that pesky pit. Cut the avocado in two lengthwise, and - carefully - holding one half in your hand, take a sharp knife and strike the avocado pit hard enogh so that the knife adheres to the pit. A little wiggle, and the pit is removed. I then dice the avocado with the skin still on, and scoop it out with a spoon.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir gently and adjust for seasoning.