yesterday was a typical sydney summer day, hot and muggy, when all you want to do is drink a long, iced something and wait for the cool of evening. i was feeling rested and a bit creative and i decided that i would make a cold tomato soup. i have made gazpacho once before, to a lukewarm reception but this time it would be different. this time everyone had seen jamie oliver make gazpacho. this time i could not fail, this time this odd liquified salad had been validated by the king of kitchen coolness.
i got out the not-so -trusty blender, i put in some crusty ciabatta, ripe red tomatoes, cucumber, sherry vinegar, virgin olive oil, salt & sugar. i coaxed the blender with sweet nothings and fiddled with it's dodgy switch until it roared into service....
the result was ok but a little bland. i added tabasco, parsley and coriander.
this time it passed the taste test and i served the slightly pukey looking mixture, wishing it looked better but remembering that jamie's was not the most colourful dish i ever saw.
the first mouthful was acidic but pleasant, the next a little bit hot. it got hotter and hotter. my attempt to create something with bite had worked, almost too well!
liam polished off two bowls and declared himself full so i had succeeded in filling the bottomless pit and on soup!
we followed up with butterscotch ice cream and a funny movie "in the loop"
all was well in my world