The gas in our apartment complex was recently shut off for a week due to a leak the city found. Having no hot water or gas for our stove was not the best thing to happen in the middle of the summer (especially when it’s consistently over 100 degrees!) Fortunately, my job outside sends me home super hot & sweaty, so a cold/lukewarm shower worked for me. But as far as cooking went, well, there is no microwave and we got rid of 2 hotplates before moving. We did a lot of eating out, to say the least. When we did eat in, it was sandwiches and salads. I also made a couple of raw soups which I’m going to share with you.
Gazpacho is the essential summer soup that everyone knows and loves. People put together their own concoction based on the veggies they like, and no two really ever seem to taste the same. I used to hate tomatoes and cucumbers, but they are growing on me which is awesome because they are crucial for gazpacho. This time, I used:
4 vine-ripened tomatoes
1/2 large cucumber
1 orange pepper
2 small carrots
cold water (to create the right consistency for me)
1 hot dog bun (to add a little more texture/weight)
olive oil & balsamic vinegar
I mixed all the veggies & bread in the blender, then added the water to get it just right. I chilled the gazpacho for about 30 minutes, then topped with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The next soup I made was Corn Chowder. It was so delicious! You must adjust the amount of corn kernals and garlic to your liking, because the soup can turn out rather thin & the garlic is a very strong flavor with the corn. For this chowder, you need:
3 ears fresh corn
2 cups of Almond milk
1 garlic clove
Cayenne pepper & salt to taste
You want to mix the kernals of 1 ear of corn with your almond milk and garlic in a blender. Process it until it’s smooth. Add the rest of the kernals and spices to your mixture. Allow to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. I topped mine with a little black pepper. Yummy!
Share your raw soups with me, I’d love to make more! I’m thinking a carrot-ginger might be delightful.
Remember the garlic I roasted along with the slow roasted tomatoes? Well, I’m going to share with you what I did with it!
I love potato salad – as long as it’s made at home. That crap that’s pre-packaged in the grocery stores makes me want to, well, I’m not going to get into it. My favorite at-home-made potato salad consists simply of Follow Your Heart‘s Vegenaise, some spicy mustard, and a little salt & pepper. So simple. Since I had the roasted garlic and some fresh herbs, I went with something a little fancier this time.
What you need:
4 or so medium sized red potatoes, cut into small pieces
Vegenaise (about 3 tbsp, but as much as you like to get the creaminess you prefer)
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste
a few sprigs of rosemary (again, to taste)
a few basil leaves (see above)
Roasted garlic cloves (I used the 5 I had)
I hope you know how to make potato salad. If not, here’s the drill:
Bring enough water to cover potatoes to a boil. When boiling, add potatoes and boil til soft, about 20 minutes. (Keep your eye on the potatoes so the pot doesn’t boil over!) While potatoes are cooking, mix together the rest of your ingredients! I found it handy to put them in my mini-food processor. Adjust all your seasonings to taste. Once the potatoes are soft, drain, then add the mixture of delicious to your potatoes! Serve your potato salad warm or cold, it’s good either way.
Do you have any secret potato salad recipes to share? I would love to try any and all of them!
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It’s been over 100 degrees the past week or so in Austin. Before that, I don’t think there has been a day since we’ve been here that it’s been under 98 degrees. Frozen treats to the rescue! Here’s my first favorite (in a string of many, I am sure): So Easy Strawberry Sorbet.
What you need:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 pints strawberries
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 – 3 tbsp vanilla extract
1. Bring sugar + water to boil over high heat, stirring constantly. When it starts boiling, turn to low, and let cook 5 minutes (stirring occasionally). Remove from heat, cover for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, wash strawberries, dry, then cut into quarters. Put in blender (or food processor) & process with 1/4 cup of sugar/water mix. Process until you can hardly see the seeds anymore.3. Mix everything else together in a container that can be frozen.4. Let that mixture freeze overnight. In the morning, I let the sorbet sit out for about 5 – 10 minutes, then used a spoon to mash it and mix it up. Return to freezer. Eat after a couple hours!
(I suggest letting it sit out for a few minutes to soften up just a touch before eating. This recipe should make around 6 – 8 servings.)
This one goes delicious with Banana Soft Serve that my friend Lilly turned me onto from choosingraw.com. Bananas + strawberries!?! How could it get any better?