Gazpacho with a herb twist

solo glass gazpacho

Recently, I was writing a long, detailed, rubble rousing email to our broker in California who was entrusted with the responsibility of selling our house back there and was making a mess of it. We were frustrated, and wanted something to move.

After I wrote a long drawn, crabby email, I sat on it for a while. I had vented out what I wanted to say, and now was doing a tread back. Should I send it? It didn’t look right, but didn’t know what else to write.

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Mr L8H came over to where I was sitting and hammering away at the key board, paused, and then asked what was I doing. “You are writing that history paper to them? Keep it simple woman.’

Keep it simple. There. That was it. I reflected on what I really wanted to do, and realized that considering what was going on, my hubby and I had discussed about changing our realtors.

So I decided to keep it simple.

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We now have a great realtor who are doing an amazing job of promoting the house.  If anyone looking for a house in a picturesque city of Southern California that has a stupendous school system and amazing panoramic view with a backdrop of wine country (2 miles from our house, no kidding), do email me.

That’s the view from our street.

view in Temecula

 

The mountains – we can see the tips of Big Bear and Idlewild.

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We also happen to live possibly on the best street in the neighborhood, across from a beautiful, large park complete with tennis court and dog park, and state of the art club house (with an 4 pools, one of them Olympic size) and of course, the house itself is beautiful. Just not getting the right buyer (looks like it’s not hard to get a buyer, just the ‘qualified’ ones).

Here is a virtual tour of the house we loved and lived for a few years. Message me if you know someone house hunting in Southern California. In case you are interested, it also makes for a great investment property.

Virtual Tour 

Used to live that is. Now we are in East Coast, and we miss all of that dearly. Though New England summers are beautiful, so no complaints there at present :D

Keeping it simple in life can weed out a lot of stress. Much like this little glass of simple gazpacho. Simple, and yumm.

I picked this recipe up from a random tapas book I picked up from a thrift store. It’s called ‘tapas’. It has little gems from Spain and some truly easy recipes that can be whipped up in minutes. Unfortunately it is one of those publications that don’t give author’s names.

 

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I made a small change in this recipe. Instead of cucumbers, I added some dried curry leaves crumbled for a spicier effect. While the cucumber recipe gives more of a cooling effect with more body, curry adaptation gives a kick resulting from a beautiful blend of garlic and red wine vinegar. I will give the original recipe here, with the changes that I made as notes.

Dried Curry leaves

Dried Curry leaves

Curry leaves are also called ‘sweet neem leaves’. Fresh and green, they add the punch in most South Indian dishes that one can find in popular joints anywhere. These grow in tropical climate, so mostly they can be bought in dried form in most Indian stores. I have found them sometimes in local groceries under Asian section, but not in abundance. Wikipedia says: , “A 2011 study of girinimbine, a carbazole alkaloid isolated from this plant, found that it inhibited the growth and induced apoptosisin human hepatocellular carcinoma, HepG2 cells in vitro.”

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Gazpacho with a herb twist
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Recipe type: Tapas
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 slice white bread, crusts removed
  • 4 ripe juicy tomatoes, skinned and seeded
  • 1 tbsp grated onion
/4 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, cubed plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp Spanish red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
My addition: few crumbled curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Grind the garlic with a pinch of salt in mortar and pestle
  2. Put the bread in a saucer with a little water and let it soak for a few minutes. Squeeze the extra water out but don't make it dry.
  3. Now put the ground garlic, bread, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, and vinegar in a blender and puree till smooth.
  4. Keep the motor running (on low if you have the setting) and add the olive oil in a slow and steady stream (I do it through the opening in the lid of my blender).
  5. Add sugar, pepper and salt to taste.
  6. Strain the mixture into a bowl, and adjust the seasoning of salt, pepper and vinegar if needed.
  7. Chill for 6-8 hours.
  8. Serve in small glasses with little chopped cucumber on top.
Note: For my change, add a few dried curry leaves when blending to the mixture, and increase the amount of cucumber a bit while blending. Serve with crumbled curry leaves on top.

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11 comments for “Gazpacho with a herb twist

  1. June 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Selling a house can indeed be frustrating. A good realtor makes a huge difference. And unfortunately, you often don’t know who is good until you know who is bad. :-( Anyway, lovely gazpacho! Thanks for this.
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  2. June 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Never made gazpacho before! This looks so wonderful!
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  3. linsy
    June 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    We are also going thru same, put the house in the market and realtor and Florida market sucks. God knows what happens. Love this simple but flavorful soup

  4. June 18, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Glad to hear that you switched realtors. You definitely want to be happy with the job that they’re doing considering the sums that are at stake!

  5. June 19, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Looks tempting.. very new ingredients for me..
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  6. June 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I know what it’s like to wait for ages for a house to sell. We did it too. The house is beautiful and I hope it sells quickly now that you have a new agent.

    Your gazpacho does sound good!
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  7. June 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Looking at the picture i just remembered those are the same leaves we had in our backyard, the drink looks new to me i wanna try it.

  8. June 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Interesting- Ive heard of gazpacho but never knew what it was- perfect for a winter’s day
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  9. June 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I just happen to have some dried curry leaves in the pantry just waiting for a recipe that uses them. Thanks! What a beautiful little gazpacho! Thanks for sharing pictures of your new home. It’s beautiful! Very spacious and look at all of that countertop in the kitchen. WOW!
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  10. June 24, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    So you’ve moved from LA to the East Coast? What a trek! The view from your old home is stunning and it does seem like you are in a gorgeous part of LA. I hope the new realtor is able to sell your home quickly for the price you desire xx
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  11. June 30, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I love the idea of adding some herbs to this delicious gazpacho – bit of a kick :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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