This is an ancient Andalusia (Spanish) dish. No one knows exactly how far back it goes. It may have roots in Rome, or possibly the Visigoths. Wherever it came from it is pretty popular in Spain, Portugal, and parts of South America. This is a nice cold tomato based soup. Very tasty and NOT the over peppered and generally tasteless stuff you get in so-called Mexican places here in the US. (Most American Mexican food bears even less resemblance to the real deal than American Italian food does to the real stuff.)
Many of the Spanish variations have a stale bread base – but this one is just pure veggies and rather refreshing in the hot days of summer.
|1||each||cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled
|2||each||orange or red bell peppers, cored and seeded
|3||each||garlic cloves (a whole fist – if really mild), minced|
|1/3||cup||wine of choice – red preferred
|1||tsp||freshly ground black pepper|
Whack the veggies into rough cubes, the run through a food processor, pulsing until coarse chopped.
Picture shows yellow bell peppers, red tomatoes, green cucumber and purple onion with white garlic. Makes a beautiful picture!
Dump into a bowl after each veggie. There are two schools of thought here – first school – don’t chop too fine, you are emulating what can be done with a knife. Second school – to which herself subscribes – go ahead and make it fine chopped (but not pureed). Try it both ways and decide which you like best. The advantage of fine chopped is that you can just suck it out of a cup when it is a bit liquid; no spoon needed.
When each veggie is to your satisfaction add in the rest and mix together well. This should really be chilled. You will find that it really benefits from sitting in the fridge for a day or two.
Additional discussion: Clamato juice works much nicer than standard tomato juice. Wine vinegar or wine work equally well – follow your own taste buds. Use just about any color bell pepper except green. You want taste – not heat or heartburn.
Herself Sez: YUMMY! A cup of this is 2 servings of veggies. If you are on a low carb diet, this is great. If you are on a high carb diet, you can have almost as much of this as you can eat! Fabulous in the summer, not quite as tasty in the winter because the tomatoes are not as full-flavored. The onions you use are a factor, too. purple onions in the summer add a nice bite, but as the fall wears on, they become a bit bitter. Move to a sweet onion, then. Not quite as much flavor as a good purple, but much less bitter. We are eating this year round, and I can hardly wait for summer, again!
Oh, Just YUMM!!!