Also, I will be a lotus eater since all the parts are edible: flower, young leaves, roots & seeds. And, very healthy too. Just from weeding out my pond.
Another thing I want to share is my Gazpacho experience of last night. I got this terrific recipe from Lobstersquad, a very artistic sort of cooking blog by Ximena in Spain. I have a surfeit of cherry tomatoes right now and wanted to do something other than salsa. Not that I have anything against salsa, but anyway...
With a few variations - mainly that of using cherry tomatoes instead of the plum kind - here it is. And it came out very good, I must say. A refreshing, summertime cold soup, and nice alternative to salad.
- 1.5 lb. ripe cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 orange or red bell pepper
- 1/2 a peeled cucumber
- a wedge of onion
- 1/4 - 1/2 a garlic clove (more if you want)
- 1 slice day old bread
- 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup water
- salt (& grind of pepper- optional)
Ximena blends it smooth and then strains it, but to me, that is a vegetable smoothie, not what I think of as Gazpacho. But hey, I'm American, what do I know? That sprig of garnish is mint, but basil would work nicely.