I’ve talked at length about my cravings for summer. About the warm breeze, about summer dresses, about the decline of banana prices. Yes… these are things I love and crave. And over the last couple weeks, my cravings have been satisfied. Banana’s are dropping in price, summer dresses are a plenty and that warm breeze is finally upon me. But then, how quickly I change my tune.

The bananas and summer dresses are still amazing, don’t get me wrong, I would buy more if I could. Alas, my wallet can’t handle it at the moment. However, I’d like to have some words with that breeze. THAT BREEZE. Not really a warm breeze anymore. It’s a hot burst of air that almost makes you wish the air was still. On my way home from work today I got blasted with the hottest breeze I have ever encountered. I kid you not. 32 degrees may not seem overly warm, but for some reason it hit me like a ton of bricks. A ton of very hot bricks.

And I’ve been told this is ‘the most comfortable part of summer.’ I’m in for temperatures reaching 40 degrees celsius. Oi.

I’m going to say that the main street I was walking along that was currently experiencing some gridlock like rush hour traffic was partly to blame.  Every time a bus drove past me it was like walking into a wall of even hotter air. I reckon it would have actually been quite lovely near the water. Probably quite comfortable. I’ll have to find a more roundabout route of walking home that takes me on a waterfront tour.

In any case, I’m not going to complain about it. Only good things come from having warm days. Good things that I will compile in a list.

Good things that come from warm days:
A list composed by Caitlin A. Hicks

1. I don’t have to wear a jacket to work.

2. When you run, you sweat ninety-times more, and though you may feel like barfing once or twice, you also feel ninety times more productive afterwards.


refreshingly delicious

I will add to this list as I see fit. But for now, let’s settle on numero 3. GAZPACHO!

I made this delicious chilled soup for the very first time. For some reason I actually thought you were supposed to roast everything and THEN blend it… and THEN chill it. But no, you just blend it all up raw. WHAT?! Delicious and so nutritious.

Really, so much less labour intensive than I had imagined, and just as good. I’m a fan of eating pasta sauce with no pasta and biting into a raw tomato as if it was an apple… so GAZPACHO! was (and is) right up my alley.

So refreshing and so delicious served with avocado and some toasted pita chips.

basil makes it better...

(Always to be written in capital letters with an exclamation point)

1 cucumber

1 capsicum

6 tomatoes

1 red onion

1 garlic clove

2c. tomato juice (I used v8)

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. basil

3 tbsp. balsamic

3 tsbp. lime juice

salt and pepper to taste

1. Throw the veggies and juice in a bowl with the olive oil. Blend and blend and blend.

2. Add balsamic, lime juice and salt & pepper to taste. Mix.

3. Chill. Top with basil, olive oil. Eat.





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One response to “GAZPACHO!

  1. Michelle Corbett

    Yum – I may even try to make this! Oh wait, who am I kidding, thats never gonna happen but it looks delish (on a side note, my phone auto corrects delish to delilah)

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