I was so excited to post my weekly goings-on, but have had a frustrating evening with the blogger editor and my tiny little netbook, so I'm checking in with an informal update instead...lately, everything has been about food.
I'm loving all the delicious produce this month, and have a new respect for the month of June, which is usually my first opportunity of the year to complain about the terrible heat.
But instead, as I enjoy juicy strawberries and crunchy sugar snap peas, I find that this is the best tune to accompany my summer savorings:
I've spent this Fourth of July weekend at home, breaking my no-sugar rule with my mom's homemade strawberry rhubarb pie. As this is by far my favorite food in the world, I am completely okay with that.
I also enjoyed peach cobbler overnight oats this week:
Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats
1 medium-large peach
a few dashes of cinnamon
sweetener, to taste
Combine. And devour.
But best of all, especially for all that great summer produce, is my parents' version of gazpacho...basically an obscene amount of vegetables processed together. My mom shared the recipe below with me, and I'm sharing it with the world!
Ma & Pa Gazpacho
about 3 lbs tomatoes (give or take, it doesn't matter THAT much)
1 large cucumber
1 bell pepper
1 Serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeded
3 cloves garlic
handful of basil or cilantro
1 can V8 (optional, but when I use store tomatoes, it's better with V8)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
salt, to taste
Food process in batches that fit into the processor receptacle, then pour each batch into a bowl and stir together with liquid ingredients until well blended. This makes a huge batch that fits into my largest stainless steel bowl, but if you like to eat it every night, it's nice to have it made up for the week. In any case, you can half the recipe if you think you won't eat that much of it.
Being home has been a wonderful, if short, adventure. There has been great company, amazing (and healthy!) food, a beautiful garden, and lots of happiness.
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful holiday weekend!