Yes, it is true, these past few days, I am all about gazpacho (that veggie-rich refreshing cold summer soup with countless variations). I have made several types since Saturday, and they have all been yummy, low-calorie, and very nutritious. And I'm not done yet- I plan to try a couple more gazpacho recipes and invent several of my own variations over the next few days. Part of my motivation is that they are tasty and complex (yet still somewhat delicate in flavor), and another part of my motivation is that I went swimming yesterday, and saw myself in a bathing suit, and it ain't pretty. Really, I know most women can be critical of their bathing-suited selves, but I truly look like an aging sea cow who is 10 months pregnant. I must do whatever it takes to make next summer less stressful at the pool and/or beach, since I do love to swim. Anyhow, for those of you who are culinarily adventurous, I suggest watermelon gazpacho. I kind of made it up (although there are some internet gazpacho recipes that incorporate watermelon). For mine, you put the following stuff in a blender: 1 cup white grape juice, 1 large cucumber, peeled and cubed, 2 cups of seedless watermelon chunks, 2 small tomatillos, quartered, 5-7 leaves of fresh basil, 1 teaspoon sea salt. Blend it. Drink it, or add a few smallish chunks of cucumber and watermelon to give it "body" and eat it with a spoon. It's different, it's refreshing, it's lovely. If you want it a bit thicker, add in some plain yogurt. If you want it to taste a bit more tart, add in a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Oh, and by the way, I deliberately skipped blogging this past weekend. This is my show, so I get to make the rules for myself, and I will from now on only commit to blogging on the weekdays. So there.