Monday, May 5, 2008

Strawberry Gazpacho and Basil

A refreshing and sweet entrée,
Strawberry Gazpacho and Basil


Let's still talk ghost stories here.

Few days ago, I remember I had a chat with my sister. Apparently she was advised by some elders that since his two year old son grew up so close to my dad there will be "according to them" bad spirits that will imitate the form of my dad to entice the child. What(??) I know all these things might sound so absurd but my sister as a mom would just like to protect his son. They told her that the only means to protect him (ok brace yourself) is by wearing something red. So to cut the story short, she had their walls painted in red, changed their curtains to red and bought a bunch of red wardrobe for my nephew. I know this sounds more a funny story than spooky.

So yesterday I just thought that probably I could do my share of sending away all this spooky and bad spirits in my kitchen by concocting something bloody red; my strawberry gazpacho in basil. I guess it worked, for I feel so highly spirited today!

I am sending this recipe to Weekend Herb Blogging.

Strawberry Gazpacho and Basil

250 g of strawberries
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1 tbsp of vinegar of Xeres
2 tbsps of olive oil
3 tbsps bread crumbs
fresh basil leaves (amount depends on your preference)
1 glass of cold water

Clean and cut the heads of your strawberries. Put in an electric mixer all the ingredients and give a good blend according to your desired consistency. Refrigerate for about an hour.
All things Red is beautiful and delicious!


Ini, mini myni, mo

My new award!

A big thanks to Gloria from Canela kitchen, for handing me over this award!! My big kisses goes to you!

34 comments:

Ann said...

What a beautiful soup! And I love the idea of strawberries and basil together. Yum!

Peter M said...

Very interesting combo of ingredients...the basil & strawberries works for me.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Your photos are wonderful!

oggi said...

I agree it's funny rather than eerie, first time I heard of it, though.:)

The bloody red gazpacho looks and sounds really good and works well too!

Deborah said...

That is definitely red - and so beautiful!!

Laurie Constantino said...

I love highly colored soups and this is as pretty as I've seen. And if it also keeps away bad spirits, this is something we all should make soon! Thanks for entering it in Weekend Herb Blogging.

glamah16 said...

Very beautiful. I love he ideaof fruit soups. As for the other part, I hear of similar things in my culture. Supposedly the young can see spirits..No matter how much red you have he'll be OK.

K & S said...

great post and beautiful red gazpacho!

Kevin said...

This sounds good, though this is the first that I have heard of vinegar of Xeres. What vibrant colours.

Suzana said...

Oh, this must be SO good! Strawberries and basil sounds delicious. ;-)

Hillary said...

I like this idea - very original!

Rosie said...

What a wonderful colour of redness and this has just got be SO good with basil - yum - yum...

Rosie x

Sylvia said...

What a creative idea, and stunning color. Y Love your blog because this beautiful ideas....for impress Yeahh..

haze said...

This is indeed bloody red ! Great presentation and nice to see you blogging again ;)!

Gloria said...

Dhanggit these strawberries look wonderful!!!! I like them !!!!and the pictures sooo beauty!!! xxxGloria

Zita said...

Wow, beautiful pictures...

I was never used to the idea of cold soup, but with strawberry gazpacho it sound so tempting, have to try ;)

Gigi said...

The photographs are stunning! I love the red from the strawberries. This sound like a great soup for those hot summer days.

Maya said...

Then, can i act seeing one, so i can have one of those mouth watering reds.

PS:you'll have time to do kayaking or cooking with her soon.Kid do grow so fast.

myfrenchkitchen said...

You're a popular girl Hilda, cause you just received an award from me too...how else with posts like this? Lovely!
Ronell

Kelly Mahoney said...

That's a lovely presentation.

Emiline said...

Oooh, I am shivering from your ghost stories. ;)

This is beautiful! I would have never thought to make a gazpacho out of strawberries. This is a good idea.

kellypea said...

Strawberries and basil are such a great combo! Your soup is gorgeous.

Kalyn said...

What a wonderfully red soup! I'm sure it will do the trick. Must be delicious too.

maybahay said...

gorgeous-looking soup!

Dhanggit said...

Ann, my husband loved the combination of strawberry and basil too!!

Peter, interestingly they blended well together

Proud italian cook, thanks

oggi, really you haven't heard any thing like this before...

Laurie constatino, thanks i'll put up the link of course

Glamah, its the first time i tried to make a fruit soup and its indeed wonderful and fresh

K&S, thanks

Kevin, vinegar of Xeres is quite popular here in France you can substitute it I guess with balsamic vinegar

Suzana, i heard this combo from one of my fave french chef, its been quite a fad last year

Hillary, thanks

Rosie, I miss you my dear

Sylvia, coming from you im flattered

Haze, hi dear :-)

Gloria, big kisses goes to you thanks for the award again

Zita, my hubby doesnt like cold soup too but this changed his mind :-)

Gigi, thanks dear

Maya, i cant wait to share wonderful moments with her :-)

Myfrenchkitchen, im deeply touched and honored my dear Ronell, thanks for the award

Kelly mahoney, thanks

Emiline, hahaha dont worry i have other tons of ghost stories to tell if you want

Kellypea, thanks dear im flattered

Kalyn, i agree its super delicioso

maybahay, hi dessie long time no see, glad to hear from you

Manggy said...

Dhanggit, this just looks so heavenly! What part of the meal do you serve it?

Dhanggit said...

hi manggy, we could serve it as an entree or as an apperitif :-)

Kate / Kajal said...

ok now your'e teasing me with this awesomeness !

yum yum !!!!

Susan said...

Vibrant and gorgeous, Dhanggit! Don't know if Mother's Day is celebrated in France, but give your loved ones extra hugs this weekend, anyway. : D

I Cook4Fun said...

I just love the gorgeous color of the gazpacho. Strawberry is in season here now so I will definitely try out this recipe.

beachlover said...

Love your beautiful red red strawberry photo and herb!!.

bee said...

what a great and gorgeous recipe. i need a red wardrobe too. :D

Luca&Sabrina said...

Wonderful idea! Is it also aphrodisiac? Because it looks so! We'll try it definetely! We like red things,we like strawberries and we like basil and we also like to experiment new recipes!
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Big Boys Oven said...

this is awesome!