Summer Sundays and Ina

I am loving this meme about Summer Sundays
A wonderful idea from The Tablescaper.
Thinking about summer is delightful.

There is nothing better than the good food that comes with summer.
In particular, the fruit and vegetables sold at the country roadstand market.
I came across this one in New Hampshire.

The first thing that runs thru my mind 
when I am standing in the midst of all this is Ina Garten
and her cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa

Her recipe for Gazpacho is a family favourite.

 To get that wonderful summer flavour 
you need to find beautiful ripe tomatoes.....

Once you have those in hand you follow these simple instructions:

The Barefoot Contessa
Serves 8-10
2 hothouse cucumbers, halved and seeded, but not peeled.
3 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
8 plum tomatoes
2 red onions
6 garlic cloves, minced
46 ounces tomato juice (6 cups)
1/1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess!!

After each vegetable is processed, combine then in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavour develops.

Notes from Jeanne:
Texture is important, best to chop each vegetable separately...pulse slowly.
When you live overseas and try to follow American recipes it can be a bit of a hassle.
To make things easier for Kiwis and Aussies....
If you live in New Zealand, I suggest the 'Vegie Juice' by Daily Harvest. 
The 'Garden Harvest' with beetroot adds a really nice flavour.
If you live in Australia, I suggest their 'V8' low sodium vegetable juice.
I haven't made it in England yet...I will amend when I do :)

To all this I say Bon Appetit and have a wonderful Summer Sunday!
and Father's Day too!!

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  1. Fabulous post! You have really made me want a little bit of summer today and that is not an easy thing to do because I love Winter as much as I love Summer!

    Thanks for the tip for your Down- Under readers too!

    Best wishes always,

  2. What a neat market, it would be fun to shop there!

  3. Ooooh thank you, thank you Jeanne. As I was reading this and looking at the lovely photos I hoped you would give the recipe - and you did!!I love Gazpacho and am so pleased I now know a good recipe.. and thanks for the Australian tip about low sodium V8 juice too... x

  4. Might have to wait another month or so in our neck of the woods before the tomatoes are ripe enough to make this. But I am definitely going to file this away for then...this recipe sounds sublime.

  5. Summer Sunday got away from me! Ina's gazpacho is the one I always make. There is just something about her recipes that mean summer, coastal, delicious meals. She is the one 'cook' I would love to share a meal with.
    The hand-chopping can take a while for this one- but so worth it! Perfect for the raw eating plan.

  6. Happy Summer Sunday, my friend! And I love all of Ina's cookbooks! I will be trying out Summer Sundays myself once I get over the last week of school/ two graduations/ and 10 party madness of the week!

  7. I really love the country side markets. Something more personal and special about those. :) And I absolutely love the old street signs like that. I wish there were more of those still around.

    Hope you have a good day. :)

  8. Ahh yes, summer food truly is so wonderful and refreshing. I enjoy nothing more than the brilliantly sweet tastes of ripened strawberries and raspberries, accompanied by an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Oh so delicious! And thank you for sharing that recipe, I shall definitely be trying it out :)

  9. Oh, farm stands!!! One of my favorite summer places. They are so filled with inspiration. And you're right, Ina Garten's books are right on. I've never tried her gazpacho, but now I will.

    Thanks so much for coming and joining "Summer Sundays"!

    - The Tablescaper

  10. What an interesting life you lead!-- an expat of three countries now living in the United Kingdom. I had to look up your profile after seeing your farmstand pictures from New Hampshire :) looked so familiar. I also enjoyed your recommendations for low sodium V8 juice for Ina's soup. Low sodium V8 is a standard in my kitchen:)

  11. I love gazpacho, but have never made it. I will this year when the tomatoes come. Are yours ready already? The first tomato is always mine! I can't wait. Love the roadside stands. So quaint. Nice to meet you through Summer Sundays.

  12. We love gazpacho here, but first we need some warmer temperatures. Where is the summer?!


  13. sweet jeanne...

    this post makes my heart beat faster... one of my favorite things in life is to see a homemade sign with (anything) written on it knowing that treasure lives nearby... peas, carrots, tomatoes, berries.. and then the mind takes off (usually to ina) to discover what one can make with the bounty.
    delightful... and i wish you as always... a glorious day..
    xoxo pam

  14. What a scrumptous post Jeanne!
    I love market stands too.
    That recipe looks delicious and Ina has such a great knack with cooking and entertaining.

  15. Thanks one and all for your comments...glad to know that I am not the only one that loves gazpacho. I am very particular about it too....must be crunchy!

    Hope everyone is having a lovely summer/winter day :)

  16. Oh how delicious, Jeanne. I love the New Hampshire photos and the Gazpacho looks delicious.
    All we need now are some slightly warmer days !!!! XXXX

  17. I love farm stands but the only one I ever pass has the same things I have in my garden. I wish there was a big farmers market close by. This l;ooks so inviting.

  18. greta recipe, thank you! i've been wanting to make gazpacho for a few weeks now - brilliant. i've not had it many times before but have always loved it so this looks brilliant. I shall see what i can track down by way of tomato juice - you can get low sodium V8 here i think....

  19. I love that roadside stand, everything looks so fresh

  20. I adore summer fruit and veggie stands too...oh and flower stands..those are a must stop. Have a great new week xoo

  21. I love the farm stands. Lots of them here. Not much available yet.Ina filmed a show at my neighbors house. He is on her show often. I net her when she had her store here...before she was famous!

  22. I am a long time fan of Ina Garten. Love her food and her philosophy of hospitality.

    Your photos are lovely. I am grateful that Seattle has such a lovely Farmers Market. (Pike's Place)

    Happy summer cooking.

  23. I absolutely love following your blogs and look forward to every new post! I live in New Malden, Surrey, near Kingston upon Thames and wanted to send youa few new places to go that you might not have discovered yet! Petersham nurseries which is near Richmond, Sunbury Antiques market at Kempton Racecourse next one 29th June,Fannys Farm near Reigate. Info about all places on line - enjoy!

  24. That road side market looks divine!I am also loving that table at the bottom of your post, just beautiful! Lise x

  25. ohhh yum jeanne!! that looks delish and makes me miss summer so much! jx

  26. That market is so pretty to look at, and the veggies I'm sure, are delicious. I have been thinking of gazpacho lately, as well, it truly is perfect for summer. Thanks for posting the recipe, Jeanne.


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