Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Delicious Mistake

Every year we plant a garden. Well, mostly my husband, Kevin, plants the garden and I watch. Kevin travels a lot for work so the garden starts to grow and so do the weeds. I'm afraid of snakes and use that as an excuse not to weed the garden while he's gone. We have lots of snakes by the way! So anyway, our garden never does great. Last year we had a few tomatoes but they weren't tasty. They would look ripe but when you cut into them they were hard and light colored on the inside.

This year we did it right! Kevin tilled the soil and added organic chicken poop to it. We mounded rows for planting and then put down that black garden fabric (I actually helped). It holds in moisture and keeps the weeds out. We also bought our plants from a local grower rather than our big box home improvement store.

I don't know if it was one certain thing we did differently this year or a combination of things, but we have hit the mother load!

After giving away a bunch of tomatoes the other day, I decided that I would make salsa with some of what we had left. I have a new hand blender that I have only used once so I thought I'd give it a try. I thought I could give it one quick pulse and it would chop the tomatoes and other ingredients perfectly. Boy was I wrong! That one quick pulse made soup out of what was supposed to be salsa.
So, rather than salsa we had a fabulous gazpacho!

Here's how I made it...
3 large tomatoes
1/4 vidalia onion, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
5 slices of jalapeno out of the jar

That's it! I just blended it up and got a gazpacho with a Mexican flair. It had quite a kick with the jalapenos. I might add less next time but my husband loved it that way. I added a little sour cream to cut the heat! Yum!


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