Gazpacho - Aussie style.

An unusual vegetable smoothie.  Gazpacho, smoothie style. Veggies in a glass.

An unusual vegetable smoothie.  Gazpacho, smoothie style. Veggies in a glass.

I know this isn't brilliant for anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment, but I just had to share this delicious cold soup/smoothie recipe with you because of the amazing veg available here in Byron Bay.... all grown locally, from the Farmer's Market, all organic and just a joy to use for gazpacho, especially as I am doing a detox at the moment. (Blog on that coming soon.) And just look at the shape of this cucumber - the EU wouldn't allow one of those to be sold in the UK!

Lovely fresh produce for gazpacho, from Byron Bay Farmers Market, Australia.

Lovely fresh produce for gazpacho, from Byron Bay Farmers Market, Australia.

I have featured a gazpacho recipe before, but this is one with an Australian twist, using what's available locally and in season. This is a fabulous, nutritious "soup", especially if you're fasting, detoxing or doing the 5:2 diet as it's only about 100 calories......but only in a hot climate.  If you're doing the 5:2 or fasting  in a cold climate, you might find my ratatouille recipe a good alternative. It's nice and filling, low calorie and very healthy.

INGREDIENTS - ALL FINELY DICED

I large cucumber

A ton of fresh tomatoes - I didn't even weight them

2 sticks of celery

2 green chillies

1 red pepper

2 spring onions

2 cloves of garlic

Seasoning

Just throw the lot into a large blender, add a bit of liquid, a dash of olive oil & cider vinegar and whizz it all up.  That's it. Too easy, as they say here!  I then added some raw, beetroot & cumin crackers to add a little crunch, 'cause I'm enjoying a natural, 'living' diet as much as possible while I'm here, especially after the Christmas excesses. 

My version of gazpacho. Perfect for a fasting day. 

My version of gazpacho. Perfect for a fasting day. 

I also make this into a delicious, cooling vegetable smoothie, just great for all liquid fast days. The Spanish would be horrified! 

Gazpacho in a glass. Vegan & vegetarian vegetable smoothie.

Gazpacho in a glass. Vegan & vegetarian vegetable smoothie.

 

See you soon, and let me know how you're getting on this month & if you try this recipe.