summer idea 01 :: gazpacho al fresco

19 July 2014

A title of spanish and italian words? Doesn't get much better that that.

We recently got some garden furniture for our back garden, and although we don't have a BBQ just yet, I couldn't wait to make use of it (we all know that true summer days in the UK are fleeting!) so we had a little al fresco dinner last weekend.

Gazpacho soup is a favourite of mine in the summer months - it is just so embarrassingly easy, there's no need for heat on those hotter days, and it's foolproof paired with some charcuterie and bread. The raw red onion and chilli give it a bit of a kick which I like, but you can adjust the quantity to your liking.

I've popped the "recipe" at the end of the post, but it's a) not even a recipe, really and b) you can customise it to your heart's desire. It's probably not the most authentic one you'll come across, but it's good enough for us!

To drink, I improvised and made a grown up lemonade - generous shot of Limoncello & cold, sparkling water. It was so refreshing and delicious, I don't know why I didn't think of it before!

I am absolutely in love with these colourful bowls - I had eyed them up for a while in Anthropologie, so when they went on sale and I spotted them for 2.95 each (originally 12.95!), I went a little nuts and bought two each in 3 different colours. I adore them.

I hope to have many more dinners outside before the season's over - there is just something so relaxing and lovely about sitting in the evening sunshine with good food and good company, isn't there?

8-12 medium ripe vine tomatoes
half a cucumber
1 large or 2 medium celery stalks
half large red pepper
half large green pepper
half red onion
2-3 cloves garlic
one fresh red chilli
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus a little more to serve
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
juice of half a lemon
salt & pepper to taste

To make:
1) Roughly chop all the vegetables, throw everything into a blender (or a large bowl if using a hand blender), and blitz until smooth.
2) Chill for at least a couple of hours. To serve, garnish with some finely chopped green and red peppers, and top with a little olive oil.

P.S. I was recently interviewed on the lovely blog OtherMix all about my running habits, how it started, etc. - head over there to read, and also read all the other runners she's interviewed here


  1. Mmmm.. I love gazpacho. It's so cooling. I'm planning on getting a food processor soon so can't wait to try out the recipe! And great bargain bowls!

    Saskia /

  2. Every year in autumn when I m moving my balcony furniture I feel kind of sadness, but seriously, just love the warm summer nights outside, good food and good company. Enjoy it as much as u can;-) And thank u for the recipe! xx

  3. Looks good! :]

    Thanks for joining my with the interviews, it was a pleasure having you!
    (P.s. I laughed at that half the links are with .hu instead of .com/.nl because of my vacation, hahah!)

  4. Yummy! So perfect for eating outside on a warm evening. Summer is wonderful <3 xo

  5. Totally will be making this recipe !

    Thanks lovely x

  6. I also adore those bowls as well as the rest of the tablescape, THIS recipe and your photography capturing the meal. :)

  7. The bowls are SO PRETTY and even prettier at such a bargain price ;] I love eating outside during's just so charming I think. I love gazpacho too, it's just so refreshing and perfect.

  8. i've been wanting some outdoor furniture as well to enjoy cool summer evenings. yours is lovely. and dinner looks so summery! read your running high q & a! it was great!


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