Today, I had a wonderful group with my patients.
Sometimes, when I run a group, I ask patients to introduce themselves with the following questions: “what do you love to do?” Or, “what do you do that makes you lose track of time?”
Surprisingly, such a simple question generates a lot of discussion. It engenders positive feelings of well-being and it is an opportunity for patients to share with each other their passions in life.
One patient, Henri, (I wrote about him in The Birthday Party https://coffeeklatchinsight.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/the-birthday-party/) shared in an earlier group that he loves to garden and he even grows his own vegetables.
Today, he surprised us. He brought in his first crop of tomatoes. With such luscious tomatoes, I decided to make gazpacho soup.
I have not made gazpacho soup in years. I forgot how great it is.
This recipe comes from my Aunt Perel (A”H). Aunt Perel was a fabulous cook! I think of her often, especially when I cook.
Cooking was Aunt Perel’s passion in life. She could quote the source and the originator of a particular recipe the way other people discuss academic research.
This soup is particularly great when using fresh, ripe tomatoes. It feels like eating salad in a bowl.
1.5 lbs ripe tomatoes
3/4 cup onions
1 cucumber, peeled
1 small green pepper
1-2 garlic cloves
1.5 teaspoons salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil (can add up to 1/3 cup, but my family does not like things with too much oil)
1/2 cup wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
Optional: 3/4 cup dried breadcrumbs, or serve with croutons
Place ingredients in food processor and pulse until desired consistency. Adjust seasoning. Serve chilled.
I must say, this soup surpassed my wildest expectations!
My husband loved it! He said, “this is fantastic! I don’t even like gazpacho….. Can I have some more?”
A true vote of confidence!
Many blessings to Aunt Perel (A”H) for sharing her wonderful recipes and culinary expertise.