Cucumber tomato rice salad

Cucumber tomato rice salad

cucumber tomato rice salad

Cucumber tomato rice salad

This fresh summer salad is made with brown rice, tomatoes, cucumber and mint and is dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. It can also be made with cous cous.

brown rice, cooked
1 cucumber, finely chopped
2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
juice of one lemon
a handful mint, finely chopped
salt and pepper
olive oil

Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Pour over the lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.


Pasta with tuna and tomato sauce

pasta with tuna and tomato sauceYou can make this recipe with any type of pasta: spaghetti, noodles, fettucine, macaroni, etc. The measurements are approximate and really depend on the number you are cooking for.

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can tuna
1 tablspoon capers, chopped
1 small can black olives, stoned and chopped
2 tablespoons tomato purée
olive oil
salt and pepper

Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water.

Meanwhile heat some olive oil in and gently fry the garlic until soft.

Add the chilli and stir-fry for a while before adding the tuna, chopped tomatoes and tomato purée. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and then cover and leave to simmer until the pasta is cooked.

Drain the pasta and tip into the saucepan, stirring well to combine all the flavours.

Gazpacho: cold, Andalusian tomato soup

Recipe for gazpacho: cold, Andalusian tomato soup

tomato gazpacho recipe

Tomatos are now ready: let the tomatofest begin

One of the highlights of my year is when we get the first tomatoes and I can start making gazpacho. I first tasted gazpacho on my year abroad in Sevilla. In the oppressive Sevilla heat, gazpacho was a refreshing interlude and we would go to a bar where you could order it by the glass. Bars serve a slightly watered down version in long glasses with ice cubes that you can drink. Restaurants, on the other hand, serve a thicker version in a bowl and served with finely diced garnishes (hard-boiled egg, cucumber, green pepper, onion, tomato, croutons). When I first saw gazpacho being made by a woman in Seville, I was sure she cracked an egg into the mix before blending. Later at another person’s house, she admitted to adding a spoonful of mayonnaise to the mixture.

There are literally hundreds of ways of preparing gazpacho and each person has their own recipe. Here is mine. You can make it as fine or as chunky as you like. If you prefer, you can sieve it after to remove the seeds and skins. If you would like to serve it as a drink, then add more water. I like to add a spoon of mayonnaise as well as I think that this improves the texture and taste but it’s entirely up to you.

The quantities are approximate and really depend on how many people you are preparing it for. The important thing is that the tomatoes must be red and ripe as the flavour really does depend on the ingredients you put in.

For more facts and information about tomatoes check out this page.
There is a thicker cold tomato soup called Salmorejo click here

1-2kg ripe tomatoes
1 Spanish cucumber (or about 15cm of a long cucumber)
1 large Spanish green pepper or 1/2 Italian green pepper
5 cloves garlic
2 capfuls of balsamic vinegar
a good slug of olive oil
1 dessertspoon mayonnaise

Blend all the ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Add as much water as you like.

Taste and add more salt, vinegar, garlic, etc. if necessary.




Salmorejo – a chilled, tomato-based soup




A lot of people are put off by the idea of a cold tomato soup, imagining a can of Heinz tomato soup poured into a bowl and served. But it’s time to put any ill-conceived ideas aside and give this recipe a try. Both salmorejo and gazpacho are served chilled. Salmorejo traditionally originates in Córdoba and is topped with jamón serrano and hard-boiled egg. It was on a visit to Córdoba that I first tasted it in a bar. It was love at first taste.

While gazpacho is made from tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, garlic, vinegar and olive oil, salmorejo is its thicker cousin: a chilled tomato soup made with tomato, bread, garlic and olive oil.

As with gazpacho, everyone has their own recipe. Some people peel the tomatoes, but I don’t think it’s necessary. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s fast and easy to prepare. The important thing is for the tomatoes to be red and ripe. I’ve seen recipes which add onion, green pepper but the moment you start adding those you are simply making a gazpacho. Salmorejo should only really be made with the ingredients shown below.

There was some salmorejo left over so the next day, I added a small amount of water and served it glasses.

For more facts and information about tomatoes, check out this page.
For a gazpacho recipe click here

1kg ripe tomatoes
200g stale bread, cut into chunks
250ml olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced

Remove the core from the tomatoes and put into a bowl. Season with salt and add the garlic. Blend with a stick blender. Add the bread to the tomato and mix well. Leave for about 15 minutes to soften the bread. Pour in the oil and blend well. Check for seasoning.

Chill before serving. Decorate with finely chopped hard-boiled egg and/or serrano ham.