What a special treat!
One of my FAVORITE CHEFS OF ALL TIME, Chef Wendy Landiak, joined us at the Grow Indie Gardens while taping Episode 5 of our cooking show (online in a week!), to make a super-fresh gazpacho.
My new favorite memory of Wendy is now the image of her walking through the garden, cutting fresh veggies with her chef’s knife, and then lugging her Vitamix to a hay bale to set up her workspace.
It truly doesn’t get fresher than this, folks!
Garden Gazpacho with Wendy of Balasia + The Honey Underground
RECIPE for Garden Gazpacho
As you can see, nothing was meticulously measured, so here’s an idea of what went into the soup:
- Fill a blender halfway with various tomatoes (rough chop large tomatoes into large chunks)
- 1 bunch basil, leaves only
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 medium cucumber, cut into chunks
- 1 tsp (or more to taste) smoked salt and/or Himalayan pink salt (if you don’t have these, regular salt will do, but it may not be as exotic!)
- 2-3 hot peppers (lemondrop pepper, jalapeno, or hot pepper of choice! Removing the seeds will cut down on the heat. Add these to taste. Maybe start with one if you’re wary of the heat!)
- 1 and 1/2 bell peppers (red and/or green), rough chopped in chunks
Start blending on a low-medium speed until gazpacho is blended. Stop while it still maintains chunky texture! That’s all.
Optional: Drizzled with good olive oil, torn pieces of stale bread as makeshift croutons, garnish with fresh basil, add olive oil and heat on the stove for a pasta sauce
Wendy cut up a bell pepper to make some impromptu spoons. And hey – it’s even kid-approved!
You can find Wendy at the Balasia stand at Farmer’s Markets across the Lehigh Valley. And if you EVER have the chance to attend her supper club, The Honey Underground (named after a poetic way of describing carrots), you MUST. GO. You must.
Find out where Wendy’s going, what she’s making, and how you can get her food by following the FACEBOOK page, or checking out her WEBSITE.
Did I stress how delicious her food is? (Here’s a post I made about The Honey Underground — pictures!) Organic, local, always vegan, fusion-food inspired by cuisines around the world. She also caters events, will do private cooking classes, and is knowledgable about food allergies and even Ayurvedic cooking.