Austin Texas, a mere four hour drive south from Dallas yet worlds away when it comes to culture. A place steeped in contradiction, home to the seat of state government presently presided by one of the most conservative members of a certain party, yet also voted most friendly to Vegans in the whole country, beating out places like LA and Seattle. I always thought that the free thinkers who live there got lost on their way West, or just ran out of money. The slogan ‘Keep Austin Weird‘ describes it perfectly and allows it to attract a wide variety of experimenters. Must get down there more often.
Summer heat, which does not spare Austin, reminds me of my favorite Vegan food: Gazpacho. With as many recipes as there are cooks, this cold soup is perfect for lunch or dinner. Accompanied by homemade chips or a rice and lentil medley, Gazpacho gives you the raw veggie boost you need to energize your body and cool your brow.
Here’s my version:
Cut up the following veggies and place in blender:
1-2 medium cucumbers
5-6 ripe tomatoes
1 large avocado
1 seeded jalapeño
2 garlic cloves
Handful of cilantro
5 tbsp pumpkin raw pumpkin seeds
Vinegar and olive oil
Salt and pepper
Purée adding just enough chilled water to blend all ingredients gently. Taste and adjust seasoning.