Complications ensue as unexpected guests keep arriving. The pitcher gets pushed aside in the fridge until rediscovered by Marisa (Rossy de Palma), the fiance of Ivan's son, Carlos (played by an astonishingly geeky-looking Antonio Banderas, left). The chilled soup knocks Marisa out cold. Pepa is alarmed at first, but then realizes the dish has potential: as the police, the telephone repairman, Ivan's ex-wife, and a hysterical fashion model show up, everyone gets treated to a cup of soup and a nice, soothing siesta.
Often referred to as "liquid salad," gazpacho is a wonderfully refreshing dish in hot weather. Originating among rural workers in Andalusia, it was traditionally made with leftover bread pounded and softened in a bowl with water, olive oil, and whatever other ingredients happened to be on hand. Regional variations include almonds, lemon juice, egg whites, hot peppers and green beans, to name just a few.
(serves 4 to 6)
6 thin slices stale white bread
3 very ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 red or green pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons wine vinegar (sherry vinegar is especially good)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste. [Add water or tomato juice to desired consistency.] Serve chilled.
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