A series to pay homage to the biggest cycling event in Spain: La Vuelta a España. You can join this tour without a bike, but not with an empty stomach. For more Spanish recipes on this series, follow this link.
As the Vuelta unfolds through Andalucía and the temperatures keep rising, it is little wonder that heat is already taking its tolls in the peloton. The Spaniards seem accustomed enough, or at least so they say when asked about how they manage at nights when unable to use the air conditioner.
As for Bradley Wiggings, reading how he trained for this Vuelta, I am sure this heat is doing nothing but making him feel right at home – or to be more exact, right at his home garden shed, where he rides the rollers cracking up the heat chamber.
However, I am yet to see a rider catching on what I think is the number 1 trick to cope with the often unbearable heat in Southern Spain: a glass of icy cold Gazpacho Andaluz.
But… wait a second! Am I wrong? Could this be Cancellara carrying a full load of gazpachos for the entire Leopard Trek team??
Difficulty: Like riding a bike with training wheels – and a tail wind
Gazpacho is more than forgiving to improvisation: feel free to add/remove to match your taste. A quick Google search will discover you that there are many regional and individual variations, and if the ingredients are fresh and just ripe enough, it is almost impossible to go wrong no matter which one you choose. If you are feeling adventurous, think cherry, avocado or even mango with prawns!
- 6 ripe tomatoes
- 1 green pepper
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- 1/2 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 slices bread, soaked in water
- 2 Tsp of olive oil
- sherry vinegar (or wine vinegar) to taste – I used 4 tsp
- 1 tsp salt
- Dice tomatoes, pepper, cucumber and onion. Place in a blender jar.
- Cut garlic in half and remove the inner core. Add to blender.
- Blend until liquified.
- Add oil, vinegar and salt.
- Add cold water to thin to desired consistency
- Time to try it out and rectify vinegar and salt to taste.
- Serve cold. If served on a bowl, you can garnish it with your choice of chopped tomatoes, onion, lettuce, hard boiled eggs or cucumbers.