After all, Spain has one of the world's most enticing, refined, creative and innovative cuisines. For the First Lady to pass up any opportunity to eat like a Queen during her visit would have been a crime. So, she did just that by having a delightful lunch with the King and Queen of Spain. The group dined on char grilled turbot, veal escalopes with mustard, Oriental rice with sautéed mushrooms, a Mallorca-style vegetable ratatouille and sliced fruit with ice cream. To drink: Wine from the northern regions of Rueda and Rioja.
But what I took note of was Mrs. Obama's chance to indulge in the nation's traditional and ubiquitous gazpacho. A trip to Spain is not genuine if you don't enjoy a robust bowl of the cold sopa de tomate or tomato soup.
This world famous soup has been seen and tasted in different varieties, but the all time classic is pretty simple and can be the perfect refresher on your menu on a steamy late summer afternoon. Although I didn't have any gazpacho on my last trip to Spain, I vividly remember sitting with my family 11 years ago, outside on a brick patio and under a gorgeous tree. We all sipped our soups and begged to have just one more taste.
Having played with different version and aromatic spices and herbs, I like to think that I make an equally authentic gazpacho and have a recipe that even the First Lady would love to write down!
I hope you enjoy!
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