Jill Fergus

I began cooking as a child and feeding family and friends has always been my passion. My kitchen is a busy one. I love to experiment and embrace the kitchen successes along with the accidents. I love to cook and collaborate with friends. I am seasonally driven (I love the farmer's market!), avoid processed foods and focus on whole and organic (mostly plant-based, but not exclusively) choices. In my home, my family has a variety of eating preferences from plant-based, gluten free, refined sugar free to full on omnivore. My goal is to create dishes to please all, either as is or with minor adjustments to the recipe. Where did "Feed the Swimmers" come from? When my kids began swimming competitively and growing into young adults, I realized, even more, how important nutrition is to performance, growth and overall health and emotional well being. Everyone (including the coach during travel meets) would ask "what are you feeding the swimmers?" This has become my mantra whenever I'm in my kitchen cooking for family and the friends I love.

 

 

Simple Summer Gazpacho with Peach and Raspberry

Simple Summer Gazpacho with Peach and Raspberry

There is little I love more than summer tomatoes. And, in warm weather, I find cold soups the most refreshing. The delightful flavors of ripe tomatoes and peaches with the raspberries play off of one another brilliantly and leave the door open for different spice options. Here I chose balsamic, but this is also wonderful spiced with jalapeños and cilantro. Every time I make this, we find ourselves wanting to lick the bowls (I have to admit, we sometimes do). I finally noted quantities and am delighted to share this with you here! And, please, as always, adjust quantities and ingredients to suit your taste. There is no making a mistake here. As with everything, the quality of the ingredients you choose will shine through and make this dish special. Everything here may be found at summer farmers markets in your area. This is also a great use for peaches which may be passed their eating out of hand prime.

I am not able to eat raw onion or garlic, so these two ingredients are glaring omissions for a gazpacho recipe. Please go ahead and add them if you like. If you don’t have a food mill, press the raspberries through a sieve to remove the seeds.  

One thing to note, if you process more raspberries than you need, the extra “purée” is delicious added to an aqua fresca with a touch of simple syrup and a squirt of lemon- the perfect beverage to accompany a summer meal!

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You may also remove the seeds from the tomatoes, but this step I frequently skip. 

Summer Gazpacho with Peach and Raspberry  

serves 2 large bowls

Ingredients

6 oz (1/2 dry pint) organic raspberries  

1 lb organic tomatoes (very ripe best) 

1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber or, chopped cucumber which has seeds removed.  

1/2 large peach (about 4 oz), pit an skin removed   

1 clove garlic confit

2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 tsps balsamic vinegar (you may substitute sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar, even jalapeño pickle juice) 

flaky sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 Method-

1- Run raspberries through a food mill or sieve to remove seeds and measure 1/4 cup of the purée.

Reserve the remaining for agua fresca or anything raspberry treat of your choosing. 

2- Rough chop tomatoes and peach and place in a high speed blender with 1/4 cup raspberry purée  all ingredients and blend until a smooth texture is achieved. 

3- Place in an airtight glass container and refrigerate for 1 hour or more. Serve with garnishes of choice and enjoy! 

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