Non-Fiction | 11 July 2016Summer Activities: Spanish Cooking! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Because so many fruits and vegetables are at their peak season between May and August, it’s easy to make food taste good in the summer. The best recipes abound with bright colors, zesty flavors, and fresh, crisp textures in order to showcase the natural flavors of the produce. And most of the time, the recipes don’t require too much work – a bit of chopping, maybe a quick sauté, and a light toss in some dressing is all it takes to turn raw goodness into a scrumptious meal. Because summer recipes usually require less time than winter recipes, summer is the perfect time to introduce kids to the kitchen. Letting little helpers assist with the mixing, stirring, and seasoning will help instil a lifelong appreciation of food and culture. Plus, cooking meals together is the perfect way to incorporate family time into everyday! A recipe book that makes traditional dishes kid-friendly, Let’s Cook Spanish is filled with all kinds of ideas for delicious summer recipes, such as Vegetable Cocas and Valencian Paella. Spain is known for their bright and flavorful cuisine, and Let’s Cook Spanish stays true to tradition with dishes that are bursting with spices and fresh produce. Along with super yummy meal ideas, this book includes both the English and Spanish translation of each recipe in a true celebration of Spanish culture. So what are you waiting for? Try out the recipe for Gazpacho, also known as cold vegetable soup, tonight! Excerpted from Let’s Cook Spanish Ingredients: 1kg peeled and seeded tomatoes 2 cloves of garlic, peeled 3 1/2oz (100g) peeled and seeded cucumber (optional) 2 to 4 slices day-old bread 3 1/2oz (100g) red bell pepper 1 cup (235ml) extra-virgin olive oil 3 to 4 tablespoons (45 to 60ml) sherry vinegar Salt A pinch of ground cumin (optional) Diced onion, cucumber, tomato and green and red pepper, cubed bread or croutons – for garnish Serves 8 Method Process the vegetables and bread in a blender Season to taste with olive oil, vinegar, salt, cumin Serve ice cold with the garnishes on the side Variations: If you substitute one-third of the tomatoes for watermelon you will have a delicious watermelon gazpacho to be served with diced pickled herring and/or diced avocado. To make strawberry or cherry gazpacho, substitute 15-20% of the tomatoes for fruit. Let’s Cook Spanish Author: Gabriela Llamas Publisher: Quarry Books Series: Let’s Cook Introduce your family to the art of Spanish cuisine with this highly engaging cookbook. Not only will it bring you closer together as a family, but it will teach your child a valuable hobby and get them interested in Spanish culture. US: UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.