Gazpacho

Two days ago I made my first Gazpacho soup thanks to a recipe that my friend Sayuri gave me. It turned really good so I think I want to share the recipe with all the Chichipanguanorrea 3.0 visitors.

Ingredients
3x Red tomatoes
1/6 Onion
1 Cucumber
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Carrot
1 Red Bell Pepper
The equivalent of 5 slices of sliced bread, but of an old (hard) baguette.
1 tbl spoon Olive Oil
1 tbl spoon Balsamic Vinegar

Preparation
Cut and cook for 15 minutes the bell pepper, the carrot and the garlic with 2 cups of water.

Peel the cucumber and cut it in chunks. Cut the tomatoes as well and break the baguette into pieces.

Pour 1 cup of the water used to cook some of the ingredients into the blender, and blend the cucumber, the tomatoes and the onion. LET THE WATER COOL DOWN A BIT BEFORE USING THE BLENDER.

Add the oil and the vinegar and half of the bread and turn on the blender again.

Put the cooked ingredients in the blender, the rest of the bread and slowly add more of the water you used for cooking if necessary (probably half of what is left). The gazpacho is supposed to be very thick.

Add salt and pepper.

Put it in the refrigerator. Before consuming, take it outside the refrigerator for 20 min.

Microwaves

This week I purschased a new microwave oven (Sharp R-1505LK) because apparently my old microwave oven was leaking. My old microwave (Kenmore) was a gift from a former housemate and it was about 10 years old. The way I figure it was leaking microwaves was because when I turned it on, my Dish Network signal will be lost. The tv will show a blue and gray text message telling that the communication with the satellite was lost.

I read on the web that microwave ovens can affect wireless networks, cellphones and other devices and not necessarily have to be leaking. But the only way to find out if my microwave was leaking, was purchasing a leak detector and I didn’t wanted to do that. Since my kitchen originally had an over the range microwave oven installed that never worked and that I removed, I decided it would be better to buy one and take advantage of the fact that the microwave wont be using any countertop space. Besides if I ever sell my house, I would probably buy a microwave so the kitchen looks better, so I decided to buy it and enjoy it now.

About the installation of the Sharp R-1505LK

The installation wasn’t very easy. My friend Jeronimo helped me out, but it took us about 3 hours to install it. What screwed us was the fact that the microwave comes with a piece of paper that helps you to make the holes in the wall for the screws that will hold the microwave. Well, the holes in the piece of paper dont match the holes in the mounting plate. So we had to drill back a few holes. I’m going to email Sharp and let them know about this. Besides that, the microwave looks very good.