Low in calories with a high flavor impact, summer garden gazpachos make for the perfect soupy saviors for those morbidly humid days and nights! It’s easy to hit the farmers market in a pinch to pick up all of the essential ingredients for preparation, supporting your local community, saving time, adding fun and eating well! With all of the fresh produce available at this time of year, there is no limit to what we can transform into a fabulous gazpacho! In this class, we’ll not only learn gazpacho recipes, but we’ll explore the history, tracing it back to the Moors of Spain and the Andalusian region, specifically. What started out as a soup of bread, garlic, olive oil and water soon included vinegar and suddenly tomatoes and cucumbers followed suit creating the gazpacho we know today! We’ll talk about the basics of gazpacho, among them using a mortar and pestle to achieve the perfect consistency. But we won’t focus on the traditional gazpachos, this class is all about using the gazpacho ideals along with summers magical bounty. We will not only kick it up a notch incorporating garden vegetables other than normal traditional gazpachos, we will be transforming succulent summer fruit into dream like summer soups by using such creatures like grapes, melons and mangoes! And we will do learn some fun creative ways to bring gazpacho into a whole new light! Ripen up your gazpacho repertoire with us!
Recipes: Garden Heirloom Gazpacho; Cucumber Melon Mint Gazpacho; Spicy Mango & Yellow Tomato; Chili Gazpacho Shrimp Cocktail; Fresh Oyster Shooters
Class Type: Individual, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Get a handle on summer’s favorite soup- gazpacho!
Nissa Pierson plays favorites when it comes to gazpacho, providing the perfect amount of flavor using fresh ingredients without resorting to added fats and sugars. Nissa is a lady whom you can assume has run with the bulls and found herself experiencing the likes of Turkish hamans. Noted marketing expert, accredited recipe writer, and herb farming extraordinaire, Nissa Pierson has led the way for Ger-Nis International LLC for nearly a decade, pioneering a new course for fair-trade & organic fruit and vegetable distribution. She has been teaching cooking classes for over a decade; lives a life that upholds her fair-trade, organic values; and is a renowned, noted herb expert, having worked in herb fields and the herb business for quite a time now. She has acquired a master gardener certificate, allowing for a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the growing process undertaken by every food plant and a deeper respect for its growers. When she is not at the office, you might find her kickboxing, surfing, dreaming of lavishly designed footwear, or hanging with Mr. Cooper (just kidding). Contact Nissa