Strawberry Gazpacho

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Be warned – PICTURE HEAVY POST!

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Some days are just hard. Eight years into motherhood and I still miserably fail some days. Those days I feel are wasted ones, I feel low, I feel lost and I feel miserable about everything else. I wonder why these “some days” ever happen to me. Why! Never found an answer for that till date.

How these days even begin, I wonder! Do they begin with a sour note right from the morning or do they just happen as it goes on?  Small, simple things sometime put me off. And I cannot bring myself back to normal on those “some days”.

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I’m a OCD person. I can go nuts seeing the house all messed up the 10th minute I cleaned it up whole. With time I began to learn to foresee these things. I began to talk to myself and avoid seeing the mess. I began telling myself ‘do not frantically clean the house whole day’. I haven’t succeeded 100% yet. But I have sure surprised my self sometimes sitting in between the pile of mess and try to pretend it doesn’t bother me.

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Why can’t people keep things back in it’s exact place where it’s meant to be kept.  Like the soap box goes back to its shelf once you have bathed, right? NO, wrong! At home the soap box never goes back to it’s shelf. It’s always lying on the counter top, ALWAYS!

The cereal box never is meant to be closed tight after you use the cereal for your breakfast.

The pencil box never goes back into the bag after you finish your homework. You can randomly place it along with toys and pack it up into the toy basket, just to run frantically like a headless chicken all over the house just before your school bus arrives next morning. Yeah, that’s right!

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And you don’t even make an effort to look for something you wanted. All you do is “hey where’s that?, Hey do we have this at home?”, “hey you didn’t buy that packet this month?”…hey, hey , hey….

Boy, some days are just like this…

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But that’s the beauty of life isn’t it! A perfect life is boring, so we all need that little mess. Those little things which makes life interesting to live, learning to go with the flow and realize that there is a reason for everything – that takes the pressure off big time.

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You know as a mother you have done your job right when you kids says at least once “I hate you!”. BTW that is completely okay to hear that from your child, really. Sometimes..you see. It’s an assurance that shows your doing your job right. :D

My kids haven’t come to the point to make that statement yet, but I’m telling myself – this might happen.

If they have to eat their vegetables and fruits I tell them “finish everything on your plate”, and I tell it with my own tone. They used to take my words for granted earlier, now they know “When mom says NO, it means a NO”, and “when mom says eat your veggies, you better finish your veggies, even if you dont like them”. And you see, they also understand that “When dada says NO, it means no, ….mmmm maybe….okay YES”. :D

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I made this strawberry gazpacho a few weeks back, I wanted kids to drink it, a little of it as I knew all the wonderful things that went into making this soup. I told them you have to drink it, and made sure they drank their 20ml of soup even though they scrunched their faces, they even tried to pretend to throw up…No sign of me letting go…they finally gave up the tantrums and drank it up :D

I on the other hand freaked out on this delicious soup. Yea it was delicious. Hot weather outside and cold soup loaded with strawberries, cucumbers and everything..it’s goooood! Summer calls for this perfect soup. It has wonderful bite in it.

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Ingredients

1 cup strawberries

1 tomato

½ red bell peppers

1 English cucumber

2 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup vegetable stock

 

For garnish

Few chopped strawberries

Few thyme leaves

 

Method

  1. Hull the strawberries and chop them into pieces. Chop all vegetables into pieces.
  2. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse them until you pureed.
  3. Pour the puree into a container and chill it over night.
  4. Serve it with few chopped strawberries and thyme leaves. Serve chilled.

 

 

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