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Recipe: How to make Spain’s summer classic gazpacho

Chilled, refreshing, and delicious, a bowl of gazpacho is a must during Spain's sizzling summer months.

Recipe: How to make Spain's summer classic gazpacho
Gazpacho is the perfect lunchtime refresher in the summer heat. Photo: Harlan Harris / Flickr

As summer nears and temperatures begin to soar, Spaniards find a perfect respite from the heat in a chilly, refreshing bowl of gazpacho.

The Spanish idiom “de gazpacho no hay empacho” – meaning “You can't get enough of a good thing” – epitomizes their love for the cold tomato soup, widely considered one of the most delectable dishes in Spanish cuisine.

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While there are countless different gazpacho recipes across Spain, Madrid-based food blogger Anneke Kooijmans shares her personal favourite with The Local. She can be found writing about gazpacho and other Iberian favourites at Lentils On Friday.

gazpacho ingredients
Photo from the Lentils on Friday blog by Anneke Kooijmans

How to make gazpacho:

Anneke’s gazpacho recipe (serves four to six):
 
1 thick slice of bread (most people don’t use the crust, I do)
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into quarters
1 kilo ripe plum tomatoes, quartered and hard white parts removed
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons of olive oil
salt
 
Roast the bread in a frying pan without any oil, until the bread has dried, but has not browned yet.
 
Turn the bread around once. Mince the bread to breadcrumbs in a blender, set apart.
 
Cream the pepper in a blender or food processor. Then add the tomatoes, salt and garlic and cream. Mix in the oil, vinegar and breadcrumbs. Taste and add more salt if necessary, or add water if the soup is too creamy.
 
Poor into a serving bowl cover and let the soup chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
 
Enjoy!
 

HEALTH

LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market

If you're looking for the right sun protection this summer, then you should be aware that the Spanish Ministry of Health has requested that 14 sunscreens be withdrawn because their SPF doesn't correspond to what is advertised.

LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market
The Spanish Ministry of Health requests the withdrawal of 14 sun creams. Photo: MYCHELE DANIAU / AFP

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) and the Ministry of Health, requested on Tuesday the voluntary withdrawal of 14 sun creams because the sun protection factor (SPF) that they advertise does not correspond to the labelling.

The results were discovered during a recent trial AEMPS carried out to guarantee that the sun protection factor is the one announced by the manufacturers. The trials focused on sunscreens with SPF 50 or SPF 50+, especially those with very light creams, mists and sprays. The agency chose 19 products from companies in different countries, of different sizes and price points.

Only five of the 19 creams analysed provided protection that was consistent with its labelling.

Five of the sun creams had an SPF much lower than that indicated on their labels, always below an SPF factor of 29.9. These are:

  • Abelay Sunscreen SPF50 from Ab7
  • Mussvital Photoprotector Spray Ultra Light 50+ aerosol from Peroxfarma
  • Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Sun Spray Transparent Dry Touch SPF 50 High by Beiersdorf AG
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation Solar Mist air soft SPF 50+ (High) by Wilkinson Sword
  • Australian Gold SPF Botanical SPF 50 continuous spray by Biorius

Nine of the sunscreens were found to have an SPF of between 30 and 49.9, instead of the advertised 50. These were:

  • Les Cosmetiques Sun Ultimate Sensitive SPF 50+ sun spray for sensitive skin from Carrefour
  • Belle & Sun Invisible Sun Mist SPF 50 by Perseida Beauty
  • Isdin Photoprotector Fusion Water SPF 50 from ISDIN daily use facial sunscreen
  • Farline sun spray SPF 50+ 200 mL Very High Protection
  • Babaria Solar Protective Mist SPF 50 by Berioska
  • Seesee Transparent Sun Spray SPF 50+ by Cosmetrade
  • Piz Buin Hydro Infusion Gel Sun Cream SFP 50 High Protection by Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté
  • Ladival Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ from STADA Arzneimittel AG
  • Lancaster Sun Sensitive Luminous Tan Comfort cream SPF 50+ by Coty

No incidents of sunburn related to any of these products have been reported, however the Ministry of Consumption has started to investigate possible illicit advertising and unfair practices, and where appropriate, will sanction the manufacturers.

According to Weather Online, the UV Index in Spain and other Mediterranean countries is a lot higher than in northern European countries. Indices of 9 and 10 are common, whereas, in the UK, the UV Index rarely exceeds 8.

If you’re looking for extra protection this summer, a new app, UV-Derma has been released by professors from the University of Malaga, which calculates how long you can stay in the sun before burning. 

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