When I was young, my parents grew tomatoes in containers out on the back porch. Any that fell from the vines of their own accord were left in brown paper bags on the windowsill to ripen. There I was, so lucky to have a steady stream of freshly-picked ripe tomatoes, but I remember wishing that we could have pale ones that didn’t smell, like I got at my friends’ houses. How young, how foolish. Now, if I’m perusing a farmer’s market and I get that familiar strong smell of vine-ripened tomatoes, instead of rolling my eyes and wallowing in teenage angst, I always pick up a few. My perfect sandwich is a ripe, dark tomato, pickled gherkins and American mustard. A bit of red onion if I’m feeling feisty.
I’ve been juicing, smoothing and souping for Jumpstart15. I’ve got together with some blogger friends to squash vegetables and get healthy for 2015. Not a detox, not a diet (Hi, dark chocolate! *waves and munches on a piece*), but eating veg and feeling better.
My breakfasts have been a beautiful rainbow of vegetable juices or smoothies and my lunch has been soups. I’m also doing Veganuary (eating vegan all month), so my dinners have been stews, stir fries and hot salads.
Smoothies are often sweet, so for this one I thought I’d go savoury. With a few beautiful, pungently-ripe tomatoes in the kitchen, there was only one thing for it: Bloody Mary Smoothie!
I’ve added raw onion to this and the first few trials were WAY too strong, but I like the balance of this final recipe. It’s almost like a cold gazpacho soup, as the tomatoes are raw and thick, plus the spicy, punchy flavours.
Go on, add some vodka if you’re soldiering through the final days of Dry January. I won’t judge (reaches for the Smirnoff).
- 2 ripe tomatoes
- 1 stick celery
- small ring of raw onion
- ¼ lemon, peeled
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (or vegan alternative)
- 1 teaspoon malt vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- few dashes hot sauce to taste
- pinch black pepper
- pinch salt
- handful of ice
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Serve cold. Add vodka if desired!
I made this in my high-speed vortex Froothie blender, but you can try it in any blender or even a hand held one.