23 Sep

Gaspacho à alentejana

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Ingredients :

400 g of bread (preferably a little old)
9 dl of water
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of vinegar
4 tomatoes
½ cucumber
¼ green pepper
Salt
6 ice cubes

Inside your Lusitan Box Red Edition :
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of oregano leaves

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Preparation:

  • Place 2 tomatoes in boiling water for a few seconds, in order to remove the skin more easily. Pull the skin from the tomatoes and blend it to obtain a tomato pulp.

  • In a mortar, crush garlic with salt.
  • Add garlic and salt to the tomato pulp and stir it well.
  • Cut the remaining 2 tomatoes, the cucumber and bell pepper into small cubes and add to the mixture.
  • Add the water and stir well.
  • Season with salt, olive oil and vinegar and mix well. Taste the seasoning and adjust to your taste.
  • Add the oregano leaves and put the mix in the fridge.
  • Cut the bread into small cubes.
  • Before serving, add ice to the mixture. Everyone is invited to put bread on his plate before serving.

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Notes:

  • There are many variations of this traditional gaspacho from Alentejo, some with more or less garlic,  vinegar or olive oil, water or tomato juice etc. As you will understand, it depends on the taste of each chef, and on the tradition of each village.

  • Gaspacho is also called “vinagrada”, which comes from the word vinegar of course, because oftenly you can find a very strong taste of vinegar.

  • Normally, gaspacho is eaten with fried horse mackerel, also called “joaquinzinhos” (meaning “small Joaquims”). But you can also use it for smoked ham of an iberian pig for instance – that will match well with this recipe.

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16 Sep

Lusitan Box #1 : All red edition

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For those who have didn’t received yet the first Lusitan Box, we will reveal its content, little by little, here on our blog, but before, we wanted to give you a little overview of this first edition! To start, why red? The answer is quite simple, because we love strawberries, tomatoes, and wine, yes it is that easy.

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 This first box is full of surprises and full of Cacildo, we offer you one cool tote bag with our Compadre Cacildo, a postcard and a sticker to stick in everywhere you want Cacildo to be (send us photos of your Cacildo!). As you can notice, this summer Cacildo took advantage of aquatic resources of the Alentejo, both Alqueva lake and Vicentina Coast.

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We prepared you a traditional regional menu, with full recipes inside your box, so that you can use the products of this first edition. Of course, you can also make your own recipes! Feel free to share with us photos of your recipes and products Lusitan Box! Send them to contact@lusitanbox.com or share them with us on Facebook & Instagram!

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In this box we offer two promotionnal offers for you to use in Alentejo, you can discover a fantastic hotel in the northern Alentejo and practice paddle surf on Alqueva Lake.

Order your red edition box now or subscribe to receive our next boxes every 3 months!

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