Get into the holiday mood and learn Spanish with your children

Get into the holiday mood and learn Spanish with your children

You can get into the summer holiday mood and learn Spanish with your children.

Why not prepare my favourite Spanish summer recipe and learn some new words together.

My ultimate summer food is Gazpacho! Luckily you can find it in every Spanish supermarket in handy carton to keep nice and cool in the fridge. On our summer holidays gazpacho after the pool or beach is a must.

Here is the recipe for a sunny English day to get  you into the holiday mood and learn some more Spanish words with your children, remember, learning by doing is the best way!

Serves 4. Para 4

100g slightly stale crusty white bread, soaked in cold water for 20 mins. Pan duro en agua
1kg very ripe tomatoes, diced. Tomates maduros cortados
1 ripe red pepper and 1 green pepper, deseeded and diced. Un piminero rojo y uno verde sin semillas y cortados
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced. Medio pepino pelado y cortado
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed. 2 dientes de ajo pelados y machacados
150ml extra virgin olive oil. Aceite de oliva virgen
2tbsp sherry vinegar. Vinagre
Salt, to taste. Sal al gusto
Garnishes – see below

  1. Mix the diced tomatoes, peppers and cucumber with the crushed garlic and olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Squeeze out the bread, tear it roughly into chunks, and add to the mixture.
  2. Blend until smooth, then add the salt and vinegar to taste and stir well.
  3. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, then cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
  4. Serve with garnishes of your choice: I liked diced black olives, hard-boiled egg and small pieces of cucumber and pepper; mint or parsley also works well, and many people add spring onion, cubes of Spanish ham and so on.

Let me know how you got on or if you had to travel all the way to Spain to get the supermarket version!

if you want to learn more about how to actively learn Spanish with your children, have a look at our parents section. 

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