vegetable stock, condensed
1Crush garlic in bowl and add bread which has been torn into small pieces; this helps give the soup consistency.
2Add sliced cucumber, diced green pepper, water and olive oil; allow to marinate for several hours.
3Add cut-up tomatoes, onions, pimiento and salt to chilled mixture.
4Blend in blender or food processor until the texture you prefer; chill thoroughly.
5Just before serving, mix in vinegar, cold stock and herbs.
6For added color, flavor and texture, garnish with garlic croutons, watercress or lime slices.
7NOTE: Use low-sodium chicken stock or broth if vegetable stock is not available.
8NOTE: For herbs, use your choice of chives, parsley, basil, or tarragon - All ingredients should be as fresh as possible.