Gazpacho For All

For years I thought that Barney’s taunt “Go back to Russia” was mocking Lisa because he thought Russian’s couldn’t afford meat. But I recently have considered that maybe Barney was mistaking Gazpacho for Borscht? Russian’s traditionally eat Borscht you see. The line works perfectly either way but having eaten both types of soup, I have to say I prefer Gazpacho over Borscht. Perhaps I’m still traumatized from all that Rootmarm I ate.


  • 1 small cucumbers
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Peel and deseed cucumber and deseed tomato. Puree vegetables in a blender or food processor along with the oil and water until well combined. Use a sieve to make sure the mixture is very smooth. Salt and pepper to taste and then chill for a few hours before serving. Optional: going back to Russia.


Gazpacho is recommended served as an appetizer, and I can see why. A few sips of the cold soup is quite refreshing, a whole bowl doesn’t go down quite as well. But I made more than I bargained for and pretty much ate if for two days straight because I refuse to waste food that isn’t Bubble Crum. Naturally all the meat eaters at at Homer’s BBBQ mocks Lisa for her dish. But there is literally no regard for her Gazpacho – to the point where everyone just lets Santa’s Little Helper eat it straight off the table:


I find it hard to believe that Santa’s Little Helper wouldn’t just be trolling for scraps of meat on the ground, perhaps he hasn’t heard of the food chain?

Cromulence: 6 Lord Thistlewick Flanders out of 10

Gazpacho For All Recipe From: Lisa the Vegetarian (The Simpsons Season 7 – Episode 5)






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Chris Morgan

Yeah my assumption always was that Barney thought Gazpacho was Russian, likely meaning he was confusing it for Borscht.


Based on my completely unscientific study of asking some people, it seems they are divided between borscht and the “Russia equals poor and Communist” idea. Either way, Barney get’s in some good burns throughout the show: Get a horse!

Chris Morgan

But if it is a communism joke, why go with Gazpacho? They could have gone with literally any vegetarian dish. Gazpacho is such a specific reference. I mean, specificity is the key to comedy, but that’s so specific.


I always thought Barney was associating not wanting to consume meat with Communism, though you never know quite what is going through Barney’s mind.