WTSB : Repeat

29 Aug

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the latest installment of words to shoot by is up! the word was repeat and i shot my triptych at the union square farmers market. I knew for certain i’d easily be able to find some repetition there. sure enough the tomatoes were finally abundant and striking in color. eric made the most amazing gazpacho last night, as our failsafe dinner plan incase Hurricane Irene left us without power. to our utter surprise we had power all day, yet happily enjoyed the gazpacho as the wind whipped through the apartment. the recipe from alice water’s the art of simple food follows…

  • 1 dried ancho chile, stemmed and soaked in warm water for 15 minutes
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups crustless crusty bread
  • 5 pounds tomatoes, cut in half horizontally
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • two poblano peppers, de-seeded & diced
  • handful of chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
1) Drain & crush the chili into a paste with a medium size motar & pestle. Remove & set aside. 
2) Soak the cubed bread in a bowl of cold water for 2 mins. Squeeze out excess water from bread and place in food processor. Add garlic & salt. Process till smooth & set aside. 
3) Over a bowl grate the cut sides of the tomatoes on the medium holes of a bow grater until only the skin is left. Discard skin. Pass the pulp through a strainer to remove the seeds. Stir in the chili paste and the bread paste into the tomato pulp. Add the olive oil. 
4) Refrigerate until well chilled. 
5) To make the relish: Mix together the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, basil, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt/pepper. 
6) Divide the soup among 6-8 bowls and add a generous spoonful of relish to each bowl. 
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