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lorigoldsby June 27, 2011
Could not agree with you more! When I am tempted in December, I ask myself, will I just end up being disappointed? The answer is always the same, so I wait. Soon, soon...I CAN wait because it will be worth it to try this!
pierino August 4, 2010
And thank you as well, Ms. dymnyno. I do indeed take a minimalist approach but I must add that I don't "create". It's all been done before by better cooks than me. I study and intrepret and try to rely on my memory for what goes with what. Italy taught me that you should just let a few key ingredients sing out their flavors. Spain is similar, except that Ferran Adria DOES create stuff that's completely new. Maybe I should have thought of a gazpacho espuma??? But drbabs in her photo nailed the presentation.
dymnyno August 3, 2010
I have been admiring this photo and the minimalist that pierino is, seldom do we see how beautiful his creations look.
drbabs August 4, 2010
Thank you! One of the many things I have been working on is how to style the food I make in a way that shows it off....I'm a total amateur--all your compliments mean a lot to me.
pierino August 3, 2010
Thank you again DrBabs! That is a beautiful shot, and that is exactly the way I would serve it up myself.
pierino August 2, 2010
Thanks DrBabs. I spent most of last week traveling and didn't really have opportunity to shoot one myself. I was out in Phoenix and spent 4 or 5 days craving gazpacho.
drbabs August 1, 2010
Yes, I could see that when the soup got cold that the bread was still there, but in a really pleasing thickening way. I also used a coarse strainer because when I started with the fine strainer, only really thin liquid was coming through (plus it was a major pain--the coarse strainer worked really well). I really love the soup--will make it the rest of the summer I'm sure--and I hope A&M try it this week because I think you have a fabulous recipe that really celebrates the tomato.
pierino August 1, 2010
Well thank you very much ma'am. I'm glad you liked it. I knew I should have made the strainer step more explicit right from the start, so your experience confirmed that thought. I sometimes assume too much. At least the food52 experience is teaching me some discipline.
drbabs July 31, 2010
pierino, I have a question for you. I just made this. (It's wonderful--I am having a hard time waiting till it gets cold to eat it.) But here's my question: since you end up straining out most of the bread, what it its purpose? Thanks.
pierino July 31, 2010
The bread gluten acts to thicken the gazpacho a bit, but IT IS TOTALLY OKAY TO LEAVE OUT THE BREAD. It's just a nod to how things are done in Spain (depending on which part of Spain). For straining this soup I would use a tamis as opposed to a really fine sieve, because all you want to do is separate any seeds or skins. Do let the soup get cold. That really matters in the same way that vichysoisses must be served cold.
pierino July 30, 2010
Thank you all for your comments. With the bread and seeds and everything the straining step is important, so be patient. Where I live now it get's as hot as Spain, so this is a refreshing cool down first course.
SallyCan July 30, 2010
Appreciate your thoughts on summer tomatoes, Pierino. I don't bother with a tomato (or a melon) if it's not summer! And I'll add that not all heirloom varieties are all that great - some are better than others - some don't taste all that great, and others are damn near impossible to grow. That said, as a gardener with an organic little kitchen garden, I have to say that there is something to be said for some of these new hybrid tomatoes that are disease resistant, high yield, and tasty too.
drbabs July 30, 2010
pierino, I LOVE this!! I cannot wait to make it (and I have a wonderful little Italian farmer just down the road who grows the BEST tomatoes)! LOVE!
dymnyno July 30, 2010
Such a simple recipe....but packed with lots of sophisticated flavors!! I am with you... heirloom tomatoes are strictly a summer fruit if you care about flavor.
thirschfeld July 30, 2010
I am liking this one especially with the bread. Should give it a really nice texture. Bravo pierino.
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