And now an idea that struck last night
. I was looking at some cherry tomatoes and wondered how cherries would go with tomatoes. Perhaps tart cherries with an heirloom tomato...? So I decided to see if I could make a gazpacho based on some of the tart pie cherries I have and a tomato. It was clear it needed cucumber, some garlic, stale bread, oil and so on - so here is the first try.
It is really delicious!! I won't change it much the next time around.
° 1 cup of pitted tart cherries
° a small piece of not terribly fresh whole wheat bread
° clove of garlic
° 1/2 garlic clove finely chopped
° a bit of olive oil or butter
° a half tomato peeled and chopped (I blanche them first to make the peeling easy)
° a small cucumber peeled and chopped
° 1/2 tsp chopped jalapeño
° 1 tbl vinegar (I used red wine)
° sea salt and ground pepper
° 50 or 60g or a couple of ounces of sour cream. (optional - it is plenty good as is, but this can add a bit)
° Remove the crust from the bread, rub the clove of garlic into the pores and fry the bread in a bit of olive oil or butter until it begins to crisp. Alternatively you might start with garlic bread, which is what I was trying to simulate
° Combine the cherries, tomato, cucumber, jalapeño, vinegar, garlic fried bread, and garlic and blend with an immersion blender or put in a regular blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate
° To serve divide the gazpacho into bowls and add a dollop of the sour cream into each bowl. You could top it with nice looking herb leaves or whatever. I used a few chopped pecans.