Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Eating Art: White Bean Gazpacho ( Ajo Blanco ) with Flagolet Salad


Have you forgotten about 24, 24, 24? I almost have. In the haze of work, I neglected my duty to start posting the recipes from the meal. But, raised right, as I was (thanks Mom), I would feel guilty if I didn't post the recipes.

So, onto course three...White Bean Gazpacho with Flagolet Salad

This dish started with an eternal battle in my kitchen. My husband reveres the rustic; I the refined and beautiful. So for me, Giovanna Garzoni's Broad Beans were pure perfection. The composition, the liveliness; I had always personified those beans. But this 24, 24, 24 thing was a 50/50 affair in terms of planning. So, my husband honed in on the Caracci, one of the first depictions of a poor person dining.

So, what to do? Work together.

We found the most lovely shell peas. The color of the husks (shell?) was claret perfection. I purchased them in part just to break in, to see their secrets. And, then, inside, there were a rugged string of peas.
The night before the dinner, we boiled the peas, tossed them with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, scallions, red shallots, pinch of brown sugar, red pepper, salt and black pepper. We did a pretty job portioning here. We planned for basically 1 T of peas per guest.

But wait the title was Flagolet? What happened? The farmer at the market didn't have the field help to pick the flagolet and even though I had a order in for that date, it just couldn't be satisfied. Such is life.
Then for the gazpacho. I had read the cool simplicity of Ajo Blanco at one of my favorite blogs, Wild Yeast. I basically followed her recipe, but used Korean garlic rather than store bought. And, then for good measure I add two cloves of German garlic. Finally, I tossed in 1/2 cup cooked cannellini beans. This gazpacho was garlicky--like vampire frightening garlicilicious. And, I think the Korean garlic gave it some herbal overtones. Everyone was dying for my secret ingredient--I know it was that garlic.

This was heaven--and the left over gazpacho is great on cooked pasta with some parsley and feta.

Art Objects: Giovanna Garzoni, A Dish of Broad Beans, 1600 & Annibale Carracci, The Beaneater, Oil on canvas, Galleria Colonna, Rome

Pairing: Huber Hugo Gruner Veltliner

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Eating Art: A Meal Inspired by Masterworks of Art
Fig Samosas with Carrot Raita
Acorn Squash Kimchi


Helene said...

This looks so good, I wish I could taste that.

maybelle's mom said...

Helene: I wish that I could make you some.

lifeinrecipes said...

Yowza, woman! I wanna know how you make the time to cook, photograph and write all of these lovely things while tackling all of your other responsibilities.

I want whatever it is that you put in your wheaties...and some of that gazpacho.

Dee said...

This wasn't a meal, it was art. Your photos are seriously beautiful, especially that stunning claret-coloured pea shot.

maybelle's mom said...

lifeinrecipes: Right back at you lady!

Dee: So kind. Thanks.

Alexa said...

Wow, this is one I am going to have to try... It looks so lovely, perfectly flavored and creamy. Brilliant!

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Perfect artful marriage of rustic and refined. Stunning!