There are a number of theories on the origins of gazpacho but most of us are familiar with the Spanish variation that was introduced during the 1700s which includes tomatoes, stale bread, olive oil and garlic. This variation based on a recipe from WholeFoods Market is quite a bit different. It plays on a counterpoint between cool and spicy. It's very light, refreshing and slightly sweet. I won't lie - this cold soup is super good for you. It consists of nothing more than raw, fresh fruits and vegetables. A fresh summer dish that's easy to make.
Robust chunky tomato sauce imbued with the fire of fresno peppers and the rich flavor of lamb make this dish the perfect rainy day comfort food. That and it has a cool name - Fra Diavolo means "Brother of the Devil." It's very name conjures images of hellfire and brimstone raining down into my sauce pot. Pair this with a glass of Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 and we have perfection. Let's give it a whirl shall we?
Video: Scott Roberts vs. Blair's Ultra Death Sauce
I have my money on Scott
Chile and hot sauce eating videos have become extremely popular over the past few years. Our friend, Scott Roberts, decided to take on Blair's Ultra Death Hot Sauce on video a few months ago so I figured I'd share it with you fine folks. While some people resort to eating chile peppers, hot sauce or other spicy foods to put themselves into a world of hurt ala "Jackass" for entertainment purposes, Scott's video is much more informative. This video says so much more than a written article ever could and Scott has an interesting and entertaining style.
Before I go any further I'll give you a little background on the two opponents:
In the red corner we have Scott Roberts who is a prominent player in the hot sauce industry. His blog, www.ScottRobertsWeb.com, is his main means of making noise in the world of hot sauce and spicy food. He's a friendly and helpful dude who has reached out to a few of us that are new to the spicy food community on a several occasions. Many kudos to Scott.
In the blue corner we have Blair's Ultra Death Sauce. Blair's products are very well known in the world of hot sauce for their absolutely maddening heat and Jersey attitude. They've managed to bottle pure capsaicin, put a corner on limited edition collectible hot sauce and produce award winning and record holding sauces on a consistent basis. Blair's Ultra Death Sauce weighs in somewhere between 800,000 and 900,000 Scoville Units, as estimated by Scott.