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Bargain food

September 19, 2012

Riverford farm shop today was selling five organic red peppers for £1. Five! And they were big peppers too! OK so they were slightly past their best, but only very, very slightly. This is the kind of bargain one can’t pass by.

I nabbed my peppers and went straight home filled with inspiration – should I do stuffed peppers? Oven roasted peppers with halloumi and mushrooms? Pepper tapinade?

I walked past the conservatory on my way to the kitchen and spied the beloved’s chilli plants. The Dorset Naga, which is apparently the 2nd hottest in the world with an astronomical  scoville score of about a million, is looking good, but the humble jalapeno (with a scoville rating merely in the tens of thousands) is looking very bountiful and saying “pick me”. So I picked one.

I washed, chopped and deseeded two of the bargain peppers and chopped the chilli carefully – the wrist’s still in plaster so care is needed – and put peppers and chilli, with seeds, into an ovenproof bowl with a very generous slug of olive oil, a sprinkling of salt, stirred the lot together and put it in the Aga (a hot oven will do) for about an hour. Done to perfection.

The peppers are melt in your mouth delicious and sweet, but they have just a bite of chilli hotness to them. I was wondering what else to have with them when I remembered that Grannie had invited us for dinner- she’s taking pity on me (or is it on the beloved?) because of the wrist.

We had a lovely meal – vegetarian cottage pie with broccoli and salad and Grannie’s special parsley and mushroom sauce. Peppers would have been a little out of place in such a feast, but there’s always tomorrow…

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