Monday, 7 November 2011

Cookbook Challenge #5

Last night I thought it was about time I made something savoury for the cookbook challenge (as 50% of my cookbook recipes so far have been sweets and cupcakes!)

Nigel Slater's Roasted Red Pepper Salad. I am counting this as a definite success.

It's pretty simple, although somewhat fiddly and timeconsuming. The peppers get roasted with garlic cloves (still in their skins), then peeled and deseeded. The garlic gets mixed with the pepper juices, salt, pepper and some olive oil and used as a dressing. See, simple *smiles* Peeling the peppers was the hardest part - although the recipe is for a cold salad, I wanted it warm. Which meant having to peel the boiling hot peppers as quickly as possible, without letting them go cold first. Ouch ;)

The recipe suggests serving with crusty bread to soak up the juices, so I baked bread too *grins at my domesticity* And, definitely a good recommendation, the homemade bread and the juices tasted so good together.

I decided to serve the salad with griddled chicken - to make it a main meal. Cooking the chicken on the griddle pan was the perfect touch, as the charred sections worked absolutely perfectly with the sweetness of the peppers and garlic.

See, I do make vegetables sometimes *laughs*


  1. Oh, I don't know if this was suggested in your book... but when roasting peppers or chiles... once the skin is blackened put them in a sealed plastic bag until they are cool enough to handle. Then the skins come off really easily, you don't burn your fingers and their still warm when you eat them.

    Signed someone who lived in New Mexico for 15 years and looooves roasted chile and peppers. ;-)

  2. yum! this looks delicious! roasting my own peppers is something I have not tried before. I think mainly because I have an electric oven/range. Do you have a gas stove? If you have electric, I would love some tips!

  3. Ooh, I love cooked peppers. They look lovely. I've also found that if you store them in the fridge with the marinade, they taste even better the next day. You're making me hungry now!

  4. Yum, that sounds delicious!


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