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*