cooking for the year

every september, my parents roast red peppers to freeze. years ago, they stopped the massive tomato production, and they rarely do homemade sausages anymore (although i will be trying to change this in the new year). but the red peppers remain. they are an absolute must in our family.

my father roasts/chars them over a charcoal fire, then bags them to let the steam do their work. once they are cool enough to handle, we start peeling off the charred skin. he sets it all up outside so that the bees can swarm your head while working, too. apparently, bees like sweet red peppers as much as we do.

they get rinsed and deseeded. and then rinsed again by mom, inside the house. she is a lot more meticulous with seed removal than carlo and me.

and when we're done, we go inside the house to eat lunch. it was the first time i can remember in years, that i sat with my parents and ate without running after 2 little boys (they were both in school!).

and of course, i was sent home with not only one bushel of peppers for my freezer, but also some most delicious cheese, fresh basil from the garden and niagara grapes. yum!

as for what i do with the peppers, the most common way we all eat them is to slice them and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and chopped parsely, and add in a whole peeled garlic clove (or two) and let marinate. they are perfect alongside italian sausages, or with bread and cheese, or on any kind of sandwich.

one of my favorite ways to use a bag is in tomato and roasted pepper soup. my favorite recipe for it is here.

it was a good day.


Jane said...

It sounds like a great day! Especially, since it was just you and your parents.

lapdogknits said...

That food looks awesome, looks like a really good time even though it's a lot of work, good times.

LR said...

LOVE the pics! What a grand tradition. My mouth is watering. You are very lucky! L. xoxo

a friend to knit with said...

my mouth is watering.

i really like your parents!