Pick up a pepper

Sometimes there isn’t time to spend a few pleasant hours wandering around the local farmers’ market sampling a local produce.  Instead food shopping resembles supermarket sweep.

If you’re in need of quick, easy, healthy meal solution – pick up a pepper.  A BC Hot House Pepper.

The term “Hot House” does sound negative.  Like the overzealous parent pushing classical music and flashcards at their newborn in an attempt to create a baby genius, the hot-house process aims produces perfect peppers, tasty tomatoes and seedless, sweet-skinned cucumbers.

Hothouse Pasta Salad

Using BC Hot House peppers and tomatoes, this colourful pasta salad brings sunshine to the table.  The peppers are delicious raw or you can lightly fry them if you prefer.  This makes enough for 3-4 servings.

  1. Boil a pan of water on to boil, add salt to taste, and then cook 250g penne pasta according to packet instructions. Then drain and leave to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make a dressing for the pasta. Mix 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.   Add a small handful of chopped fresh basil, salt and pepper to taste and 1 small shallot finely chopped. Pour over the cooled pasta.
  3. Deseed and cut half a red and half yellow pepper into thin slices.
  4. Chop 50g of chorizo sausage into crescent shapes and lightly fry the chorizo until it releases the lovely orange juices. 
  5. Cut the tomatoes in half.
  6. Mix and serve.
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Categories: July, Peppers, Recipes, Tomatoes

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