Why this sudden devotion to Simon Hopkinson (he of "Simon Hopkinson Cooks" on the t.v.)? Two words : Piedmontese Peppers. I'd seen him make them on his t.v. programme and saw how much he enjoyed them and was attracted to the idea from way back then. So when I had tomatoes and peppers in the same space, both looking for a job to do, I remembered the recipe.
This evening's dinner consisted of a gammon joint, pot roasted slowly in apple juice with a bouquet garni and black pepper, along with Piedmontese Peppers (half a capsicum pepper, with slices of garlic, half a tomato, salt & pepper and rapeseed - or olive - oil), almondy green beans, steamed carrots and potatoes, with gravy.
Those Piedmontese Peppers. Well, I can't remember the last time I ate something that so rattled my cage with delight in the way these did. The only trouble was - I was the only one! Hubby wasn't keen on the skins of either the peppers or the tomatoes, although he liked the flavours apart from too much garlic. He felt the garlic clashed terribly with the gammon. Son & heir didn't even try his pepper, having had a little taste of the anchovy on top. I was SO disappointed about that.
So. The next capsicum pepper I get, is going to be made into Piedmontese Peppers and I'm going to eat them on a socking great chunk of toasted ciabatta for a totally awesome and amazing lunch. Then I'll blog them - and try not to go on .. and on .. and on .. about how gorgeous they are.
Aside from that, the meat was tender and luscious - just so juicy, from being slow cooked in the apple juice.
It was the first time I'd made the almondy green beans, too. It's a bit of a shame that I chose the same day to make the peppers, as without them overshadowing the beans, I'd have been waxing lyrical about how gorgeous the beans were! Cooked normally (in boiling salted water), when you drain them, you melt a big old knob of butter in the hot pan then add the toasted almonds (I toasted them first in the same pan), put the beans back and warm them through over a low heat. Gosh but they were good!
With the Vegibox's fabulous carrots which are so mild and sweet and their lovely robust potatoes, everything about this evening's meal just hit the spot with me. It's just as well somebody liked it all!