Ghost Peppers. Jolokia chiles. Hot. Very Hot. Apparently some of the hottest edible chiles around. I’d been talking with someone about a year back so when I saw starter seedlings at the garden shop this spring, I decided to buy some. Thing is though: I now have about 40 ghost peppers. I’ve drying most of them, to grind for chili (it anyone wants some dried, let me know), but I decided to make this BBQ sauce too. It’s not all that hot, balanced by the sweetness of the roasted mangoes, actually. Definitely more of a chicken or veggie glaze than ribs or steak. Very tasty and the spicy kick gets you at the end.
Not a great Memorial Day weekend here in Greater Boston, weather-wise. Saturday was brutally hot but then Sunday overcast and cold. Nevertheless, I needed to eat and I had all the ingredients for these lovely kebabs, and I was just itching to use the grill on Saturday. Wrapped them in a tortilla to serve, but could also just serve with a side of rice and beans. Also, I had leftovers, which I diced up fairly small added a bit of mayo and guacamole, and it made a lovely chicken salad for dinner last night.
The other day, I found these cool looking peppers at the market. They are called Flame Peppers. They taste exactly like yellow or orange or red bell peppers (i.e. not spicy), but they look rather neat with the stripes and all. I was curious as to whether they would hold their color once cooked (you know how some veg changes color dramatically once heated). Anyway, had to give them a good and why not use one of my staple, go-to recipes of Stuffed Peppers. Yum.
FYI, obviously you can do this recipe with “plain ole” bell peppers, though in general, I would avoid green as they can be bitter. Stick with the red-yellow-orange type.
It’s the first weekend of Spring, but here in Boston it was turned cold again, with the potential for snow in the next 24 hours, so I thought that I would get one more “winter-ish” recipe in. Surprisingly, I have never posted this recipe, even though beef stew is one of my staple dishes. I usually make a big batch as it freezes well. And it makes the flat all nice and cozy. Onwards to spring, but first, enjoy some Bœuf Bourguignon, Kat style.
Coq au Vin is my favorite food on earth, hands down. This is also one of the best recipes that I make. A little background: when I started falling in love with cooking again (no, I was not always a recipe junkie, though food has always been an important part of my life), I fell in love with Julia. Yes, that Julia. I think that a lot of women admire her for the fact that she was just an ordinary woman who picked up cooking later in life and became one of the most influential cooks of an entire culture. So I made her Coq au vin recipe. Coq au Vin is a very old concept — like back from the Romans — but her recipe was straight forward. I have made variations on her it for 5 years now, each time changing it until I have come up with what I consider perfection. I have learned a lot about cooking since I started — like knowing you shouldn’t add all the wine at once otherwise all the tanins end up ruining the dish, or by adding ground dried porcini, the umami flavor is boosted (doesn’t make it taste more mushroom-y). Anyway, I love this recipe. Be forewarned: it takes a minimum of 3 hours. You can stop just before the rue-making stage though, if you need to divide the effort over 2 days.