I'm back, and hopefully reinvigorated to cook and blog again. Actually, I know that I'm reinvigorated in cooking as I've started to have the creative culinary juices start to flow again. During the summer, I desire hamburgers and salads, nothing very exciting. But come the fall... I start to want some more intricate meals.
Apples are especially on my mind as I look at my back door and view my over stocked apple tree.
That's right! The new house that we are finally comfortable in (or at least more comfortable) has a large apple tree in the backyard. I just have no idea what to do with them! Apple sauce? Apple Crisp? Apple Pie? There are so many choices, but I don't know which one to choose!
This new house has taken some adjustment for sure. The day after our wedding, we arrived home from the hotel to find a "For Sale" sign on the front of our lawn. At first we thought it was a joke, and a call to our landlord revealed that he just couldn't find a "for rent" sign. We had always resigned our lease, but as we waited for my acceptance/declination letter into the Faculty of Education, we had asked to wait a few months. Two days later, once things had settled down, we called to try resign our expiring lease. A no go.
So in a month after being married, it was back on the road trying to find a new house. We came across this nice 65 year old house that won our hearts.
It was after moving in however, that we discovered that this new house was much, much smaller than we had had before. Most of all, a noticeable lack of storage. So it has been some adjustment, but we are starting to relax and get used to the world around us.
Cooking, as you can imagine, got placed on the back burner. I'm sure that any sane person would also have relaxed on making fancy hour-long meals, and retired into the small and simple.
However, small and simple dishes can be one of my favourites. Remember how I mentioned that Spanish Cuisine was on my mind lately? I came across the blog Spain In Iowa, where each dish looked like something more that I want to devour. If you're into some Spanish style eating, this is one you'll have to go try!
She made this beautifully simple, yet tasty Pimientos Asados. It's a very simple roasted red pepper side dish or tapas that holds a lot of flavour and texture. And it doesn't have to be paired with Spanish meals, but with seafood, steak...heck anything tastes good alongside these peppers.
Pimientos Asados - Spanish Peppers
Bell Peppers - 2 *Sweet peppers are recommended, I chose a red and orange for some colour
Small yellow onion - 1, chopped
Olive Oil - a drizzle, about 2 tbsps worth
Apple Cider Vinegar - splashed on, about 1 tbsp worth.
Diana did hers on the stove top, but I headed straight out the BBQ in this summer heat. Place the peppers on the pre-heated bbq until the outsides are blackened. Turn them often.
Remove from heat and place in a small bowl, covered with a damp cloth. Let sit for about 10-20 minutes, allowing them to cool.
Peel off and discard the skin. Slice the peppers into long thin strips and place in a serving bowl. Stir in a small handful of the chopped onion, drizzle on the olive oil and the apple cider vinegar. Mix together and serve.