This week in my kitchen:
- sunshine in the pantry...lots of it...and rainbows...(Pollyanna ones)
- bargain vintage kitchen finds...silver metal hot milk jug and big hundred year old baking bowl, awesome for bread-making...I wonder who owned these precious treasures before me...
- baked potato and beetroot supper, with pork chop for A and tuna for me
- sweet and hot, pepper soup
- reduced for sauce with chicken and rice next day
- sparkly clean dishes
- fresh fruit from peachcroft farm sunday morning
Sweet and Hot, Pepper soup
- One leek
- Four ripe sweet peppers (bell pepper/capsicum)
- Two garlic cloves
- A couple of small dried or fresh chilli peppers too taste
- Sea salt and crushed black pepper
- Tomato paste/puree
- A little olive oil or alternative for frying
- Hot water
- Top and tail the leek. Cut it length-wise and then chop into small chunks. Wash well to remove any soil.
- Pour a little oil into a heavy based pan and add the leek. Allow to sweat for a little while.
- Meanwhile wash; cut in half and deseed the peppers. Remove the stalk and cut into small pieces.
- Peel and crush the garlic and add to the pan. Cook out for a couple of minutes along with the crushed chilli pepper.
- Add the sweet peppers. Stir well.
- Add boiling water and a little tomato paste. Mix.
- Bring up to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and leave to cook until the peppers are soft enough to blend.
- Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
- Remove from the heat and blend with a hand blender until smooth and creamy in texture. Add a little more hot water if the mixture is too thick.
This is a lovely velvety textured soup. The two kinds of peppers give a contrasting sweet and hot flavour. I like to serve it with a spoonful of plain yoghurt and fresh herbs. It works very well when reduced further to a sauce, with chicken or fish. Or grilled tofu, squash or butter beans for a vegan alternative.
nb. A few people asked me last week about my kitchen drainer. I've had it for ages, at least five or six years. I bought it from a company called Lakeland. Unfortunately they no longer make this design, but if I find a similar one anywhere else, I'll let you know where.
I'm joining heather author of beauty that moves for her 'this week in my kitchen' blog hop...
...why not come for a peek too?