Friday, April 21, 2006

Better than a sandwich

Stuffed peppers are usually cooked, but a long time ago I had a relative of this excellent raw lunch/snack and here is my version, which will stuff two small/medium bell peppers. I recommend red or orange as I prefer the sweetness. Gets a bit gooey if it has to travel, but will survive reasonably well till lunchtime if you refrigerate it. Or you can pack the stuffing separately from the pepper and stuff it when you are ready to eat. It makes a good sandwich filling or spread for toasted English muffins too.
1 medium carrot (about 3/4 cup) grated
3-4 oz cheddar cheese (about 1 cup) grated
1 small green onion, minced (optional)
1/2 rib of celery (about 1/3 cup) diced
1/3 cup mayonnaise, or to taste: just enough to glue everything together
Salt and pepper to taste
An interesting side note about peppers. Bell peppers contain a recessive gene which eliminates capsaisin, the compound responsible for the ‘hotness’ found in other peppers. Capsaisin is the active ingredient in some topical analgesics used for arthritis treatment, such as Capzasin-P.

Caryl Churchill's play, A Number, is playing at the Belfry in Victoria at the moment. Her most famous play, Top Girls, is being broadcast on Saturday as the BBC Saturday Play. Worth a listen, and available for a week after broadcast.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rhona, that sounds yummy! I don't have any peppers in the veggie drawer, but in a few months I hope to have several on the vine...


9:46 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw my sister in chirchill's "far away" and must say that i didn't enjoy it as much as i'd hoped to. of course i can see what she's doing, but the structure of it didn't appeal. yet, i like her other work. odd (or maybe not). your pepper dish looks luverly! i would definitely go with the orange ones. just like candy

11:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, of course i meant to type "churchill".

11:02 a.m.  
Blogger Rhona McAdam said...

Well B, I can't imagine anything better with a fresh pepper: lucky you!
And Kimmy, I was actually disappointed by A Number when I saw it last night. Part of it was the nearly-there British accents the actors used: it's all or nothing for me. (A nearly-there North American accent from a Brit is just as painful.) But it didn't stir much up for me about its subject matter; maybe I'd read too much already. I remember liking Top Girls though, so will be interested to hear that again.

11:58 a.m.  

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