Thursday, April 8, 2010

Childhood Memories - Chilli and Tomato

I grew up with this dish. It was something my family would make every friday. Traditionally it was served with lamb cutlets, lots of crusty bread and green beans. I serve it with lamb and green beans too but instead of the bread I do a quick cous cous with sprigs of coriander. There's nothing like making food that you grew up with - To me this is real comfort food!

This recipe is one of those that I make differently every time but generally you grab an onion and chop it roughly. Grab 3 or 4 red capsicums (I usually do 1 per person) You can use either yellow or red capsicums. Chop them up roughly, removing all the seeds and membranes. Grab a saucepan (preferably not a non-stick pan) and add about 2 tablespoons of oil. Put it on a low flame and add the capsicums and onion. Give it a stir every now and then to distribute the heat but give it a while until everything goes really, really soft. (This could take up to 40 mins or longer depending on how many capsicums you've cut) When you are satisfied that the capsicums are soft and everything has caramelised well add a teaspoon or 2 of sweet paprika, give it a stir. Then add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a little bit of water. Give it another 10 minutes or so over a medium heat. The mix should thicken up but if it's catching on the bottom of the saucepan just add a touch more water. And that's it. Simple ingredients but if cooked right - just heaven.

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