Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Unknown Pepper

My stomach issues are fading to a distant memory (or at least I am pretending they are, because Rob was threatening to drive me to the doctor). I am not really in pain anymore, but my appetite is really non-existent unless under the influence of certain ahem, things. I suspect food poisoning again, although the culprit is unknown. We went to see Superman Returns: The IMAX Experience tFriday night. You know, they lead you to believe the movie is in IMAX 3D. 4 scenes are. Still, a cool movie and it was nice to have a date with my man. We ate before the movie at a generic brewpub and I successfully pushed my overcooked BBQ chicken around my plate enough so as not to arouse suspicion. After the movie, I had no trouble polishing off my Skor Blizzard ;D
Anyway, waffling and whingeing over, on to today. I worked at The Other Job and as luck would have it, I was on the same block as the West End Farmer's Market. I picked up some Walla Walla Sweets from the Klipper's Organic Farm and as I was waiting in line to pay, I over heard the stand owner telling someone ahead of me about these peppers she was growing for the first time. Her description of the cooking method grabbed me and my appetite (a good sign) and I turned back to pick up four to try. Unfortunately, I didn't make note of the name.

The cooking method was so simple. Cook in olive oil over high heat until skin is blistered. Salt and serve. The flavour was clean, simple a sweet hotness. I wish I had bought more. I wish I knew what they were called! In the background, BC nugget potatoes with fresh mint and seared salmon. The salmon was rejected (by me); not sure if I am permanently off salmon, or if we have just eaten it one too many times recently. We also started the meal with a Caprese salad (not pictured) the Walla Walla Sweet I bought went into the salad.

Sam is right, it is a padrone pepper.


wheresmymind said...

It's because there were no fiddleheads with your Salmon!

Nerissa said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. We all have those times being off food, I think. Well, maybe not The Frog but MOST people.

Hard to tell what they are cooked but I wonder if they are
1)Anaheim peppers
2)Hungarian Hot Wax
3)Banana Peppers
4)Ahi Pepper

Sam said...

I am 99.9% sure it is a padron pepper.

linda said...

Jeff, hah!
Nerissa, good guesses, but Sam, you nailed it on the head. I knew they started with a p, just couldn't remember the rest....

Sam said...

they are yummy - we put some on the BBQ yesterday. They became 'all the rage' last summer in the Bay area. I had never seen them before that.

Catesa said...

those peppers look lovely! so, salmon takes a backseat for a about that stage too for the moment. no worries although when i went off prawns it seems to have been permanent! eek! life without salmon though? its almost unimaginable lol