A summer stew of sweet peppers and other lovely stuff

On May 29, 2015 by battenburgbelle

The vegetarian/dairy intolerant/meat lovers challenge raised its head again recently – with Angus and Clive plus Jenny and Mr R coming over for dinner. This time I took up the offer of contributions from my guests and we had an awesome array of meat-based starters.  There were cured meats, several patés and some olives and crisps thrown in to keep Clive happy.

A summer stew of sweet peppers and other stuff

A summer stew of sweet peppers and other stuff

I turned once again to Dennis Cotter for the main course – a “summer stew of sweet peppers, new potatoes and sugar snaps with basil, garlic and olives, and goats’ cheese ciabatta”. Dennis is not one for the snappy title… The stew also had red onions, a red chilli and tomatoes. I had forgotten that Mr R is not only an avid lover of meat, but also a bit ambivalent about vegetables, so I was very pleased that not only did he eat all of dinner, he confessed to Jenny that he loved it! I had to adapt the recipe – the picture in Paradiso Seasons showed a definite soupiness, but the recipe, if followed to the letter had very little juice. So I chucked in a large glass of white wine and a small amount of vegetable stock – it tasted great and looked right too. Although whoever got the portion pictured, didn’t get much of the juice, apparently. I loved the green olive tapenade nestled under the goats’ cheese on the croutons. This is Dennis’ recipe, although I didn’t follow the measurements particularly and the olives I had were already stuffed with garlic so I didn’t add any extra:

300g green olives
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch basil
2 tbsp capers
3 tbsp olive oil

Remove the stones or stuffing from the olives, if necessary. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to a smooth thick pureé.

Lime curd tart

Lime curd tart

I made these cute little lime curd meringues for dessert – sorry Angus, I have decided that a little butter from time to time won’t do you any harm. But you know that is my strategy and I think you have forgiven me. I loved the lime curd – a bit more delicate than lemon in my opinion.

3 Responses to “A summer stew of sweet peppers and other lovely stuff”

  • Angus

    It was totally delicious and I can always have a bit of selective memory when it comes to a tiny bit of butter from time to time (but not 24/7) … You are a chef par excellence!

  • This really was sooooooooooo delicious. It makes me want some right now just reading about it and seeing the picture. This is definitely something I want to make. Yum.

  • battenburgbelle

    I’ll put the recipe up – just ran out of time and now I have to go out and have fun!

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