|Stuffed Peppers, Stuff of Dreams
||[Dec. 30th, 2014|07:10 pm]
This is a true story.
Last week, sleeping in an airport hotel in Germany, I had this dream: I chopped two 10" stalks of celery with half a big yellow onion and sautéed it all in olive oil with a little salt. Then I drained and rinsed a can of green lentils and sautéed them with the celery and onion, then added some tomato paste and a splash of white wine. I stuffed this mixture into a couple of red bell peppers, and baked them.
When I woke up, I was in a remote airport hotel in Germany, and it was six o'clock in the morning. When I came back, the only groceries I needed to buy to make this work were two red peppers.
I didn't want to open a bottle of white, so I used Martini Bianco vermouth, probably about 50ml. And then I realized I had finished up my tomato paste, so I used a little ketchup. Same thing, right? The mixture perfectly fit into two peppers, with maybe one forkful extra so I could taste it first. I baked them at 400°F (204°C) for half an hour. And they were so much tastier than I had dreamed they would be.