Veronica did just that because she's been invaded.
No, for a change, this isn't one of Barack's illegal wars -- Veronica's garden is overflowing with bell peppers. This wasn't the first year she planted them but it was the first year they produced and they won't stop producing. She writes she's using bell peppers "like my aunt Florence used wheat germ, sprinkling it into every dish I can think of."
And she's pretty much thought of everything. She's got soups, she's got grilled, she's got stuffed, she's got stir fry, she's got casseroles, you name it, she's got it.
But while discussing salads in e-mails, it turned out that she's making a regular salad and adding bell peppers to it. That's fine and I'm sure it's a delicious salad but due to not always having tomatoes on hand, she doesn't have salad as often as she'd like.
Bell Pepper Salad
3 bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into strips
1 medium red onion
1 bunch of fresh parsley chopped
dash of sea salt
dash of pepper
Veronica's got bell peppers of all colors. If you're making this recipe from things you bought at the store or if you have 3 colors of bell peppers growing in your garden, it's nice to vary the kind of bell pepper used (and pretty). But if your garden is producing green bell peppers (that's all we ever planted in our garden bell pepper wise until 1994), you can just use green bell peppersl.
If you're not sure how to cut them, there are numerous ways. I do this little intricate thing because that's how I was taught (and it ends with me slamming it on the counter to knock off the top). However, my second oldest daughter was in the kitchen many years ago fixing something with bell peppers. She sliced near the top to take the top off, she then sliced near the bottom to take the bottom off. Then she got rid of the white insides and seeds and quickly cut it into strips. I was impressed and asked, "Where did you learn to do that?"
Pizza Hut. (Watch, it'll be Pizza Inn. I always get them mixed up. But I think she had a part time job at Pizza Hut.) She had no interest in cooking at all. But her time at Pizza Hut taught her a number of things and if she cooks, she's cooking what she learned there. (She did not want to learn from me. She felt her oldest sister was perfect at everything and she would be shown up at cooking so she found other interests.)
So you can cut the bell peppers that way. Remember, end goal is strips. The red onion (and you could substitute a sweet onion of some form if you prefer)? I'd suggest you cut it into rings and then 1/2 the rings.
Place bell peppers and onions in bowl after slicing. Parsley?
If you're going to use it with something else in the next 24 hours, divide it in half and only use half for this recipe. However, most of us think we'll use it and we don't and then it dries up. Dried parsley can be used in many dishes; however, you probably were planning on using fresh parsley. I don't know anyone who measures cut parsley anymore. So I just say, buy one bunch at the store and use it all in this dish unless you are planning to use some in the next 24 hours -- in which case, divide the bunch in half and only use half in the salad.
Add the parsley to the bowl, then the salt, then the pepper. Now add 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar (in a pinch, you can substitute red wine vinegar) and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to the bowl. Toss the salad.
Now it's time for cheese. I love crumbled feta cheese on this. If you don't like feta, considered shredded cheese that you do like. Add enough to cover the top but not to render what's beneath invisible.
Now you have bell pepper salad. If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, you can also add some of those to it but it's not necessary.
In economic news, did you see this?
New York Times - 2 hours ago
By BLOOMBERG NEWS A Bayer AG unit will pay $750 million to settle claims with about 11000 United States farmers who said a strain of the company's genetically modified rice tainted crops and ruined their export value.
GM rice case settled for $750 million? Delta Farm Press
Bayer to Pay Rice Farmers for Gene Contamination Wall Street Journal
How did a strain of genetically engineered rice end up with real rice?
I will not knowingly eat genetically modified foods and my fear is that this is how they hook people like me, get it into the supply and announce three years later, "You've been eating it all this time."
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: