Monday, 31 October 2011

A Surreal Chilli Moment



A typically mad packed Sunday, and I'm at home for a short period between taking our son to rugby training and having to shoot into London to collect our daughter when the door bell rings. Our good friend and neighbour Rob has turned up with a carrier bag... full of chillies! Red ones, green ones, yellow, black, brown, big, small, you name it. My eyes nearly jumped out of my head.

He had met someone nearby with a poly tunnel who loves growing chillies. Why? because they are so beautiful to look at. Here's the best bit... he doesn't even eat them! We were like two kids in a sweet shop. Ooing and aahing over this one and that one. We spread them out on the table, meticulously sorted them out and divided them evenly. What you are looking at is my half of the stash. This lot went straight into the freezer so now I'll be able to taste and savour them for months to come.



Freezing is a great way to preserve lots of fresh chillies. I take a few out at a time, slice them thinly,  put them in a small bowl and barely cover them with olive oil. They retain their colour and flavour and once in the oil, they will keep in the fridge for days, that's if they last that long!

14 comments:

Dzoli said...

Love chillies.Thanks for the tips(did not know you can freeze them)

the food dude said...

Awesome! Can't wait to see what you'll do with those chilies!

Christine's Pantry said...

Love chillies. I also freeze chillies. Love the photos.

Lola Lobato said...

Looking forward to see the chillies in action...

Kim Bee said...

Wow, score! My neighbours never show up with anything. I would go crazy if someone came by with a bag of these beauties. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

I read this on my email but got distracted and forgot to comment - lovely photos and wow what a bounty to receive! I never think to freeze chillis so thanks for that tip! Can't wait to see what you create with these beauties.

Grubarazzi said...

You and I share a love for chilli's and fire! Can't wait to start reading more of your blog.

easyfoodsmith said...

I have never seen such variety of chillies!! I wish I had such neighbours :)

Mario said...

I love reading about your life in London. It is so different than life here in California but in some ways, so the same. Especially the part about your neighbors dropping off chile peppers. Time to make guacamole, chile verde or fresh salsa! Hay caramba!
I wanted to say thank you for your kind comments and for following my little blog.
You have a great blog here with a great twist. You have a nice and personal writing style. I will be back regularly to read and visit.

All That I'm Eating said...

Extremely jealous. They look great and lucky you for being able to freeze them and have access whenever you want!

Brax said...

"We were like two kids in a sweet shop, ooing and aahing"

Oh Dad, I do love you! xxx

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