|Fried fish with pepper sauce and ripe plantain|
My Dear Diary,
You already know how local and bush yours truly is when it comes to meal selection. With all
the modern, citified and sophisticated dishes in town, see the bush meal she prepares. I am sorry for this bushness o. To my surprise, instead of rejection of pepper as usual by the kids, they all kept asking for more. They are full of surprises! On a normal day, this type of meal will divide the family in two. The pepper eaters and non eaters. Today the case is different. My only savior is that I promised to repeat this dish tomorrow. How that will happen I don't know, all I know is that the promise saved my head.
Eating fried ripe plantain with pepper sauce is something I really enjoy. I am not a pepper fan, but, when it comes to pepper sauce, I love it.
INGREDIENTS FOR MY PEPPER SAUCE
- Roughly ground Fresh red peppers
- Knorr cubes
- Vegetable oil
The fresh red pepper is ground together with enough knorr cubes and some chopped onions. When a bit smooth, they are poured into a pot of vegetable oil before turning on the heat.
The pot is brought to a boil while stirring continues. The pepper *boils* in the oil, *not fry.* check for salt and taste, then turn off the cooker. I do not allow the pepper to fry. I only cook it in shallow oil. The aroma of pepper sauce is something else. It is very inviting.
Cooking pepper in oil this way,greatly reduces it's hotness. The onion and knorr cubes just give it a kind of unique stew aroma.
|frying salted fish|
|fried plantain and fish eaten with pepper sauce|
|empty plate of peppered fish with dodo|
TIP: Fresh red pepper is difficult to preserve, even in the fridge, my pepper still rots. This is my own way of preserving fresh pepper. I buy in bulk, grind with maggi or knorr cubes and some onions before cooking in oil. For preservation, I cook with much oil, pack in containers and store in the fridge.
This method of preserving fresh pepper saves me from cooking two pots at every meal. I just add more sauce to the plates of pepper lovers after dishing. It helps to enhance the taste for them too. This way, there is no raw pepper taste and both pepper lovers and non lovers get to enjoy their meals.
When preserved this way, fresh pepper can last for as long as I want. The oil covers the pepper even while in the fridge.When cooking, I scoop the pepper sauce without the oil.
Tired of seeing left overs? Give this a trial o.