Saturday, January 16, 2010

Peppers and Potatoes

A vegan's idea of comfort food is a wee bit different than that of the average omnivore. I remember the days when pot roast with gravy rang my bells. As an adult it was deliciously transformed into a slow cooked boeuf bourguignon. The gravy enriched with a full bottle of burgundy. Granted, a cheap bottle!

Mac and cheese wasn't one of the addictive meals I grew up with, so as an adult, it never became the sentimental 'go-to' comfort dish it was for so many of my friends. But I loved baguettes stuffed with potatoes, onions, peppers and sausage. I gave up the sausage, and have forgone the big, white crunchy baguette — but I still indulge with the potatoes, onions and peppers.

I no longer fry them up in a lot of oil, but instead, roast them off in a hot oven with just a wee bit of olive oil. Stuffed in a whole wheat pita pocket (home made) that's slathered with hot spicy mustard, this is, to me at least, a feast! Real comfort food.

Fresh from the oven - 2 russet potatoes, 1 large red bell pepper, 1 sweet onion, a small jalepeño pepper and a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary with a dusting of sea salt and freshly ground pepper— a super side dish or a fabulous sandwich stuffing!

Whole wheat pita bread - simply made with flour, water, yeast and salt.

Humble comfort food - just what's occasionally needed.
Easy on the budget while delivering a big taste treat.

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