I'm on vacation right now, and I'm spending part of it traveling and part of it at home for a little staycaishe action. Right now I'm in the staycaishe part. So far, I've spent most of it staring out the window drinking root beer in my underpants. Which is just fine with me.
I'm taking this home-time to do some domestic stuff, and cook things that have been in the back of my mind for awhile. One of these is stuffed peppers (it's another Saveur recipe. I should just change the name of this blog to "Shit I made from Saveur"). I love peppers and chiles and putting cheese in them only makes a great thing greater:
Peppers Stuffed with Feta
from Saveur with my slight modifications
4-6 Fresno or Anaheim chiles (I used Anaheim, much more common here in BC)
1/2 small container of feta
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1-2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 egg yolk
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Set oven to broil, place washed chiles on a cookie sheet, broil for 5 minutes until just tender. Remove and place in the fridge to cool completely.
In a mixing bowl combine feta, oil, yoghurt, parsley, lemon zest, yolks, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well, mashing into a paste with a wooden spoon. Once chiles are cool, slice directly down the middle from the stem, and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Place the feta mixture in the peppers, sprinkle the tops with Parmesan, place back in the broiler until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Transfer to a plate and serve hot.
MMMMMMMMM. Broiling these peppers actually kills most of their heat so don't be shy even if you're not a huge fan of hot foods. If you are looking for a little heat orgy, try the same recipe with Jalepenos or Habaneros. Although I think you're a little mental if you do. Just sayin'.
I had mine on the side of two scrambled eggs and toast for a nice light lunch. Makes a great appetizer or part of a larger, family style meal.
I might be hanging out almost exclusively in my underwear, but at least I'm not doing this:
Stella is a little put out that I've been spending so much time at home, I think she's offended that I'm cutting into her alone-time. I don't really care. Last night I slept on the couch just to make it seem like I was camping. It was fun until my shoulder cramped up. I'm also using this time to wander around neighbourhoods I don't usually go to, like Main Street and Granville Island. It's kind of fun to pretend to be a tourist in your own city. I highly recommend it! Get out there.