8 September 2010

Break out the Brai with Grilled Pesto Peppers

Grilled Pesto Peppers

I hope you all had a fun-filled weekend. The kids were visiting over the long weekend so we dug deep into to our roots to enjoy some of the simple things in life...creating meals together as a family, good conversation, picking the first apples of the season, being in each others company while all the while being a tourist in our own town. Where else would we want to be, unless if course you are a university student finding her own path in life and enjoying all the cultural diversity of living in a big city on the coast?

 I certainly understand the draw of living in the BIG CITY.  I have had my share of living in larger centers all across this vast country. There’s nothing more exciting and challenging for a twenty-something than to spread their wings. Big cities are appealing because they have more of a variety of everything...types of people, restaurants, cultural events, and things to see and do. It’s possible to never be lonely or bored if you are proactive in getting out and taking advantage of everything that’s there.

Of course it is nice to come back home too and spend some time with mom:D I can't believe that I didn't flash up the barbecue while the kids were here since they brought a 10-lb salmon from the docks at Steveston. Speaking of barbecues I am reinventing the wheel and joining my South African friend Jeanne of Cooksister (who is also living in the big city of London) and her event  Brai the Beloved Country .On 24 September, South Africa celebrates Heritage Day, a holiday to highlight the incredible richness and diversity of South Africa's cultural and natural heritage. Apart from being Heritage Day, 24 September is also celebrated as National Braai Day (a braai is a South African barbecue). For what more fitting example of their shared cross-cultural heritage can there be than a braai?

Jeanne would love for you to share your favourite braai or barbecue recipes with her - it can be meat, fish, vegetables, breads, stews - in fact anything that you can cook over an outdoor fire or grill, South African inspired or not. Then on 24 September, she will post a round-up of all the recipes in a big celebration of summery outdoor cooking to celebrate the end of the season, or perhaps the beginning if you are living "down under".

I am sending over my recipe for grilled peppers. These are a favourite around here and so quick and easy to prepare as a side dish. If you enjoy the simple and uncomplicated things in life I urge you to give these a try. All you need are some seasonal peppers of any colour, some pesto and buffalo mozzarella. You have to have something to accompany those thick juicy steaks or lamb chops don't you? So break out the barbecue one last time and send your recipes over to Jeanne.

**Grilled Pesto Peppers**

4 red peppers
2 large garlic cloves cut into thin slivers
4 tablespoons olive oil (60ml)
3 tablespoons of your favourite pesto (45ml)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 balls of buffalo mozzarella, sliced

Cut peppers in half lengthways. Scrape out and discard the cores and seeds. Drizzle olive oil, season with salt and pepper and add a few slivers of garlic into the cavity of each pepper.

Preheat the grill to 375°F/200°C or medium high heat.

Place the peppers on the grill, cavity side up, until charred (approximately 3 minutes). Add a spoonful of pesto into each of the peppers and slices of buffalo mozzarella cheese. Continue to cook peppers until cheese is melted (approximately 3 minutes).

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  1. Those peppers look amazing! What an easy and great tasting recipe. Since I am a roasted pepper lover can just imagine the flavour. io have pesto waiting for me at home.

  2. The peppers look delicious! How lovely the time we spend with our children. We enjoyed having ours as well.


  3. Wow, I shouldn't have a peek into your blog before lunch...

  4. This is what I love about food bloggers. I'm always getting inspired and these peppers are making me hungry.

  5. Wonderful! I love bell peppers so much...



  6. Those peppers look Delish!

  7. Your peppers look delicious and are a great side to about any meal. Love it with mozzarella! It sounds like you had a great weekend with your kids!

  8. It is always nice to have quality time like that with the family. Glad you got to enjoy it. These are amazing looking peppers.

  9. These are gorgeous...and the flavors sound divine :)

  10. I'm so glad you got to spend a fun weekend with your daughter! If I were her, I'd be coming home all the time to get some of that good food! Those peppers sound fantastic. Great stuffing!

  11. Simply mouth watering, Val. I never would have thought to prepare peppers in this manner. This is what I love about blogging.

  12. Gorgeous peppers Val. Sounds like you had a super weekend with you kids.

  13. Woohooot, way to fast out the blocks you are!!! Well done Val!

  14. WOW those peppers look beautiful. All of my favorite flavors..yum. I'll be making these soon:)

  15. I love the idea of pesto peppers! They're so pretty. I hate that summer is coming to a close, but like you I know I'll enjoy what's next!

  16. I love stuffed peppers, grilled would be even more fanatastic

  17. These peppers look terrific with pesto and buffalo mozzarella!

  18. Val, How does something so simple appeal to all my senses? Why does summer have to end?

  19. I've enjoyed many a braai on my visits to S.A....Val, again you have demonstrated your wonderful bbq skills with this gorgeous pepper dish! Brilliant!

  20. WOWZA, what i wouldn't give to sink my teeth into one of those pepper bowls of goodness. really great idea, val!

  21. These look completely delicious. It is always nice to have new ideas for the barbecue so I will follow this event closely. I love fish on the barbecue in particular!

  22. How fabulous that you got to spend some time with your kids! Mine has been away for only 2 weeks at this point, so we're not expecting him home until the holidays. Oh the adventures, right? The peppers look amazing. What a great idea.

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  24. What an interesting way to prepare peppers. These sound delicious. Thanks for letting us know about the barbecue event. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  25. Love those pesto peppers Val, and so glad to hear you got to spend time with your family! :)

  26. Stuffed peppers like these are always a welcome dish at my table. Well done Val ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  27. These look and sound delicious, Val! What a cool event...I'll definitely check it out =)

  28. These peppers look awesome! I'm less of a big city girl. I like heading into town every now and again, but not living in the bustle of it all.

  29. Simple and delicious - all I like about food. :)

  30. Absolutely gorgeous peppers, Val! :-) What a fabulous round up this will be. :-) So glad you had such a great time with your kids. :-)

  31. There is nothing like getting together with family and good friends, no matter where you live.

    I must say I love the looks of those peppers...and since I'll be visiting the farmers market tomorrow, I think I might just have to pick up a bunch.

  32. Valli, I loved reading your post about your time with family, simplicity, slowing down and all those important things in life that we take for granted! The peppers with pesto are a MUST MAKE....I'm falling in love with grilled veggies. I was inspired by your Cooking Light posts so I prepared my very first C.L. dish this week, also grilled veggie variety. You, and other bloggers really help me out in so many ways. May I have your permission to link this recipe and post up to my Fresh Clean and Pure Friday hop today? I'm trying my best to find quality posts (not quantity) focused on improving our lifestyles in many ways. Please let me know if this is OK? Roz

  33. Love the BBQ. Nice to see you on Fresh Friday.

  34. I love grilled peppers, too. I actually make an amazing and simple Eastern European salad with them (on my site). I freeze them and make it all year round. I use the torn bits to make Ajvar - and incredible roasted red pepper Eastern Eurpean spread. It is deadly. Thanks for telling me about the Sept 24th event on Jean's site. I haven't opened her post yet and actually have a beautiful cornish game hen that I grilled inspired by our dinner at Chez Panisse in Berkeley last summer.

  35. Really, Val, I should never have read this at breakfast time! Those peppers look so good!

    I love to visit big cities, but prefer living in a smaller one. My daughter, on the other hand, is a big city girl from the get-go. She lives in NYC and would never consider anything else.

  36. I love your blog!

    This looks so dlicious!

    Have a nice time!

  37. Hi!
    Following from Fresh Friday Blog Hop...would love to have you follow back!

  38. Drooling! Yummm!!!

    Great blog; so happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  39. Those look amazing!! I am always on the lookout for new vegetable side dishes that I can cook on the BBQ and this one is definitely a winner! The melty cheese and pesto combination just did it for me. Thanks v much for taking part in the event and see you at the roundup!

  40. Hi :-)
    Loved this grilled peppers recipe.
    It looks really delicious.
    It is my first visit in this blog,but i'm sure going to visit again.

  41. This would go perfectly with some grilled meat on the braai! Lovely contribution.


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