Fresh summer capsicum cooked with garden ingredients
January 12, 2016
I left the capsicum (pepper) plants in the garden last summer after cutting them back, through the winter months. They spent that time looking like dead sticks in my garden but it has meant that spring produces a flush of new growth that soon becomes new fruit in early summer. The plants in the second year produce much more strongly than the first year.
As a result, I have been following a two year cycle where we are experiencing a bounty of gorgeous nice sized capsicums to add to family meals from the plants that were left in over winter. I have collected kilos in the past couple of weeks from the plants that have wintered and are now producing for the second summer.
I have been trying some new recipes in a bid to enjoy and use the gorgeous bounty of fruit we have.
This dish may be served as a main or a side. I created it as a main thus the addition of the smoked salmon. I think I’d leave that out if I was serving it as a side and add some freshly chopped garden harvested summer tomatoes instead. The addition of freekeh turns this dish into a wholesome satisfying meal.
I hope that you enjoy the combination of the nutty flavoured freekeh with the creamy feta and salmon and sweet sweet home grown capsicums as much as we did.
Experience has shown me that capsicums can be dormant over winter in our garden and burst to life the following year, bigger, healthier and more productive. Based on this knowledge I have created a constant cycle of planting as follows:
You will find my growing notes for capsicum here.
Last years summer harvests of fresh capsicums resulting in two of my favourite recipes: roast capsicum sauce, and this glorious roast capsicum salsa – I forgot about that so am thankful for this years harvest as I am now set to make more of this salsa to keep for the coming months, it was amazing! That can be the downfall of creating a seemingly endless stream of recipes – sometimes the really great ones get lost under the pile!
With the first summer harvests of this years capsicum I wanted to make something that could be served as a main or a side dish, depending on how you feel. The ingredients are filling so it will work as a main meal if you wish. Alternatively, as mentioned above, leave out the smoke salmon and serve it with fish or a serve of poached chicken.
How is your summer garden progressing? Are you enjoying an abundance of fresh summer vegetables and herbs to add to your family meal table?
If not, but you would like to be sure to take a look at the Kitchen Garden Box.
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