[CH] Snow, expensive chiles and recipe

David Smith (david@dwsmith.demon.co.uk)
Wed, 15 Apr 1998 15:57:58 +0000

Well CH's, it's snowing outside and my overwintered Thai Bird's Eye 
plants are looking long and lanky for being in the house too long. I 
had been putting them outside to soak up the spring sunshine but 
then we got all this awful weather.

How about this for expensive chiles. I was really excited to see
Ancho and Pasilla chiles in our local Waitrose supermarket today. I was
going to buy some when I saw they were GBP 1.99 for 20 grams. A
rough and ready conversion makes that about USD 4.75 per ounce.
Ouch. And you wouldn't get many meals out of 20g (0.71 oz).

So it's back to my stock from the freezer. I used some of last year's
crop just recently and they were terrific. I made a dish I probably
got from the CH list (or maybe it's a couple of dishes I merged
together, can't remember). It's onions and garlic sauteed in oil then
strips of pork loin steaks added to the pan to colour a little. Then
add  loads of finely chopped (skins removed) Poblanos and Fresnos
which I de-seeded and roasted before freezing, plenty of finely
chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), ground coriander seed, salt,
black pepper, nutmeg and enough thick double (?heavy) cream to make a
sauce. I let the sauce meld together a bit then remove the contents
of the pan with a slotted spoon  and lay it down the centre of some
flour tortillas. Roll up the tortillas, lay them on a baking tray and
pour the remaining sauce over the tortillas. Bake in the oven for 20
minutes until the tortillas are golden brown. Delicious (well, we
like it).

Good to see Cameron is back from his travels. Nice to see travel 
hasn't mellowed you Cameron ;-))



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