On Sunday night some friends who are farmers gave us a large bag of peppers and several heads of cauliflowers. My first thought was - what in the world am I going to do with all of it? But on Monday morning as my head was clearer I started developing a strategy for it: divide and conquer! =)
Peppers: First I decided to make stuffed peppers that day for lunch to feed our family and some helpers at the building site. Stuffed peppers is one of the favorite meals in the summer, but this year I hadn't cooked any yet, mainly because we had lots of zucchinis and other squashes, so I have been cooking those "stuffed". We cook stuffed peppers here more often than baking them. The recipe is really simple and doesn't take much preparation.
First I clean the peppers removing the inside and cutting off a tiny top from them. Wash them and let let dry a bit. Meanwhile I mix some ground meat with uncooked rice, chopped onions, and egg or two, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and maybe a tiny bit flour. Then I stuff the peppers from the top with the uncooked mixture and put them standing up in a shallow but wide pan. I mix some tomato juice (canned or prepared from fresh tomatoes) with water and pour over it to cover them. Then I just cook them for about an hour. Just before they are finished, I mix a bit of flour with water (stirring well, so there are no lumps) and pour into the tomato sauce, close the lid and gently shake the pot. Then I cook it a bit more until the sauce thickens a bit. Some people add roux into the sauce, but my version is lighter as it doesn't add any fat. We either eat this just with bread or with mashed potatoes.
Then I prepared another batch of peppers for stuffing for the freezer. I stacked them to take up less space in the freezer (I have only three drawers). The big girls cut up for me a bunch of the peppers to freeze and use in the winter for pizzaas and other meals.
I chose the reddest peppers and roasted these in the oven. I described how I make roasted peppers last year.
Then I kept a bowl of the peppers in the refrigerator to use over the next week and gave away the rest to family and friends =).
Cauliflower: used one huge head to make soup on Tuesday, froze two separated into flowerets and gave away the remaining two. Whew, nothing will go to waste!