A DIY week, so it's simple suppers ...

Thursday 23 August 2012

This Week is... DIY kick start week ...

With some nice weather and some time off work, Mr C.M and I are DIY-ing in the home. So dinner has been quick this week. After I have put down baby, we start the DIY so supper needs to be quick. These are my short-cuts for this week in the kitchen (as my kitchen won't we back to normal til Sunday).

Roasted Yellow Peppers and Tomatoes in Olive Oil

I make up this sauce and keep it in the fridge with Thrifty Pesto. It can be used with pasta, on pizza or on breads. It is also child and baby friendly as it has nothing spicy or highly seasoned in it. A good base to add to - spice it up or add cream or spinach for a mild creamy sauce.Very simple and sweet (as the vegetables have been slow roasted).


What you need  -

4 large yellow peppers
4 large over ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon of tomatoes paste
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Nut oil
1 teaspoon of sugar
Salt and pepper


Go Create!

Heat the oven to 180*C.
Slice open the yellow peppers and arrange on a tray then drizzle with nut oil. Cook in the hot oven for 15 minutes then add sliced tomatoes to the tray and shake over the sugar. The sugar add sweetness to the roasted vegetables. Turn out the oven and they will cook in the heat of the oven. Leave for an hour (or until baby has gone to sleep!).
When cool, slice up the peppers into meaty slices and chop up the tomatoes into large chunks (still with the skins on). Add to a sealed jar then stir in the tomato paste and olive oil. Leave to cool. Don't cook olive oil as it burns off the goodness. Ikea jars are great for fridge storage (www.ikea.com) . Leave your mixture in the fridge for a few days to enrich it. Then you are ready.
When I have no time in the kitchen, these made ahead jars are always in the fridge for times when we need to eat. This week we have pesto, cooked pastas in oils, chopped salad in lemon juice, couscous plus chopped fruits for pudding.
Have to go, happy creating for today...

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