Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Aha!! I bet you all thought I had forgotten about the "word" posts, didn't you??? Yep, yep. But I did not!! I actually remembered. Of course, I have the list sitting in front of me every time I sit down at the computer, but that's beside the point. So, we continue through the list with Ed's contribution of 'salsa'.....
Well, I had to think about this one for a while because I wanted to use the word in the not-so-obvious way, for one, and secondly, because I'm not so good at making salsa, so I didn't really think I could give ya'll a decent recipe or anything. I only halfway succeeded in coming up with a different presentation. Now, my homemade salsa is okay, I mean, I like it. But I know lots of people have like this obsession with making some kinda avant garde, foo-foo, nouveau cuisine salsa, and mine just ain't that. It's kinda plain. But anyway...this year I did find a nice pepper for making salsa! In fact, the variety was listed as "Salsa". I have no idea if that is it's real name, if it's a hybrid or what. See, neither Jack or I are big pepper connoisseurs. He doesn't like hot ones and I think ya'll may recall my loathing of bell peppers. I do like to cook with a little bit of pepper though that does have some heat, but not scald your face off hot. Also, because a couple of plants are plenty for us and the fact that pepper seeds just don't stay viable for much more than a year, I usually just buy a couple of starts from a local feed store.
This variety is about the same size as a banana pepper but fairly warm; about like a cayenne. This summer I roasted a few of these on the grill, pulled off the blackened skin and sliced the meat up for my salsa. I thought it added a nice flavor although I was cautious using them and, in hindsight, probably could have used more. I also used some rings from these peppers in some of my pickles. I canned more this summer than I did last but still didn't get to put up as much as I wanted of several things due to just not feeling well towards the end of summer. No pickled okra!! which is just a travesty. God forbid I guess I'll have to buy some.
So anyway, if you happen upon any of these peppers in plant or seed I recommend them. I may even try to save a few seeds and grow some more next year.