bell peppers: 1 post

Honey Marinated Peppers

My grandmother Valentina’s approach to food is simple–if it doesn’t taste good, it can’t be good for you. She doesn’t have patience for the self-induced sufferings of health food devotees, and she remains suspicious of green juices, raw beet salads and salt-free cabbage soups. I once loved to experiment with all of the above. To my credit I even convinced a friend to try a raw food diet for a week. Such an idea in the Soviet Union during winter wasn’t for the fainthearted. Our food supply was ideal for Park Slope locavores–seasonal. It meant that once we got fed up with last year’s apples and carrots, we moved onto raw potatoes. There is a reason–and I suspect, evolutionary sense–why humanity has chosen to give potatoes some form of thermal treatment.

pepper salad

After that infelicitous experience,  I’ve remained immune to most food fads, preferring instead to follow Valentina’s logic. Above all, it must taste good. Although Valentina doesn’t care for raw lettuce, she has a repertoire of vegetable salads, many of which she makes during the summer and preserves for the winter. Her pantry shelves are lined with jars of pink cabbage, eggplant slices in a spicy sauce, pickled zucchini or honey marinated peppers. Since Belgian markets have peppers all year round, the latter is an effortless dish to put together, summer or winter. I skip the canning part.

Continue reading →

From the Archives

Latest Comments

  • Karen A in Pumpkin Rice Pudding with a Millet Variation: My current favorite recipe is from Istanbul and Beyond by Robyn Eckhardt, Meatballs with Pumpkin and Spice Butter. So so tasty! I have made it with ground lamb, turkey and… November 13, 2019 at 5:04pm

  • Karen A in Power to the Pumpkin in Art and Perfume: Love the article and comments! When Like This came out I got a sample and wrestled with getting a full bottle but didn’t. The ad with her reading the poem… November 13, 2019 at 4:58pm

  • Fleurycat in Power to the Pumpkin in Art and Perfume: Thanks Mara, I tried “Like This” several years ago and was surprised by the pumpkin aspect of this fragrance, and as I remember it wasn’t overpoweringly gourmand. I will have… November 13, 2019 at 3:56pm

  • Fleurycat in Power to the Pumpkin in Art and Perfume: Yes, please do! The scent is lovely but not overpowering. Of course it’s nice anytime, but this and several other Sanitas masks are especially nice as a first step in… November 13, 2019 at 3:51pm

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2019 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy