Recipe For Pickled Peppers

The upshot of living in a coastal village is that I can walk on the beach everyday, weather permitting. We live very far west in South Africa, which only has one time zone. So, the second plus is that the sun sets really late for us, and we can enjoy daylight up until 20h00 in summer. The down side is how the rules change during tourist season. We can walk our dogs along the dunes 11 months of the year, but now that the out of towners have arrived, this is not allowed. We have to pay for parking along the beachfront 11 months of the year, but with the influx of holiday makers, the fees have been waived. We pay rates and taxes and yet 11 months of the year we barely see a police car – and now, there is visible policing. We spend our money 11 months of the year buying fresh fish, but over season, the prices soar. Our local drinking spot is suddenly full, we cannot get a table, and even if we could, the lack of service would not be worth it. The restaurants have put their prices up for our wealthier neighbours from up North. So, for 1 month of the year, we are house bound. We watch our well spent income making the holiday makers happy – they have clean beaches, free parking and access to all the amenities we ensure are open for them by our support during the year. It saddens me that during my holiday I am better off at home, where the food is good and the view thankfully great. So, to keep me busy, this December that just passed has seen me in my kitchen every day. I have made my way through a lot of recipes I have wanted to try and this recipe for Pickled Peppers is another one I am sharing with you.

Pickled Peppers
Pickled Peppers

Pickled Peppers
 
Ingredients
  • 240g mixed peppers, cored, piths and seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 red onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 125g sugar – I used fructose
  • 150mls red wine vinegar
  • 2.5mls salt
  • 1 stalk rosemary
  • 1 white onion, cut in half and sliced
Method
  1. place the peppers, red onion, sugar, vinegar, salt and rosemary into a heavy bottomed sauce pan
  2. bring to the boil and cover and simmer for 30 minutes
  3. remove the rosemary stalk, give the peppers a good stir and simmer for another 30 minutes
  4. add the white onion, stir the ingredients and continue to simmer with the lid off for 45 minutes
  5. Place into a sterilized glass jar
  6. and leave for 2 weeks before eating

 

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27 thoughts on “Recipe For Pickled Peppers

  1. Blerrie Vaalies!! ;o)

    Your pickled peppers look fab though – want to try my hand at pickling this year!

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    1. I love making pickles! Those Vaalies can be something else 🙂

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  2. We used to live in Key Largo, Florida, and it was much the same as you describe during your tourist season. We walked to our favorite restaurant one night and were told that we couldn’t have a table because they were fully booked. My husband smiled nicely to the hostess and reminded her that we ate at their restaurant on a weekly basis. The tourists would be eating one time and would probably not return. All of the sudden, she found a table for us. Tourists are very good for the economy but the locals must be considered as well.

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    1. that is a typical coastal / tourist town story Karen. We are well known in the village now so it is a bit easier to get service but not always 🙂

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  3. How frustrating to be made house bound by tourists. I probably do this to people here on the coast. But plus side is great recipe

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    1. It is not all that bad really!

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  4. Sorry about those holiday makers, just think about how fortunate you are to have all this to yourself for 11months of the year.
    This is a lovely recipe–i will be sure to try it

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    1. I know we have the best of it year round really!

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  5. I love posts like this special one! I love all things home-made & this one is no exception!
    Yummmm,…! 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Sophie 🙂

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  6. You have brought back so many memories with this post. I remember my grandmother making Pickled Peppers. And believe it or not I haven’t really thought about them since I saw this post. Amazing.. thanks for the memories 🙂

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    1. that is the best ‘result’ for me, a memory 🙂

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  7. At least for 11 months of the year you get peaceful access to a spot where everyone desperately wants to spend their holidays! 🙂

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    1. that is the best way to look at it Celia 🙂

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  8. if only it weren’t the middle of winter here, I’d so spring for a chance to make this.

    thanks for the idea, Tandy.

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    1. something to look forward to? Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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  9. Hope this passes soon. When we lived on the beach years ago, the trash picked up so much in the summer. Katherine hated that. Great recipe too.

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    1. thankfully schools open this coming week so all will be back to normal soon 🙂

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  10. Mmm, I love anything pickled but haven’t attempted anything but cucumbers. I’ll have to try this. Looks delicious!

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    1. cucumbers should be next on my list! Thanks for the visit Amy 🙂

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  11. I’ve been on a pickling kick lately myself! Looks tasty!

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    1. looking forward to seeing what you have done 🙂

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  12. Holiday season is a big “upset” for us coastal dwellers Tandy – although we are not affected as much as you are, thankfully!
    Fabulous recipe! These would also make for great gifts.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. one day I came home and could not get into my drive way! it is not a fun time for us at all 🙂

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  13. Thanks for the recipe, Tandy.. It sounds delicious.

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    1. I am going to get them out of the cupboard tonight for my dinner party 🙂

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