Sunday, October 21, 2007
Red Pepper Burgers
This has absolutely nothing to do with red peppers but it entertained me as I sat in the park yesterday. On the bench next to me a woman in Gucci loafers sat chatting to a man wearing pastel orange cashmere. She stood up and called out to her companion."Oscar, come over here darling. Its time to synch our diaries."
Oscar, who was head to toe in Ralph Lauren came over and sat with them, on the floor in front. They all got out their diaries. These were the kind of diaries that you see featured in colour supplements, covered in soft leather. With the kind of precision that you normally see in synchronised swimming, they all opened the page at November. Gucci Loafer woman was clearly in charge.
"Right then, if you can just pencil in that Mummy is in New York from the 3rd of November to the 8th. That is M in NY. Oscar, if you can pencil in that Maria will be looking after you over that week. Then she will hand you over to Assunta on the 8th as Daddy will be in Hong Kong from the 7th to 11th. Can you just put D and H-K on those days."
By now Oscar had dropped his pencil. His pale blue diary lay on the tarmac. He was flying around like an aeroplane, arms stretched out."Look at me. I am flying" he yelled. Mr Cashmere and Mrs Gucci tried to persuade him to return to his diary.
Oscar must have been about 4 years old. Diary synchronising at 4 years old????
Anyhow I came home with my red and orange bell peppers and roasted them. This involved the normal palava with the mop handle and the smoke alarm. One of the comments left on the blog suggested I serve them with burgers. So I made some simple beef burgers. I rubbed the blackened skins from the peppers under cold water and then cut out a round the same size as the burger. I did the same thing with a round of mozzarella cheese, cutting out a shape from the middle with a cookie cutter. Once the burger was cooked I placed the pepper on top, then the mozzarella and served them. Martha Stewart would have been proud of me. The cheese melts over the pepper and Freddie was impressed. He scored the pepper burger 8 out of 10.