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Red Peppers Babel’s Tower

I extraneously got some inspiration from the Genesis… You all know, I’m not a religious person… but, I have read about the Babel Tower.

So, when Jai and Bee from Jugalbandi announced the new Click event for this month: RED, I immediately pictured this Red Peppers Babel Tower in my mind.

According to the biblical account, a united humanity, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, took part in the building after the Great Flood; Babel was also called the “beginning” of Nimrod’s kingdom. The people decided their city should have a tower so immense that it would have “its top in the heavens.”(וְרֹאשׁוֹ בַשָּׁמַיִם) However, the Tower of Babel was not built for the worship and praise of God, but was dedicated to the glory of man, with a motive of making a ‘name’ for the builders: “Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’” (Genesis 11:4). God, seeing what the people were doing, confounded their languages and scattered the people throughout the earth. (Wikipedia source)

This Babel Pepper tower is dedicated to the glory of Red Peppers: a good source of selenium and vitamin C, E, and pro vitamin A. Peppers are antioxidant and beneficial to the body, the perfect ingredient in a low calorie diet, diuretic, digestive, depurative… All these peppers come from a different background and their characteristics are unique and different, but somehow they managed to understand each other and build the tower!

I wanted to go to La Boqueria and get Peppers from all over the world, but I couldn’t make it last week, and these are all from the grocer’s shop and the Friday’s farmers market:
Still missing some Pimientos del Piquillo from Lodosa and Jalapeños from Xalapa and… you can add your own here :D
I simply grilled the fresh ones (20 to 30 minutes in the oven’s grill at high temp.). Boiled some rice in salty water and drained. Heated 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and added one guindilla, after aromatizing the oil, added some cooked chickpeas and the drained rice. Stirred a bit and turned the heat off. Presented in a small bowl and added some peeled stripes of grilled red pepper. Seasoned with some extra virgin olive oil and salt.

I’m sending the previous picture to Click’s Event! Come join… It’s fun!!!!
And meanwhile, grab your fork and eat!

More recipes with peppers:
Escalivada and fresh anchovy
Stuffed Piquillo peppers
Stuffed Red peppers


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01/19/2009 · 15:03 h by bee

thank you so much for your entry, dear nuria.

01/19/2009 · 15:21 h by we are never full

very pretty, nuria. speaking of peppers, did you ever use any of the hot dried ones we sent last year? just curious…

oh and we had some of the salami that you sent us recently yesterday… right before our kitchen sink pipe burst and our day went into a downward spiral. needless to say, that was the highlight of our day.

01/19/2009 · 16:27 h by Passionate About Baking

HOla sweetheart! This is one helluva passionate post. BEE-YOO-TI-FUL pictures too.

01/19/2009 · 17:13 h by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

Wow, Nuria! That is a gorgeous photo – well photos. Good luck in Click!

01/19/2009 · 17:19 h by Nathan

I love peppers, I prefer the taste of green bell peppers in sofrito, I use the red one’s for garnishes or in stuff that it’ll look pretty in :) (they are also more expensive than the greens here in Cali)

I’m gonna make a “Arroz Con Garbanzo y Chorizo” I think you’ll love it (I’ll make it next month or something I don’t have all my ingredients I’m missing the Spanish Chorizo)

01/19/2009 · 17:52 h by Ivy

Lovely clicks Nuria. Good Luck.

01/19/2009 · 19:46 h by cuisine by monsoon

beautiful photo!
well done!:))))

01/19/2009 · 20:59 h by Joan Nova

Nuria – you’re getting so artsy. What fun! Speaking of fun, I just noticed Bee’s photo!

01/19/2009 · 22:31 h by Núria

Thanks so much for your comments chicos y chicas!!!! It’s too late at night and I’m too tired to answer… It’s been a loooooong day… but I’ll be right back with you with some anwsers tomorrow. Sleep well ;D

01/19/2009 · 23:29 h by Laurie Constantino

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and very creative. Your red tower of Babel is such a great idea! And lucky you to have all those red peppers to play with – such a tasty and delicious ingredient!

01/20/2009 · 0:14 h by glamah16

You fantastic artist you!

01/20/2009 · 0:22 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

Beautiful and delicious! I love peppers in any form.

I’m less interested in meat or fish these days, so anything that is all vegetable attracts my eye especially.

01/20/2009 · 4:01 h by [eatingclub] vancouver || js

Those peppers are positively gorgeous, sinfully red. What a way to showcase beautiful peppers: lovely.

01/20/2009 · 4:08 h by Antonio Tahhan

uy, me encanta el nuevo header y el widget q tienes :) very neat analogy for the red peppers, too!

01/20/2009 · 6:30 h by Peter G

Beautiful Nuria…muy artistic! The recipe is so easy and delicious too!

01/21/2009 · 1:15 h by Marc @ NoRecipes

Wow that does look like the Tower of Babel (at least the illustrations I’ve seen of it). Your rice dish sounds delightfully simple and aromatic.

01/21/2009 · 3:47 h by Dragon

You have such a talent for making simple food look fantastic. well done!

01/21/2009 · 4:31 h by Mallory Elise

LOVE them! hooray!

01/21/2009 · 14:22 h by Maryann

Pretty! ;)

01/22/2009 · 15:03 h by Peter M

I love the dry, roasted pepper…so much flavour in it, chica!

01/24/2009 · 8:21 h by Núria

Nathan! Arroz con garbanzos y chorizo is one of my favorites!!!! It’s a rice typical from Alicante, Valencia… Simply delicious :D

I read all your comments and I thank you for them :D. These days I’m a busier agenda than Obama!!!! Hopefully will be back to normal blog activity soon. Thanks for your patiente everybody :D

01/24/2009 · 19:30 h by taste memory

Oh I would love to go to La Boqueria… so lucky you are to have that WONDERFUL world renowned market place! your bell pepper photos are PERFECT – can taste the sweet crunch already. thanks for sharing about it’s grand history…..what there not to love about the beauty + taste of them/ so yummy ~

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