Permaculture in Action

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hidden Treasures

Look what I found during our harvest this morning.

I found quite a lot. The others went into the meal before I thought to take a photo

 Capsicums in the middle of winter! I managed to find quite a few tucked away. I really thought that they were finished.

I decide to make one of my favourite meals, usually reserved for summer due to the ingredients being summer vegies. But I had the other ingredients in the pantry so decided to indulge ourselves.The recipe comes from Kathryn Hawkin's "Vegetarian Main Meals". Mexican Chilli Corn Pie
Garlic and onion chopped
1 red and 1 green Pepper (Capsicum)
hot chilli powder
Can tomatoes }
Can sweetcorn } I always use these fresh if I have them
Can kidney beans ( or 1/2 cup dried beans soaked overnight and cooked)
2 tblspn fresh coriander

2/3cup cornmeal (polenta)
1 tblspn flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg beaten
6 Tblspn milk
1 tblspn oil 
1 cup grated cheese

1. Fry garlic, onion and capsicum until soft
2. Stir in chilli powder, tomatoes,corn, beans and seasonings. Bring to boil and simmer 10 mins. Stir in coriander and spoon into ovenproof dish.
3. to make topping, mix together polenta ,flour, salt and baking powder. Make a well in the centre, add the egg, milk, and oil, and beat until smooth batter is formed.
4. Spoon over the capsicum and corn mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in oven at 220c/425F for 25-30 mins until golden and firm.

There's enough left for lunch tomorrow.


  1. Yah for found treasures in a winter garden! Once again the recipe looks yummy!

  2. you must have one heck of a little micro climate going on there! woohoo! i am thoroughly impressed!

  3. Am really liking your recipes! And I commented on your gorgeous finished projects yesterday but the message has gone AWOL!

  4. Thanks for your comments. I think Maggie that fact that we haven't had any major frosts yet has a lot to do with it.Am glad you're enjoying the recipes!

  5. I wish the sun would shine long enough for our peppers to grow. I'm afraid it won't ever happen for us. For now, I'll enjoy you lovely peppers. Glad I stumbled upon here...

  6. Oooooooo I must give that recipe a go! It looks great. How did your capsicum survive the frost?? although amazingly our chillies have too. Bizarre. Thank you for leaving me such a lovely note too :)