Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Scrumptious Bell Pepper Relish from multi-published author Vonnie Hughes. Thanks for dropping in, Vonnie. The kitchen is all yours.

Australia is a large continent so that even though it's technically winter, in the northern areas it's still hot and produces great vegetables. Right now we have a glut of bell peppers (we call them capsicums) - green ones, yellow ones (my favorite, they're sweet), orange ones and red ones.

So here's a dead simple recipe for Bell Pepper Relish. Only makes 2½ cups, but you can double it. I made it yesterday and gave some away. It's a roaring success.

Bell Pepper Relish
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup white wine vinegar
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. allspice
1 tsp. garlic flakes

Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. Boil at medium-high until the mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally - should take about 35 minutes. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Keep refrigerated.


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Vonnie Hughes is a New Zealander living in Australia. She loves animals and jogging. Vonnie writes Regencies and romantic suspense novels along with short stories.

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  1. Great recipe, Vonnie! The bell peppers are still plentiful here, and now the pumpkins are our in full force! Got anything for pumpkins? Wink-wink. Cheers and best wishes for bestsellers!

  2. Hi there peeps. Just to deter all teenagers, bell peppers are GOOD for you. Full of vitamins and minerals. (Just lost most of the audience). Pumpkins - actually we are not so intent on pumpkins as those in the USA and Canada. Umm...excuse me but where I grew up in the boonies of New Zealand there were regarded as umm...pig food. Sorry!

    1. You know I was thinking the same thing that Aus don't have as much with pumpkins as they had 'Halloween pumpkins' at the local shop. I thought I wouldn't know how to go about carving one out for Halloween. It'll all be one hell of mess - especially on me.