Julie Express recipes for mid-week

by Organikal on October 1, 2007

Forget Nigella – Let me come to your weeknight aid by giving you a recipe for grown-ups that’s simpler than Simon and one the kids will love too:

Lecso – serves 2-3

I’ve had this recipe in my recipe folder forever. I can’t recall where I found it, although I have written down that ir originates in Hungary! It’s a really tasty way to use up sweet peppers and is ready in a matter of minutes. It’s best served on a bed of rice.

The recipe calls for 2 green and 2 yellow peppers – I always use 2 red peppers only. You can experiment to suit yourself.
1 sliced onion (I only ever use red onion).
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 tablespoons paprika
3 medium tomatoes (skinned & 1/4′d) – in winter, a can of plum tomatoes is a good substitute
2 beaten eggs

cut pepper into strips
fry onion in oil for 1-2 minutes
add paprika, stir
add peppers & fry for 2 mins
add tomatoes, fry for 1 minute
add egg & season
stir well until cooked
serve immediately

Ciabatta Pizza

Take a half size ciabatta loaf for  every 2 kids.
Slice in half lengthways through the middle as if making a sandwich.
Turn cut side to the top – drizzle with olive oil.
Make a tomato sauce – I usually use an onion, a couple of cloves of garlic, a red pepper, a carrot and some celery before either a couple of cans of plum tomatoes or a bottle of passata for this one. Use whatever herbs you have – fresh basil is great but dried would work easily as well, as would oregano, rosemary and/or thyme.
Spoon tomato sauce over pizza and top with either slices of mozarella or cheddar cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes on a medium oven.

Better than shop-bought or take-away any day of the week and ready in a jiffy, it should please all the little ones. Cut into strips for pre-schoolers but let everyone else eat whole with their fingers.

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