How are you? We are doing well – I am slogging along three days per week at cardiac rehab. I go back to the physician in August to find out if he will allow me to work again or if that is a no. It all depends on what the echo cardiogram shows. The oddest thing has happened since I had my Widowmaker – my tastes food and drink-wise have changed completely! I don’t know why and maybe it is because I have cut down so much on my sodium intake and maybe, just maybe it’s the four pints of blood I got while I was in the hospital. Who knows? But wow – now I want certain brands of ice cream every day and I never cared much for it much before. Also, anything pineapple I will eat or drink! In fact, I have completely given up my beloved Diet Dr. Pepper (now it tastes bitter to me) in favor of Fanta Pineapple soda pop – I cannot get enough! I drink lemonade and pineapple pop when I’m not drinking straight up water. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I disliked water and NEEDED my Diet Dr. Pepper every day when I got up! No Caffeine headaches so far and it’s been 2 ½ months. I no longer like sushi and I want all my meat to be cooked on a charcoal grill.
One thing I have done is expand my world of foods even more than it was before. I’ve always been an adventurous eater but I also mostly ate like a kid – which is not good when you are my age. Now I eat a ton of vegetables and fruits, something I never did before. One of my new discoveries is Shishito Peppers as an appetizer. They are on sale now in grocery stores and farmer’s markets across the U.S. Well, I say that – they are on sale here: 1 bag for $1.99.
They are mild – no heat at all and when we roast them – there’s no need to peel them either – they are small and oh-so-tasty!
Sheet Pan Shishito Peppers with Garlic Aioli
1 lb. Shishito Peppers, washed and dried
¼ Cup Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste (I use No Salt)
For dipping sauce:
5 Cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
½ Cup Mayo
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
As early as the day before mix all the ingredients up for the Garlic Aioli and put it in the fridge.
Spread your Shishito peppers out on a baking pan that’s covered with foil – for cleaning easy.
Pre-heat oven to 425F
Drizzle Olive Oil all over the peppers then sprinkle with salt and pepper well.
Using your hands, toss peppers all around until they are all covered like this:
Put in the oven for about six minutes then pull them out and toss over with a spatula.
Back into the oven for about six more minutes – keep watch as your oven might be hotter than mine.
Take them out, put them in a bowl and serve with the aioli on the side.
They are so delicious and there is not after taste or whang like some peppers leave. You’ll love them!
I grew these a few years ago (actually I grew Padron peppers — same thing) and absolutely fell in love with them. To me, the flavor was very similar to okra, or eggplant. Very good. — Keep following doctors’ orders, young lady, and you’ll be good as new. 🙂
Eggplant — yes!! I knew they tasted like something but I honestly couldn’t come up with what it was. Thanks for putting the words I needed – out there!
I’m not familiar with these peppers – I’ll see if my store carries them. Sounds really interesting.
Glad to see you blogging again.
I think you will like them! thanks – Kelli
KELLI, SO HAPPY YOU ARE DOING SO WELL! YOU ARE A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US. ALWAYS HAVE LOVED YOUR RECIPES. KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL WORK. THINKING OF YOU AND CONTINUE TO FEEL GOOD!!
Thank you so much for your well wishes!!
First of all hang in there and many good thoughts to you! We had these first many moons ago in Santa Fe and I started growing them as soon as I was able. I love the buttery consistency of these and the Russian roulette element (hot or mild). Roasting them is a great idea, Kelli. Take care!!!!
Joan in VA
Just wondering how you are doing? It’s been awhile since you last posted, and you had a doctors appointment in August. I’m hoping all went well and you are just busy lvfing your life.
Joan in VA
Hi Joan! Thanks for asking – I am getting ready to make a new post. I’m doing okay — I cannot seem to get the amount of weight the physicians want off – off! I’ve changed my diet and done rehab 3 days per week for 12 weeks but I just keep sitting at the same weight. My ef (which means how much heart leakage I think) is not all that great making me have labored breathing most of the time. Some days I feel fantastic and some days not. And I ALWAYS need a nap! 😉 I’ll be back soon with a great new recipe! xoxo
Mireille | the Tortilla Channel
Thank you so much for sharing about how you are and this recipe as well.
Thank YOU, Mireille!