So she’s flown away, our daughter, gone to uni and the best years sof her life. So, what do we eat now? How do I cook for 2? We sit on that long table each evening with her absence as present as the air and sounds of birds we hear so clearly now that her pop music isn’t blaring all day long. Week one was impossible- I couldn’t bear to cook much. Now I do but not the stuff she loved. She hated green peppers so here is a green pepper dish I made up as if to say huh I don’t care, at least we can now eat these peppers without her complaining… but it is  all a pretence. I would promise never to buy a single green pepper to have her home. Love you my girl.

Green peppers with mince and couscous

4 large green peppers
1/2 cup boiled rice of any sort really
a tbsp pine nuts or sunflower seeds
1/2 ib mince beef as fat free as possible
1 onion
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 stick cinnamon
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 hot green chillies
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tbsp olive oil

Cut the peppers in half and rub over with the olive oil

In a pan cook chopped onions in the sunflower oil until they start to brown

Add the cinnamon stick

Throw in the  mince and break up to the smallest bits with a wooden spoon as it as it cooks

Add the chillies and carry on cooking

Then add tomatoes and let it all simmer for 6 minutes.

Mix in rice, nots or seeds and season with salt and pepper.

Place the peppers in a graesed baking tray and stuff with this mixture

Dribble a little olive oil over each

bake for 20 mins and eat with crusty bread and grren salad. She hated crusty bread too.